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Where are you from? i was born in the small village of edwinstowe in nottinghamshire. when i was ten years old, my father built the family a house in Ollerton, which is between nottingham and Doncaster. i attended the local comprehensive school but was more inclined to the practical subjects than academic ones. i don’t ever remember my english lessons being of very great interest and never considered the possibility of writing a short story let alone a novel. i’ve always enjoyed making things such as electric violins, guitars, a metal detector, a crossbow, all kinds of models…the list could go on.

What did you aspire to do as a career? i don’t remember aspiring to ‘be’ something in particular when i was at school. One of the options i chose to study was woodwork but because the class was full i was put into metalwork instead. i always regretted that. Perhaps i might have become a carpenter or furniture maker because i love the feel and texture of working with wood. the reason i ended up becoming an electrician was that it really picked me. growing up in a coal mining area with two of my brothers and my granddad working in the local mines, a career there would have been the obvious choice. However, my granddad became ill from the working conditions and always told me, ‘never go down the mines’. instead i attended an interview for an apprenticeship with east Midlands electricity, which was successful, and gave me superb training and a sixteen year career, including instructing in their training centre. it’s the only job interview i have ever had!

What motivated your move south? like so many other people, i got to know the area on family holidays. when east Midlands electricity was privatised i applied for voluntary redundancy, which was not accepted because i was too well qualified. However, two years later in 1996 we decided to sell our home and move down to Dartmouth anyway. it’s a decision we have never regretted. the children went to Stoke Fleming Primary School and my wife, Samantha, started work in brixham as a nursery nurse. i became a self employed electrician and have been working in Dartmouth and the surrounding area ever since.

When and why did you decide to write a book? it was a bizarre process really. i’m always looking for something to do in my spare time. A friend’s daughter is


Clive Maddison

Local Electrician and now published Author with his first novel ‘Caught’

a proof reader and i thought it might be interesting, so i bought a course. i quickly found out that was not for me, but what it did inspire me to do was look at my education in the english language. i realised that words are just like building blocks, you put them together in some sort of order and you end up with something interesting. Do it carefully and you end up with a book worth reading. it started to make me think of words in a practical way. i had the idea of a storyline and during the 2008 Christmas holiday i started writing. i was as surprised as anyone when i got to 5000 words, then 10,000, then 50,000. it just flowed and after five months i had completed the first draft of my book “Caught”. i asked my friend, Cherril evans, to read and criticise the manuscript. Her input enabled me to polish and expand the work to the final edit of 101,000 words. She laughed when she found out it had been produced without initial research or character profiles. i just sat down, wrote the first sentence and carried on from there. i was totally blown away when the book was taken up by a publisher, Pegasus elliot Mackenzie, in October 2009 and even more so eight months later when a box containing 20 copies of my newly published book arrived. that was very exciting! it has been quite surreal, weird even, to find myself being interviewed for articles in magazines and on radio Devon with Judi Spiers.

Do you think about the direction of your storyline whilst doing your ‘day job’? no, not at all. that’s the strange thing, i totally detach myself from my writing when i am away from it.

Do we have more books to look forward to? i started my second novel whilst the first one was still being edited. it was very hard going because of constantly breaking off to do re-writes of ‘Caught’. by September 2009 i had reached some 50,000 words. then in the middle of that month i had an idea for another novel, which i wrote down so i didn’t lose the plot. the creative juices for the third novel were flowing and it quickly took over. that novel, which is more of a thriller is now at the editing stage. when it’s finished i will return to and complete what was my second work. So yes, hopefully the next two works will also be published but i don’t think i’ll be giving up the ‘day job’ just yet!

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