Ridgewood man Dave Stansfield who has spent most of his working life travelling the world, latterly as a sales director, has now become his own boss … as an author.
Travelling abroad was a lonely existence with long nights away from home, but Dave found plenty of time to indulge his hobby of reading and it was on one occasion, when he found himself without a book to read, that he started writing his own novel.
That was four books and 25,000 sales ago, and with his confidence growing Dave decided to hand in his notice and commit to a new writing role.
“I’m not retiring,” he stressed. “This is a new career.”
Now, the 58-year-old, who is married to Jennifer, and a father of two grown-up children, is setting out, in a very disciplined fashion, to write 1,000 words a day with the aim of writing two books a year.
He said: “It’s not straightforward, some days I write 1,000 words and decide they are not good enough, so throw them out and start again.”
His chosen genre is crime/spy. These are the books he enjoys reading and he has plenty of ideas in that field he would like to explore.
Dave’s first three books, are a trilogy, The Assassin The Grey Man and The Surgeon; To Kill a Grey Man and A Wicked Profit. Each is a standalone book but contains the main characters of an assassin, an intelligence officer and a breaker of men.
His fourth book is the newly published Tom Revilo, a former secret service agent brought back to help when there’s a crisis.
A common theme through all the books is that the heroes are older, still relevant men, in their late 50s with a lifetime of experience, who are pitted against young violent men. “They are strong guys, not supermen,” said Dave.
He started his new career a month ago and says the change is a bit scary. He’s still not certain he’s a good writer but says he is learning and getting better and having sold more than 25,000 of his previous books there’s hope for the future.
Publication is in his own hands as he writes e-books rather than for print. He admits that every writer’s dream, including his own, would be to see his books on a WH Smith stand but he accepts that won’t happen for him. An advantage though is that he’s his own boss.
Dave’s trilogy of books can be found on Amazon by following this link.
The new Tom Revilo is here.
And you can ‘Meet the Author’ in a blog here on Good Reads.