What's your name?
What's the title of your most recent/forthcoming book?
Just Where You Left It – Family Rhymes for Modern Times
Describe the book in under 100 words.
A book of humorous poems written about things that are relevant to families
now. I wrote the first one in response to my eldest child’s request for
something different to perform at a school poetry competition. It took the p*ss
while being full of relevant references and from then on we were on a roll:
exams, school meals, bullying, sports days, holidays, wi-fi, embarrassing
Dads and nagging, know-all Mums were fair game. If you grew up on poems
by the likes of Ogden Nash – ones which are more Pam Ayres than
Alexander Pope - then this could be for you.
Describe the book in under 10 words.
Family Rhymes for Modern Times – relevant, amusing poems for all
What is your favourite book and why?
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. Hilarious, true and made me realize that others
were making it up as they go along.
Who is your favourite author and why?
Kazuo Ishiguro – makes it look so simple.
Name a book that you wish you'd written and why?
One Day by David Nichols or Q&A by Vikas Swarup. I would love to land on
the clever premise that provides the perfect structure for the story.
Describe a typical writing day for you.
Hopefully a miserable day, preferably raining. No-one else around and ideally in
a cabin in the woods. I listen to classical or soundtrack music – anything without
lyrics, at least not in any language that I can understand! I am a huge John
Barry fan and his non-score albums Beyondness of Things and Eternal Echoes
What's your biggest frustration as a writer?
There is never enough time.
How do we find out more about you and your work?
To date I have been concentrating on successfully raising the required financing for Unbound to publish my book, so while I have been using Facebook and Twitter, email has been the most effective method. Now that this phase is complete (though you can still see sample poems and pledge at https://unbound.com/books/just-where-you-left-it) I hope to extend the net through word of mouth, recommendations, advocacy and events as the final book starts to come together with its illustrations etc.
You can find out more about the book here: https://unbound.com/books/just-where-you-left-it and here: https://www.facebook.com/DavidRochebook/.
You can find out more about me (personal stuff) here: @davidlrroche (Twitter) and https://www.facebook.com/david.roche.90,
and (work stuff) here: http://davidroche.co.uk/about and here: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/davidroche