Inheritance Books: Dan Waddell

This week’s Inheritance Books are from Dan Waddell, prolific novelist and fellow Yorkshire person. Hi Dan, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself while I put the kettle on.

DAN WADELLI’m a 44 year-old, recovering tabloid journalist turned author. The first half of my life was spent in Yorkshire, but for the past 20 years I’ve lived in exile in London, a city I always wanted to live in and which has not disappointed me.  I finished my first book in 1999 and since then I’ve written more than 20 works of fiction and non-fiction.  Recently I re-acquired my rights to two crime novels which were published a decade ago, the first of which has just been released on Kindle. The  second follows in late May,  while the third, only ever released in France, will be published later this year with more to follow.

I also love playing and watching cricket (but rarely writing about – never kill the thing you love…) I was a talented teenage cricketer. At one stage I thought it might become a career, but it wasn’t to be. Writing has offered some compensation for those shattered dreams. But only some…

However, if I’m honest, most of my time is spent making fishfingers and chips for three children. [I can sympathise. I do much the same. R]

 

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

Cover of The Grapes of WrathMy dad’s copy of Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I read it on a holiday aged 17, when I’d lost the reading habit. I loved it and have never stopped reading since. I sometimes wonder what would’ve happened if I’d taken a bad book on that holiday…

My father Sid Waddell was a TV darts commentator who is fondly recalled in the UK.  We were very close (I wrote a book about him and our relationship in a book which was published last year, called We Had Some Laughs.) He read voraciously and widely, and scribbled notes and thoughts over many of his books. I have a few of the books he owned and it’s nice to have them as mementos of him. Interestingly, he didn’t scribble anything in this copy of Grapes of Wrath. He probably thought it was too perfect to touch. Either that or he never read it!

 

Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner. I read and re-read it countless times as a kid though sadly I lost that copy. It was the first time I ever experienced the magical feeling of being so wrapped up in a book that the outside world ceased to matter or even exist. It’s a wonderful alchemy. Maybe it can have that effect on others.

Thank you for sharing you Inheritance Books with us, Dan. All the best for The Blood Detective.

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Dan’s latest book The Blood Detective is available to buy now. You can find out more about Dan on his website, Twitter (@danwaddell), Facebook

 

Inheritance Books: Monique Devere

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This week on Inheritance Books, we’ve got Monique DeVere, who writes sweet and spicy fiction (which are a bit like those chili biscuits I had at Christmas, I imagine). Hi Monique. Grab a spot on the sofa. While I put the kettle on, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.

Monique DeVereThank you for inviting me on Inheritance Books to share the two books that had an impact on me growing up, Rhoda. I grew up on a plantation in Barbados and spent a lot of time exploring, looking for adventure, and getting up to a lot of mischief. Once I discovered books, I realised I could experience other people’s adventures and mischief, too. I moved to England with my mum and step-dad when I was fifteen, and by then I’d started penning my very own stories. At fifteen I wrote my first full-length novel called Love in a Mystery, about a diamond magnate who hires a female PI to find out who is smuggling his diamonds out of the country. By eighteen I changed my mind about becoming a doctor and started to pursue publication. I am married to an amazing guy and we have four kids. I’ve had stories read on radio, and I’m both traditionally and indie published. These days I write Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Romantic Comedy, and use my education in screenwriting to pen Christian Supernatural Suspense scripts.  

 

Which book have you inherited from a generation above? Why is it special?

IfTomorrowComes_InheritanceBooksThe book I inherited was If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon from my mum who is an avid reader. It always amazed me how she worked so hard running her own consultancy business, and still always found time to devour books. Growing up with a mum who loved reading so much, it was hardly surprising that I inherited the same trait. Up until If Tomorrow Comes, I’d been reading teen romances, but it was only when I opened the Sidney Sheldon novel that something inside me clicked and I got a deep, deep desire to write my own novels. This is why If Tomorrow Comes means so much to me. It’s the book that started my dream to become an author. To this day, I still have that copy. It’s travelled with me from Barbados to the UK and from house to house. I don’t intend to ever part with my copy of If Tomorrow Comes.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why? 

OfMiceAndMen_InheritanceBooksThe book I’d like to leave to future generations is Of Mice and Men. I haven’t got a paperback copy but I do have it on Kindle, so here is a photo of the cover on my Kindle App. I read the book in school, and I can’t tell you how much it impacted on me. The emotion, the loyalty to friendship, the hopes and dreams unfulfilled. It brings a lump to my throat just remembering this story, and Lennie’s sheer dumb innocence.

 It’s the ultimate, and original, Bro Love story. It’s about loyalty and friendship, and protecting your loved ones no matter what it takes. The kind of unconditional love I pray the generations to come remember is possible.  

Excellent choices! Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us, Monique. Good luck with your own book.

PartyForTwo200x300Monique’s new book Party For Two is available to buy now. You can find out more about Monique by visiting her website, or catching up with her on Facebook,  Goodreads or Twitter (@MoniqueDeVere).

 

What are your inheritance books? Let us know in the comments.