Monday, 11 May 2015

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Bruce Cooke

1. Tell me about your book, The Reilly Factor, and where you got your inspiration for it

It’s a murder romance mystery. I play a lot of what ifs and this gave me a chance to include twists and turns mixed with romance. I get my inspiration from writers like David Baldacci, Colin falconer and Lee Child's. It’s about a new female homicide detective who goes undercover to solve a murder and drug heist. Trouble is she falls in love with the main suspect in Daniel Reilly and other suspects come to light. Now she doesn't know who to trust.

2. What do you think is the biggest challenge of writing a new book?

Good research, good characters and maintaining the interest. Trying to evade the common mistakes like Point of view, and show and tell.

3. Are the titles of your books important?

Yes. When readers buy a book they look at the cover and the title. A poor title may lose interest

4. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I learnt that you have to be alert to any mistakes such as using the same word in consecutive sentences and keeping the mystery going. It’s important to keep the reader interested in each character, even the bad guys.

5. What is your favourite character from your book and why?

I have two. Reilly of course who is a James Bond type of character and is always scheming to achieve his goal and his accomplice Heather who keeps Reilly in check and is smarter than any of the other characters.

6. What was the toughest criticism given to you as a writer and the nicest compliment? 

Criticism concerning sex scenes. Males tend to write on the mechanics and females write of the romance. I agree with what women pass on. It's tough getting it right.

7. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I read the reviews as they give you good feedback. I don't respond as people who are good enough to write a review-good or bad- deserve respect.

8. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it? 

I don't write about Vampires. I have no interest in the subject. I also don't write in putting people down no matter what their physical appearance is. The most interesting people are the ordinary ones who make the same mistakes in life as we all do.

9. Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from? 

I always like reading books from an early age. I guess it was reading the early stories of Wilbur Smith. His stories of Africa made me feel I was actually there. I wanted to pass on the same feelings to readers.

10. What do you like to read in your free time? 

Lee Child, Colin falconer, David Baldacci and quite a few other talented writers. They all keep the story flowing with twists and turns.

11. Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they? 

Read a lot and look for things that attract you or you find boring. Dodge flowery descriptions and concentrate on characters. Don't have long dialogue but break it up.Keep your sentences short I've heard a good story with poor characters is not as good as an average story with strong characters.

12. Have you written any other novel in collaboration with another author? If you could pick any to do a collaboration with, who and why? 

I have just finished another novel in collaboration with an American author from LA. It has been submitted but as yet I haven't heard back from the publisher. I like to work with someone who is good with words and a keen eye on editing.

13. If a two year old hands you a toy phone, do you answer it? 

Absolutely. Children love to fantasise and I get a kick of pretending with them. When my children were young I would do it all the time. Drinking imaginary tea and eating imaginary cakes brought a smile to my face.

14. What’s your star sign? Do you read your horoscope and do you believe them? 

I'm a Virgo but never read horoscopes as there must be millions all born under the same star sign and i can't believe the forecasts are for all of them.

15. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I came from a poor family who struggled each week so I bought myself a push bike to get me around. It gave me a lot of pleasure to have worked so hard for something I needed.

16. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? 

I felt really emotional watching Saving Private Ryan. The opening scene and the last scene was when Ryan as an old man visited the cemetery to see the graves of the men who saved him. He had his family with him who stayed back while he looked at the gravestones. The tears in his eyes seemed real and he stood and saluted the man who saved him. Made me teary too.


When new homicide detective Ally McIvor volunteers to go undercover after a murder investigation to prove her worth, she falls for Daniel Reilly, a murder suspect who has arrived in Melbourne. Reilly comes in tandem with a beautiful accomplice named Heather, and they plot to steal the huge drug haul from the local mastermind.

Things become violent when Reilly is put on a death list and Ally doesn't know if she can turn him in. Major suspects arise, including a "bent" cop whose identity is unknown, leaving her unsure who she can trust. And how will she cope as a cop in love with a criminal?

When Reilly shoots her boss, Ally must make a choice between killing the man she loves and giving up the job she's worked so hard to get.


About Bruce

Bruce  began writing in 1990 after he retired from teaching because of a hearing problem. He now has twenty-three books published with four publishers. He enjoy writing Australian Colonial stories but also delves in several other genres. He had an unfortunate accident when he broke my neck several years ago but then had further misfortune when he lost his dear wife to leukaemia. Since then Bruce spends most of my time writing stories and have had some success. He has been fortunate to have had very good publishers who have shown confidence in my writing. He has just finished another book collaborating with an American author from LA. It has been submitted for consideration. His work can be seen on his website. The book will be published in February through Amazon and Whiskey Creek Press.

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