Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Author Interview - David Roche

What's your name? 

David Roche

What's the title of your most recent/forthcoming book?

Just Where You Left It – Family Rhymes for Modern Times 

Describe the book in under 100 words. 

A book of humorous poems written about things that are relevant to families now. I wrote the first one in response to my eldest child’s request for something different to perform at a school poetry competition. It took the p*ss while being full of relevant references and from then on we were on a roll: exams, school meals, bullying, sports days, holidays, wi-fi, embarrassing Dads and nagging, know-all Mums were fair game. If you grew up on poems by the likes of Ogden Nash – ones which are more Pam Ayres than Alexander Pope - then this could be for you.

Describe the book in under 10 words.

Family Rhymes for Modern Times – relevant, amusing poems for all

What is your favourite book and why? 

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. Hilarious, true and made me realize that others were making it up as they go along.

Who is your favourite author and why?

Kazuo Ishiguro – makes it look so simple.

Name a book that you wish you'd written and why?

One Day by David Nichols or Q&A by Vikas Swarup. I would love to land on the clever premise that provides the perfect structure for the story.

Describe a typical writing day for you.

Hopefully a miserable day, preferably raining. No-one else around and ideally in a cabin in the woods. I listen to classical or soundtrack music – anything without lyrics, at least not in any language that I can understand! I am a huge John Barry fan and his non-score albums Beyondness of Things and Eternal Echoes are perfect.

What's your biggest frustration as a writer?

There is never enough time.

How do we find out more about you and your work?

To date I have been concentrating on successfully raising the required financing for Unbound to publish my book, so while I have been using Facebook and Twitter, email has been the most effective method. Now that this phase is complete (though you can still see sample poems and pledge at I hope to extend the net through word of mouth, recommendations, advocacy and events as the final book starts to come together with its illustrations etc.

You can find out more about the book here: and here:

You can find out more about me (personal stuff) here: @davidlrroche (Twitter) and, and (work stuff) here: and here:

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