David Cameron comes from a town near Belfast
How long have you been writing? Poetry since the age of 12. Fiction more recently.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment as a writer? Rejecting an offer of publication when I was 20 because I wanted to be better.
What projects of yours have been recently published? My collected poems, The Bright Tethers: Poems 1988-2016.
What are you currently working on and what inspired this work? A novel for older children, called The Perfects. Inspired by a bunch of poems about scarecrows, written quickly when I worked in a residential school for children who had severe epilepsy. That was almost 30 years ago.
Where can we find your work? On Amazon, but then look for the titles on the publishers’ sites and buy from there.
How do you react to rejections? Took it hard when I was younger, now it only bothers me if there’s strong interest which comes to nothing.
How do you react when one of your submissions is accepted for publication? Tell the nearest person.
What is your best piece of advice on how to stay sane as a writer? Remain lucid in your writing, whatever the state of your sanity.
What is your favorite book? That I can carry in my pocket – Selected Poems and Prose by Edward Thomas.
Who is your favorite author? Emily Bronte.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why? Ophelia. I think I could cheer her up.
What makes you laugh? Stuart, the father played by Mike Myers in So I Married an Axe Murderer.
What makes you cry? Bob Dylan’s One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later).
What is your preferred drink while you write? None. Scotch whisky when not writing.
What is your favorite food? Olive tapenade on focaccia.
Shakespeare or Bukowski? Shakespeare, whoever she was.
Personal website/blog: http://davidcameronpoet.com/
Books for sale and/or press: The Bright Tethers: Poems 1988-2016; The Ghost of Alice Fields (novella); Rousseau Moon (novella and short stories).