“A Conversation With David Beckler: A Firefighter Turned Into An Author” is the name of today’s episode of Modern Breeze Talk Show. Welcome to Modern Breeze. I’m Arpan Ghosh, today’s moderator. Hope, you all are doing good. Today, we have a very special guest among us. He was a Firefighter and later turned into an author. Let’s welcome Mr. David Beckler in this Talk Show.
David Beckler’s parents met in India and he was conceived there, but was born in Addis Ababa in 1960. He spent his first eight years living on an agricultural college in rural Ethiopia where his love of reading developed. His mother brought them to the UK in 1970 where he has lived since.
After dropping out of university, David Beckler became a firefighter and served 19 years before leaving to start his own business. He began writing in 2010 and use his work experiences to add realism to his fiction.
David Beckler lives in Manchester, his adopted home since 1984. In his spare time he tries to keep fit—an increasingly difficult undertaking—listen to music, socialise and feed his voracious book habit.
Let’s start the conversation.
When did you first considered yourself as a ‘Writer’?
When I finished the manuscript of my first novel.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
That a character can take on a life of their own. Before I started writing, I didn’t believe authors who said this happened – how could it, they are a product of your imagination? I found it disconcerting at first, but now I welcome it as a sign my characters are becoming well rounded.
Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Sergeant Tang started life as a man – there were no female detectives in China at the time this book is set. I changed him into a her when my editor asked me to remove another female character. The greatest changes I had to make, were the other characters’ attitudes and reactions to her.
What is the key / theme or message in the book?
I suppose there are two key themes. Doing the right thing is often difficult, and the importance of friendship and loyalty.
What is the significance of your title?
It refers to an important force in human nature that can be harnessed for good or evil.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I’m working on the third Mason & Sterling thriller, set in Manchester in 2002, and also a new thriller series featuring a female protagonist, set in a contemporary London.
What message do you want to give your readers?
The message running through the novels in the Mason & Sterling series is, be true to yourself, even when it’s often the hardest thing to do.
What tips you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Read good books.
Write every day. Bad writing can be improved, but a blank page is just a blank page.
Learn the craft.
Join a good writing group where people are honest, but supportive.
Don’t give up.
How much time did you took to complete writing this book?
I finished the first draft in four weeks but spent six months rewriting it.
Who is your favourite author?
There are so many great writers, it’s very difficult to narrow it down to even a dozen. If I had to pick one, it would be James Lee Burke.
We thank Mr. David Beckler for attending our Talk Show and sharing his journey with us. Hope to see you again in this Talk Show.
Disclaimer: This is an interview conducted by Modern Breeze through email. The Credit of all answers goes to Mr. David Beckler.