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I’m delighted today to have Chris Hill here to talk about his new book.

Thank you for having me – it’s a pleasure to be here!

How did you first stumble into writing?

I remember writing creatively as a child – maybe even when I was at junior school. I used to write scraps in the back of old school notebooks – not proper stories or poems, but attempts at fiction certainly. I can’t remember why I started but I always loved reading and I guess it grew out of that.

What genre do you write and why?

I’d call it literary fiction, or general fiction. I write that because it’s what I read, and what I love – I think that’s the only good reason really. If I were to try to write in a particular genre because I thought it might sell well for example then I’d know I was doing it for the wrong reason – and that there were many authors with a real passion for that genre who could make a better job of it than me.

What do you do when not writing?

I work in PR for a children’s charity. I have two sons who keep me busy so I do the usual family stuff. I run sometimes, when I can be bothered, and I did London marathon a couple of years ago – mostly I’d rather sit around in front of the TV or listening to music though. Oh – and I read, I’m always reading.

Who are your main influences in writing?

So many authors I can’t list them all. Instead I’ll tell you some books which I think influenced Song of the Sea God. In no particular order I think it owes a debt to The Magus by John Fowles, Perfume by Pattrick Suskind, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The writing style has been compared by others to The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills – but that must be coincidence because when I wrote the book I’d not read it, I loved it when I did though.

Tell us about your new book.

Song of the Sea God is a book about a man who comes to a small island off the coast of northern England and tries to convince the locals he is a god. In some ways I suppose it’s a book about the nature of religion – what it means to people, how it works. I’d like to think there’s humour in there, particularly in the narrative voice, but it’s quite a dark book as well, it delves into some quite murky places.

It’s available on Amazon here and you can read the first few pages to get a feel for it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Sea-God-Chris-Hill/dp/1908011556/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349468028&sr=1-1

I have a blog, where I talk about writing and lots of other stuff, here:

http://songoftheseagod.wordpress.com/

Thank you for joining me today for this interview Chris, and I wish you the best of luck with your writing career.

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