Today we welcome mystery writer, Davyd Gosselin to the Christian Creative Nexus.
Hi, Davyd. Can you begin by telling us a little about yourself?
I was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec to an English mother and French-Canadian father. I grew up in the country which has always been a source of inspiration in my writing. I moved to Montreal in 1985 to attend Concordia University. I spent 25 years in the city (minus one year in Vancouver), latterly living on the Plateau where I began writing, The Boathouse Murders.
How did you get into writing? Why are you drawn to it?
I began writing because of Mrs. Maloney. She visited our house regularly and carried a cane which she seldom used. My mother told me she was a writer. I decided I wanted to be a writer too. I loved books and words. I was twelve.
Why did you choose your genre?
I had read all the Hardy Boys books three times over by the time I was ten. At twelve, I was reading Arthur Conan Doyle and Ellery Queen. I loved British detective fiction. Still do.
How did you learn/perfect your craft?
I took Creative Writing at CEGEP and obtained a B.A. in Creative Writing at Concordia University. I also learned a great deal about writing through books such as Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones.
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned about yourself or the writing business since you decided to walk this path?
I don’t like the business end of writing that much! I prefer to just create worlds and characters people fall in love with. However, I have learned to share my love of writing and reading with potential readers.
Do you have another job or do you write full-time?
I teach English Second Language and translate French to English.
What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of writing and how do you cope with it?
The reality that no one really cares whether I write or not. I cope with the reality by reminding myself two things: A. Analytics don’t validate my voice. B. The reward of writing is the writing itself (Sherwood Anderson).
Who are your favourite writers and why?
I have too many to count! I think the most impactful writers are the poets, Kalil Gibran and Wordsworth. I will always adore Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What advice would you give to writers, especially those looking to break into your genre?
There is no magic recipe, but there are a few essentials, one of which is grit and the second is hustle. Reading the masters of the craft (detective fiction) like Agatha Christie and P.D. James is always a good plan. Have a Plan B and never underestimate the power of a regular job. It’s a good place to make contacts and stay involved in life whilst churning out mountains of purple prose!
How can readers get into contact with you?
Check out my blog, Honey Blue Tea or visit me on Amazon’s Author Central. I am constructing a web site soon.
Can you tell us about your books? What other projects are you working on?
I am finishing up the second volume in the Bevyn Jones detective series: Murder at Matins. I have also published (Amazon) two chapbooks, one of short stories (Little Red Dress and Short Shorts) and another of poetry.
Can you share something interesting about yourself and unrelated to writing?
I really love dogs and horses. If I could, I’d have a ranch with Border Collies, lots of sheep and a couple of horses. I also enjoy cars, especially antique ones. I plan to buy a 1961 Ford Sunliner convertible. I tried to restore one when I was 18, but had to surrender it to the scrapyard due to a lack of funds.
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