Looks as if Ross Raisin has done it again! His second novel, Waterline, has attracted rave reviews. It's currently being serialised for Book At Bedtime - but after hearing a couple of episodes I've stopped listening and ordered the book. I want my first experience of it to be on the page. More on this in a later post. Meawhile, it's interesting to look back at the interview I did with Ross Raisin in 2009 when he was still writing Waterline.
PJ: You are in the process of finishing the second book - was that harder or easier to write?
RR: It has been harder, no doubt. Why? Hmm. I like to tell myself that it has nothing to do with the first book, and have done quite a good job of convincing myself. There are a number of reasons, I think. For one, this is a harder book, set in a place I had no previous knowledge of, in a style that is quite restrictive and hard to manage. I have a deadline now. And, whatever the external pressure that comes from being a published writer, there is also an internal pressure, partly to get it right, but also, and this is quite significant, a pressure to enjoy it. To be excited and inspired by the work that you are sitting down to each day. This is probably due to a realisation that now, however long it lasts, this is your career, this is what you do.