Interview: David Russell

Please welcome David Russell, author of Fool’s Paradise and other works.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
A spring day, not too hot; not too cold; sunny with a gentle breeze

Fools' ParadiseDo you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase, or meal?
Purple is my favourite colour – a fusion of red and blue

Excluding family, name three people who either inspired you or influenced your creativity.
William Golding, Ben Okri, Anais Nin

Do you listen to music when you write?
No: I always keep those activities separate

If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?
It would be the dark, bitter variety. I associate this with Switzerland, a key point for many exciting adventures

What made you interested in writing this particular story?
My own wishful thinking; I wish I had done/experienced such things

What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing?
Sensuality, inhibition and introspection

Tell us about your main character’s psyche or personality. What led her (or him) to be the person s/he is today?
My main character is in some ways very cool and attached, in other ways very vulnerable. She has a hard struggle to regulate her latent desires.

Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.
Virginia Woolf, Anais Nin and Meryl Streep

If you could host an author dinner party, who are the six writers (living or otherwise) you’d include?
Golding, Okri, Nin, Kafka, Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, Mikhail Bulgakov

What’s next for you?
A mythological story involving time travel


David Russell is a resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell.’

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