Saturday, October 15, 2011

Liverpool 5's Luca Veste

Luca Veste's debut collection of short stories on ebook called, Liverpool 5, is on fire at Amazon, gaining huge attention. Luca dropped by today for a quickie interview:

Your new short story ebook collection Liverpool 5 was just published by Trestle Press and is recieving a lot of attention. How does that feel?

Unbelievable. The whole process has been something of a whirlwind to be honest. In the space of a few days I'd hit Number Four in the short story charts, which was an incredible feeling. It's a real boost to a new writer to hear peoples reactions to it.

So I heard this writing thing is relatively new for you and you’ve been primarily a book reviewer. What motivated you take pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write fiction. And can you tell us about the first story you ever wrote?

I kind of fell into it. I wrote a story as a dare really, back in June, called 'Jeff...The Uninspired Vampire'. It was a joke story based on a conversation with the writer Charlie Williams, based on the fact Vampires always have cool names and do cool and moody things these days. I wrote it and enjoyed the process, and wrote another story. On a whim, I sent it to the excellent 'Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers' website, which showcases short stories. They accepted 'TIME', my second ever story, and the reactions were very positive, so I just carried on. Now, just a few months later, I have a collection of five stories published! All very strange really, as I just assumed I'd be reviewing, and that would be my contribution to the writing world.

Can you tell us about your writing style and what or who influences that?

I'm not sure I have a style really. Yet. I write about characters and their stories. Mostly about death as well, as that subject fascinates me.

I'm influenced by what I read mainly. There are some writers out there doing incredible work, Steve Mosby, Vincent Holland-Keen, Nick Quantrill, Sean Cregan, Julie Morrigan, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Helen Fitzgerald...I could go on! All have something in common though, they all are excellent at creating characters a reader can connect to. They're not afraid to delve into the dark side of life, and that influences me greatly.

I understand you’re also a student, studying criminology and psychology, which sounds fantastic for a crime writer. What are your goals with your education?

I'd love to work in either Clinical or Forensic Psychology when I graduate. A long way, and a lot of hard work, before I get there however. I love studying though, so it's a great time.

What are you currently writing and what can we expect from Luca Veste in the future?

I'm currently fine-tuning another five stories for the sequel to Liverpool 5. After that, I have a novella I want to write in the next month or so. Then, a full-length novel. Working my way towards the 90,000 word mark slowly. That scares me a little!

Buy Liverpoool 5 on Amazon

Visit Luca's blog, Guilty Conscience