Saturday, 17 November 2012

The PINK SOFA welcome Chris Hill

Chris Hill
Chris Hill is one of the many lovely writers I met on Twitter. He was kind enough, on a very short acquaintance, to let me scrounge a guest blog to publicize Jigsaw Pieces when it came out in August, and so it is a great pleasure to return the favour.
Chris is also the first man to climb the rickety stairs to the garret at the top of Hedges Towers and grace THE PINK SOFA with his presence, and there are special Danish butter cookies on the coffee table to celebrate.

So, Chris, tell us about yourself , and your writing trajectory?

I work in PR for a children's charity. Before that, I was a newspaper journalist, starting as a reporter, then a news-editor, sub-editor and finally editor. It's a job where you meet all manner of people from every station in life, which I think helped me as a writer. At home I have two sons who keep me busy, so I do the usual family stuff. I run sometimes, when I can be bothered, and I did the London Marathon a couple of years ago (THE PINK SOFA is impressed. The only exercise it does is jumping to conclusions) - mostly I'd rather sit around in front of the TV or listen to music though. Oh - and I read; I'm always reading.

I remember writing as a child - maybe even when I was at junior school. I used to write scraps in the back of old school notebooks - not proper stories or poems but attempts at fiction certainly. I can't remember why I started but I've always loved reading so I guess it grew out of that.

In my 20's I got more serious and my writing began to take on proper shape and structure. Eventually I started writing stories I felt were good enough to enter competitions - then I started winning some, which was obviously encouraging. Later on I progressed to attempting novels. I've completed three so far - this is the first I've found a publisher for. It's been a learning process - it still is!

I guess what I write could be called 'literary fiction'  or 'general fiction' - it's what I read and what I'm passionate about. Themes can be whatever interests me at the time - if an idea snags me, I'll work it through in my notebook and if it appears there's enough for a story or even a novel, I'll start work on it.

Chris' new novel
Song of the Sea God, my newly published novel, is a book about a man who comes to a small island off the coast in northern England and tries to convince the locals he is a god. In some ways I suppose it's a book about the nature of religion - what it means to people, how it works. I'd like to think there's humour in there, particularly in the narrative voice, but it's quite a dark book as well; it delves into some quite murky places.

Chris also has a blog at where he talks about writing and other stuff.

Thank you very much, Chris - THE PINK SOFA likes the sound of your book - available in all bookshops, plus online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And it's already garnering some good reviews! Chris will be staying around to chat for a while, so why don't you take a seat and ask him something ? Or share your own writing experience.


  1. Great to see Chris here, Carol! Isn't it interesting how all of us remember writing as children. I guess the passion has to start early or we'd never have the stamina to make it to a book! It's interesting to read that Chris has also been professional as a writer too. I'm aiming to buy his book next month...payday :) Thanks for sharing him with us Carol :))

  2. That's how I like my interviews; short and sweet. Chris sounds like an interesting fellow. At least interesting enough that I'll read his novel. Thanks Carol.

  3. Thanks Carol - I'm used to a more masculine brown leather sofa so this makes a nice change.

  4. Thanks for introducing us to Chris, Carol. His book sounds great and I'm impressed with the London marathon. I'm a runner but I stick to 5Ks.

  5. It really wasn't that impressive Kelly - I got round without collapsing and beat a guy who was running it with a fridge strapped to his back - but the world record was never in danger from me!

  6. Great to meet you, Chris - and remember, pink is the new brown. 'Small island off the coast in northern England' - did Holy Island provide any inspiration? I love the title and sound of your new book!

  7. Hi Juliet - it's actually based on Walney Island where I was born - it's off the southern tip of Cumbria. I have to be a bit careful when I say that though as I don't want to upset people who live there! My interview with the local paper in that area was mostly spent assuring them that it wasn't based on anyone who really lives on Walney.

  8. Nice to meet you, Chris! I've always wanted to do the London Marathon but I've never been selected, either for a charity or in the draw. Sigh.

  9. Luckily Talli I work for a children's charity and they have places - I raised lots of money for them too!

  10. Great interview as always Carol. Nice to meet Chris and hear about his writing.

  11. Hi Carol and Chris, yes I remember writing as a child too. It must be the way we're wired! Lovely interview and those yummy Danish biscuits what's more!! Agree about the 'still learning' bit, Chris. The day we stop learning as writers is the day we stop writing I suspect.

  12. Song of the Sea God sounds fascinating. Good luck with it Chris.

  13. All your blog visitors are really nice Carol. It's been a pleasure being on your pink sofa.
    I agree Rosalind - the urge to keep improving and the feeling I could always do better is one of the things which keeps me at it - though I am having a bit of a break at the moment and enjoying the feeling of finally having a book published!


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