Friday, March 8, 2013

Gareth Crocker

Gareth Crocker, a former journalist, lives with his wife and two children in Johannesburg, South Africa. He wrote Finding Jack, his first novel, in the company of his three dogs, Jill, Rusty and Jack.

Crocker's latest novel is Journey from Darkness.

Last month I asked the author about what he was reading.  Crocker's reply:
I'm currently reading Stephen King's combination memoir and book on writing. Whether or not you're a fan of King's, you simply cannot dispute how successful he has been. The book contains some wonderful stories and anecdotes about his life and how he brings his stories to the page. It's a fantastic read for any aspirant writer. Interestingly, King never plots his books upfront. Instead, he comes up with a basic premise and allows the story to develop as he creates it. Of course, this technique often lands him in trouble. His most famous novel, The Stand, almost never made it to print. He had written 500 pages and discovered that he had worked himself into a dead end. The manuscript sat in his drawer for months until a solution came to him in a dream. Ultimately, though, the novel went on to become his most famous book.
Visit Gareth Crocker's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: Finding Jack.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Gareth Crocker & Jill, Hannah, Rusty and Jack.

The Page 69 Test: Journey from Darkness.

--Marshal Zeringue