Scarberryfields: Can you tell us a little about your nationality/ancestry?
Dave: I was born just outside London in Middlesex. My father’s parents were from Russia and due to the war, moved to London. I am Jewish and come from a close loving family. I have four beautiful children, four brothers and one sister. They are mentioned in my book. My brother, well he is my twin, John, designed the cover for my book. His son Jacob has just won an award in Los Angeles, California for his short film, French Exchange.
Scarberryfields: Do you think you will ever move to another country and how many languages do you speak?
Dave: I worked in London for my brother’s property business, but after 20 or so years in the business, I decided on a change of life and moved to Portugal. I can speak Portuguese, not fluently, but enough to order a beer!!!
Scarberryfields: When you finished your debut novel, did you miss writing?
Dave: Great question. Yes, I do miss writing. The draft, then the edit, and seeing my words turn into a book gave me goosebumps. I will be writing my second novel soon. I have many ideas, but still need to get my first book noticed. I also enjoy the marketing side of promoting my book. I have worked for many companies, regarding their marketing, and achieved great success for them.
Scarberryfields: While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etc., where do you turn?
Dave: I do have an editor, Elaine Denning who dealt with the spelling mistakes and grammar. Being dyslexic, I couldn’t have completed the book without her help.
Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?
Dave: Well, with writing my first book, it helped me get over what happened to me. The story is true, BUT I will never get over the events, as they were so harrowing and the newspaper headlines are imprinted in my mind. My friends still have the cuttings!
Scarberryfields: When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?
Dave: Yes, I have to otherwise; I can’t get into the role of a writer. I can’t have other things around me, breaking my concentration. My concentration is bad enough already!
Scarberryfields: Did you use any family members as Beta readers for your debut novel?
Dave: Yes, they read the book and were, and still are, very supportive.
Scarberryfields: Have you completed any other works?
Dave: No, Wrong Place Wrong Time is my very first piece of writing and it will not be my last. I enjoyed coming back to my apartment, from my day job in sales, and writing.Scarberryfields: Thank you, Dave for taking the time to answer my questions. Your fans will enjoy learning more about you. I can’t wait to read your book! I wish you continued success.