Richard Godwin – Apostle Rising

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My novel Apostle Rising is being published on 10th March 2011 and will be available at all major retailers in the US and UK.

It is a dark crime novel about the motivations that lead men to kill and the pressures a cop faces when dealing with a psychopath. Here’s a plot summary

Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle never caught the Woodlands Killer and it almost destroyed him. Now years later, mauled by the press, and traumatised by nightmares, he is faced with a copycat killer with detailed inside knowledge of the original case.

He and his partner DI Jacki Stone enter a deadly labyrinth, and at its centre is the man Castle believes was responsible for the first killings. He’s running a sinister cult and playing dark mind games with the police. The investigation has a shattering effect on the lives of Castle and Stone. The killer is crucifying politicians, and he keeps raising the stakes and slipping through their hands. Dark coded ritualistic killings are being carried out on high profile figures and the body count is rising. Castle employs a brilliant psychologist to help him solve the case, and he begins to dig into the killer’s psyche. But some psychopaths are cleverer than others.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from London in the UK.

I got a BA and MA in English and American literature from King’s College London and lectured for many years in the subject and worked in property. I divide my time between London and the US.

I am already a widely published author and produced playwright. My play ‘The Cure-All’ was produced on the London stage. It is about a group of confidence tricksters using the New Age to rip off a group of greedy customers.

What inspired you to write this book?

Crime. The darkness of the human psyche. The heart of darkness we read about every day digest and ignore at our own detriment. All the great works of literature.

How did you choose the title?

It was the most obvious one when I thought about the characters and the plot.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

A few. Publishing is in a funk, publishing houses don’t want to take any risks, want profit, and ignore new authors everywhere, persistence is the key.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

When I started reading great novels.

By picking up a pen and writing.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I do it every day.

It’s like a tennis player practising his serve.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

They come to me.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned that the publishing machine is a vast one and that the distributor is key.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would start trying to get it published earlier.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favourite authors? Why?

I like US crime fiction and anything that pushes the boundaries.

British literature has a great tradition and has sold itself out to political correctness. The best fiction since World War Two has come out of the US.

There is some great South American literature.

My favourite contemporary authors are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cormac McCarthy, James Lee Burke, and JM Coetzee.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’ve finished it. It is a lightning speed novel about a professional Hit Man who gets caught up in a government plot.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Keep going.
Do not take no for an answer.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Anyone who likes crime fiction and horror fiction and is not afraid to look into the heart of darkness of the human psyche. Anyone who likes a dramatic story and an ending that will leave you reeling.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

At my website here

And you can order ‘Apostle Rising’ in the US here