Q & A with Jeff Trudgian

Why did you decide to write your book?

A passionate desire to write and tell a story that would interest readers. This novel was inspired by the stock market crash of the late eighties which decimated relationships and the economic livelihoods of many people.


Who/what inspired you to write?

I loved writing short stories from early childhood and was encouraged by my English teacher in high school.


What was the most rewarding part of the writing process?

Overcoming procrastination and completing the book; being brave enough to start it and then applying the necessary 95% perspiration to the 5% inspiration to get it done. This was another life lesson in the value of persistence to reach a goal that seemed daunting but achievable.


What are your top tips for writing a book?

  1. Engage active imagination and let the energy flow.
  2. Write with confidence.
  3. Know that re-writes, manuscript assessments and editing will be essential to completing the best work you can do.
  4. Seek and consider the best advice available but always know your book is yours and your best advice will come from the advisor you look at in the mirror.
  5. Be determined, write steadily and complete the work. I have proven timetables don’t work – but commitment to the task ensures it will be completed to your satisfaction.


Which books/authors have inspired you?

  • A B Facey's Fortunate Life – A triumph of the human spirit overcoming all obstacles
  • Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth – A terrific historical novel of wonderful colour and life action of the times in which it was set.
  • Susan Abulhawa's Morings in Jenin – A heartfelt treatise on Israel from a Palestinian perspective. An essential read for people seeking education and understanding of this tragedy of human disengagement.


Why did you decide to self-publish?

I knew I needed highly capable professional help with my novel and was delighted to be referred to Palmer Higgs by another author very satisfied with their service. I sincerely thank Joy and her team for the brilliant job they have done.


Would you consider writing another book?

I already have the sequel under way. On a roll now . . .


What do you hope your readers get out of your book?

I hope they enjoy the read in this action-packed life landscape covering the vagaries of relationships, highs and lows of the world of finance and the drug menace in our society. The read may encourage people to think about their own points of view on a range of issues if they wish to drill down into both clear and subliminal meanings beyond the page turning action.


Do you have any other tips for new authors (ie. book launch, research, marketing etc.)

Volume of sales does not depend on whether the book is brilliant or ordinary. Sales will be like snowflakes rolling down a snow covered mountain building into snowballs only if the book is well promoted.

A well attended book launch is vital to unearth ' champions' who will buy, and more importantly recommend, the book to others.

Reviews are important – not only from radio, newspapers and professional associations, but very much from satisfied readers who are happy to share their review comments.

Authors need to do additional promotion work i.e. approach book stores and libraries and organise speaking engagements at a range of organisations and clubs.