D. B. Thorne
I studied English Literature at Queen Mary's in London. Everything I was taught there was wonderful - except learning how to write academically, which, frankly, is a bit of a curse for a writer.
Then I got a job in advertising, writing ads for the press and TV and radio and those horrible things which get shoved through your door. But it taught me economy. Less is more. Comes in handy, when you want to keep the pace up. And sell teabags. And shampoo.
Still, advertising. It’s a bit... grubby. So I got into writing comedy, for the BBC, Channel Four. Sketches, gags, scripts. This was invaluable for writing character. You can’t do decent comedy if you can’t come up with good characters. Oh, and taking risks. Sketches have to be absurd, bonkers, but believable. I suppose that’s what you’d call a transferable skill. Thrillers need to be pretty out there, too. But still believable.
Then in 2010 I moved to Essex, and was immediately inspired to write East Of Innocence. Whatever you read about Essex, the reality is bigger, louder and more in-your-face. With Range Rovers.
After I finished my Essex noir trilogy, I switched my attention to psychological thrillers. Troll is my first standalone novel, and one I hope will keep people awake at night (for all the right reasons).
I am proud to be represented by Tina Betts at Andrew Mann.