Keith Anthony has waited some time before finally penning his debut novel, although he always knew he would write, and indeed the room in which he would work. It took a cruise-trip with his Mum, and a week away in a silent retreat to finally give him the focus and idea for 'Times and Places'
The story stars Fergus, who escapes on a cruise to come to terms with the death of his daughter. Whilst there, in the tension-filled floating hotel of no escape, simmering stress reaches boiling point as historic truth and present situations meet. It's an observational piece of literary fiction, much in the comedic style of Jonathan Coe.
Keith shares his daily routine, which involves iffy guitar playing, note compiling and, in time, complete immersion in the story. Also, we talk about what he has learned to help him write a second novel, how the edit was much trickier than he imagined, and whether his debut lived up to expectations.
Also, we get a top writing tip that may change the way you work forever from a creative-writing tutor, who wants to help you work on your memoir.