10 questions: Patrick Kincaid, author of The Continuity Girl

As you know, I'm currently crowdfunding my new novel East of England through Unbound Publishing. And I'm not alone! So, I've asked a few fellow writers on Unbound's current roster to give a quick overview of their writing work, and the book they're crowdfunding themselves in a ten questions format. 

Today's subject is Patrick Kincaid, whose novel The Continuity Girl has just  been published. 

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1. Who are you and what’s your book about?

My name is Patrick Kincaid and I am the author of The Continuity Girl, a comic love story set on the banks of Loch Ness in 1969 and 2014.

2. Why should folk read your book?

Jonathan Coe calls it a ‘wistfully entertaining romantic comedy’. I was wary of ‘romantic comedy’ while I was writing it – but I like ‘wistfully entertaining’. I think people find that the love story at the centre of the book resonates. Also, if you’re curious about the state of Hollywood in the late sixties, or the search for evidence of the Loch Ness Monster, there’s some detail here you might find intriguing.

3. What’s the appeal of your book?

It’s one of those stories in which people from very different worlds collide. It’s also about outsiders – people who don’t quite fit in anywhere. I think at some level we all feel like one of those. Here, it’s a source of comedy.

4. Sounds great! Where/when can I get hold of a copy?

Amazon and other online retailers and bookshops throughout the country. Soon to be available in German, published by Heyne.

5. Describe a typical writing day, or at least a typical day with some writing in it:

I still work as a teacher, a job that only gets more demanding. So it’s sensible to begin a novel in the summer holidays, to try and get a head start. When term begins, I write a very little every weekday – between 6.30am and 7.00am – and for longer at the weekends. Conrad managed 800 words a day - Will Self calls a unit of 800 words a Conrad. I tend to write in Graham Greenes – 500 words a day.  

6. Pick one book about writing. What it is and why have you chosen it?

Never read one!

7. Pick three books that have influenced or inspired you as a writer:

The End of the Affair, Lucky Jim, Restoration.

8. Pick three desert island books - works you couldn’t live without:

They’d have to be big. Joyce’s Ulysses would be one. I’ve got a few translations of Dante’s Divine Comedy, so maybe I’d take the original and a teach yourself medieval Italian book.

9. Any words of writing wisdom?

It’s really old, but you do have to be prepared to kill your darlings. This gets easier the more things you write – it’s tough when you’ve just that one book you’ve been working on for ages.

10. Let’s make a movie of your book. Give me the high-concept pitch:

What happens when a chic Hollywood career woman meets a naive British monster hunter, against a Scottish Highlands backdrop and with a 1969 jukebox score.

Social media contacts:

Twitter - @patrickkincaid Facebook – facebook.com/patrickkincaidauthor

Website: www.patrickkincaidauthor.com

Unbound URL: https://unbound.com/books/the-continuity-girl/ 

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BIg thanks to Patrick for joining in. Hopefully you'll find his novel - available in all good and virtual bookshops alike - of interest!

Mne own crowdfunding book - a noir-ish crime thriller set in the flatlands of the east of Lincolnshire - is here: East of England.