Featured Interview With Keith Rossiter
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Africa, the child of second-generation (at least) Africans. We lived a thousand miles from the ocean, and I did not set foot in Europe until I was in my mid-twenties.
After 20 years of working in London, I now live in South Devon. We’re a stones-throw from the sea – and just try to part me from it.
After a long career in journalism, I’m now writing fiction full-time. And loving it.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I learned to love reading as a small boy, sharing books with my paternal grandmother. She came to reading late in life, and had a lot of catching up to do, and she dragged me along on the journey with her. It was pretty damn exciting.
I recall inventing my first proper story at the age of five or six. It was to be called: “Hunted are the hunters”. Needless to say, some big jungle beasts eliminated a group of hunters one-by-one. Be grateful you can’t read it now!
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I’m a great fan of E. Annie Proulx, Matt Haig, Mitch Albom and Martin Amis. And whoever I’m reading at the moment (life’s too short to waste time on a book I’m not enjoying it so, by definition, if I’m still reading by page 50, I’m enjoying it).
Other recent discoveries that stand out in the mind include We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen, and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The Covid-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to how precarious any society is, but for many communities around the world the disaster is merely déjà vu. The economic crash of 2008 brought chaos that many are still barely recovered from.
My novel “The Chaos Game” explores what could happen to a small community when it is pushed to the edge.
It’s a novel of love and vengeance – and on the Greek island of Crete revenge is a dish best served hot.
The people of Crete are quite fiery, that’s the best way to describe them. They’re already pretty hacked off after a decade of austerity, job cuts and wage freezes, so it doesn’t take much to light the fuse – and two Brits are the catalyst for an explosion.
This book is a thriller, but it is also a rare glimpse into a community so different from our own. Even today, there are Mediterranean people who believe that justice is best served without bothering the police, the lawyers and the courts.
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