Welcome, Jeff Gardiner.
How would you describe your writing style in only three words?
Jeff: Contemporary. Eclectic. Psychological.
If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?
Jeff: Selena from ‘Treading On Dreams’ is almost too perfect, which would be fun for a while, but my aim would be to find which vices she’d be willing to explore. As a mate, Jaz from the same novel would be the most exciting friend to have. He represents everything your parents would disapprove of.
If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?
Jeff: I’d like to help Jerry in his fight against bullying in ‘Myopia’. As an ex-teacher I saw the terrible effects of bullying on individuals, and would happily continue to deal with the ignoramuses who make others feel so miserable.
Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?
Jeff: Gandhi, Jon Anderson (lead singer of Yes), Ian Botham, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Salma Hayek. I’d serve smoked salmon and stuffed peppers. Pudding has to be apple crumble with hot, thick custard.
If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?
Jeff: Horror/gothic. I’ve written some short horror and the dark side is always more interesting to write about than good. My id is far more fascinating than my ego.
What do you dislike the most about being an author?
Jeff: The amount of time required doing marketing and publicity. I enjoy meeting people and attending events, but so much time is needed for online pushing of your books, when you’re not sure of its effects.
Favourite word? Jeff: Bollocks!
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