Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and sixty-eighth, is of novelist, non-fiction author and book reviewer Paul Gadsby. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Paul Gadsby has been an avid reader of fiction most of his life, and took up crime writing about eight years ago. Although he has enjoyed many a police procedural and private eye novel, it is books written from the viewpoint of the criminals, victims or even bystanders of crimes that really capture his interest and imagination.
A keen writer from an early age as he grew up in Northamptonshire, Paul took up journalism after leaving school, completing his National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification in Sheffield in 1999 following a degree in media studies. Starting out as a news reporter at the Uxbridge Gazette in London, he left chasing ambulances (literally) behind to specialise in sports journalism, firstly working for national weekly newspaper Football Gazette before going on to join the website Onefootball.com and then ITV Teletext.
Following redundancy from that last position he moved into trade journalism, editing journals and magazines for a dental publishing company in Hertfordshire. In September 2013 he took up a writer’s position at a specialist marketing company back in his native Northants, where he works today.
Paul released his first book in 2005, a critically-acclaimed work about snooker called Masters of the Baize, published by leading non-fiction publishing house Mainstream. The book, co-written with fellow sports journalist Luke Williams, featured many exclusive, in-depth interviews with world snooker champions and was named book of the week by The Sunday Times and The Independent. Its final chapter, where the authors dissected the history of the game across several categories to compile their top 10 players of all time, made several headlines in the media at the time including this one.
After enjoying that publishing process, Paul decided to spend more of his spare time outside of his day job writing fiction, and naturally enough chose to focus on the genre he read the most; crime.
He wrote three full-length novels but, despite receiving positive feedback from various literary agents and professional manuscript assessment services (such as The Literary Consultancy), he couldn’t break through via the traditional route. He decided to self-publish his fourth book, Chasing the Game, a gritty fast-paced thriller depicting the real-life theft of the football World Cup trophy in London in 1966. The book came out in April 2014, published by Matador, the only publisher of independent authors to be recommended in several editions of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.
Paul has since written another crime novel, When the Roar Fades, and plans to publish that in the near future.
And now from the author himself: