What's your name?
Dave Dawson (pen name Dave Philpott)
What's the title of your most recent/forthcoming book?
Dear Mr. Pop Star
Describe the book in under 100 words.
For 10 years, working alongside my dad Derek, I have sent popular and iconic music artists internet letters about the lyrics, deliberately misunderstanding them or pointing out genuine ambiguities. What this is really about is how, when a record is recorded, it is ''theirs'' but when it's out they have NO CONTROL as to how it is interpreted.. We are representing overblown and demented versions of the listening public. The artist then writes back ''in character'', so to speak. We get most of our leads either from artists involved or well connected fans and facebook friends....
Describe the book in under 10 words.
Funny letters to pop stars with genuine witty replies.
What is your favourite book and why?
The Outsider by Albert Camus. It unfolds in the most deceptively simple manner with exquisite imagery, the most glaring faults of the human condition.
Who is your favourite author and why?
Ernest Hemingway, His attention to detail and seemingly conversational style combine to form near-perfection.
Name a book that you wish you'd written and why?
That would mean being privy to all the thought processes of the writer so, nah.
Describe a typical writing day for you - where you do it, when you do it, what aids you use, what music you listen to etc.
We only do a letter if a pop star gives us the green light that they are going to reply so some days there is no writing at all and others, if say three give us a yes, it could be up to 8-10 hours. It's done on the sofa in between household and other leisure activities.
What's your biggest frustration as a writer?
Failing to reach an audience and, related to this, sending our work to mainstream outlets whom we think can give us exposure or help, only to find our messages seemingly ignored and then awful imitations of our idea appearing without credit in their publications a week later!
How do people find out more about you?
Get the book Dear Mr Pop Star here