Saturday 14 November 2015

The PINK SOFA meets writer Stewart Bint

Stewart is another of those fascinating people I know via the great social whirlpool that is - ta-daa: Twitter. For some reason he has expressed a desire to sit on the PINK SOFA and after a certain amount of negotiations, this is now taking place. A slight sticking point has been Stewart's habit of not wearing footwear, but the SOFA, who is fussy about its upholstery has compromised by lending him a pair of pink bunny-ear slippers for the duration of his visit.
 ''I was born in the dim and distant past (under extreme torture I’ll admit to 1956). Writing takes up pretty much all my time in three different guises. As well as my novels I also write a column for a fortnightly local magazine, and I’m a Public Relations writer for the world’s leading industrial CAD/CAM software developer.

Having trained as a journalist I worked as a radio broadcaster reading the news and presenting current affairs and phone-in shows for ten years.

The writing bug infected me when I was just seven years old, thanks to my favourite television show, Doctor who. The original series, way back in 1963, inspired me when I became enraptured by the storylines which could take place at any time in Earth’s history and future, and absolutely anywhere in the universe and beyond.

I started creating my own worlds and my own characters, writing my stories in little blue notebooks until my parents bought me a portable typewriter for my ninth birthday. And those make-believe worlds became invaluable after my Dad died when I was 11. I retreated more and more into those places where I was in control of my characters’ fate – knowing that whatever happened to them during the story I would make sure they were okay in the end. My worlds were certainly better than the real one at that time.

Being a meticulous time manager certainly helps with my writing routine. My PR day job is based from home which is a big help. I can log off from the company computer at around 6 pm, have dinner and then fire up the personal laptop to either write, or, as at the moment, work on marketing activities for my latest novel, In Shadows Waiting. Since the new edition of the book was published by Booktrope in August, I have rarely finished work before midnight.

Once my ideas start to take shape I work out where the story is going and I usually know the ending right at the start of the process. As I write, the scene unfolds before my eyes, rather like a film. Sometimes the journey takes me down uncharted roads, as the characters do their own thing. But I’m always happy to let them. In fact, a fairly minor character in the novel I’m currently working on said something that changed the entire premise that the hero had been working to through his entire life.''

In Shadows Waiting

Young Simon Reynolds lives a bucolic life at his family home, White Pastures, surrounded by a loving family and a charming community. Simon finishes his A levels and looks forward to unwinding while his sisters work on their tans.

Meanwhile the tiny community of Meriton has been plagued by a spate of burglaries, and White Pastures seems to be next. A shadowy figures stalks the house, but the police can find no signs of an intruder,

Inspired by the author’s real-life experience with the supernatural, In Shadows Waiting recounts a summer that changes the Reynolds’ lives forever. As the summer progresses, the shadows take on an altogether more sinister implication, and White Pastures begins to reveal a terrifying secret.

The epicenter of an event that has scarred an entire community, White Pastures grows more and more dark, possessed by a shadow that yearns, a shadow that will not be denied. At White Pastures, someone will die – but love never will. 



  1. I'm impressed to find someone so organised! Is that what it takes to write a creepy book?

    1. Thank you, Jo. If I weren't organised I'd never get anything done! And I have to resist the temptation of crisps, biscuits and came during the working day, too. I don't always succeed!

  2. terrific interview, Stewart and carol.. thanks :)

  3. Thank you, Seumas. That Pink Sofa is one of the most comfortable I've sat in for a long time.

  4. Sounds like he coped with the pink sofa rather well. Did he get to keep the slippers?

    1. NOBODY gets to keep the pink slippers...not even me...

    2. Hi Tom. No...I didn't get to keep the slippers. Which is a shame...they'd be a great momento of my wonderful time on the sofa. I'd never wear them again....they would reside in a glass case on my mantelpiece

  5. Ah, a professional both at work and at writing. I'm also impressed by the organisation. I'm too easily distracted, to my shame. I notice there's no further mention of the bare feet in Stewart's post here....I suppose he's able to go to work barefoot too :) By the way, the book sounds great!

    1. Hi Vallypee.
      Thank you for your comments. You're right, I do work barefoot. I'm barefoot now probably 95% of my time. If you're on Twitter, I frequently tweet about my barefoot hikes etc. My handle is @AuthorSJB


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