Jemahl EvansQuestion 1: Who are you and what have you written?

My next novel is called This Deceitful Light and will be released by Holland House Books on September 20th. It’s the second in the Blandford Candy series. A rip-roaring historical adventure, mystery, spy, comedy series set in the English Civil War. A bit ‘Flashman meets The Three Musketeers.’

Question 2: If you had to paint a portrait of any author who would it be?

Corbyn Duke – it’s basically a wild smudge of yellow hair on a stick.

Wuestion 3: Why did you start writing? The Last Roundhead

I was bored in the summer holidays and once I started I couldn’t stop.

Kwestion 4: Where do you write? Do you have a shed like Roald Dahl, or a special room away from the other people in your house. Maybe you write at work when you should be working like that Terry Pratchett did. You should be careful, if your boss catches you you’re done for. Personally I write in my pajamas.

I write best late at night in bed and edit best with a cup of coffee in the morning. The afternoons are for siesta.

Question 5: Today a dog untied my shoe laces.

Clever buggers these dogs.

Question 6: Do you think question 5 needs to be rephrased?

It certainly needs to be a question.

Question 7: Forget the last two questions.

What questions?

The Deceitful LightQuestion 5 (again): What is the most interesting thing you have learned recently? (I just heard about an animal called the Tree Kangaroo that lives in trees regardless of it being utterly inept for that way of life and so often falls out of trees. And they are f**ing adorable).

I have learned that at no point in time are mushy peas an acceptable side dish for lasagne.

Question 6: Have you experienced what psychologists call “The ultimate experience” ? Which is the frame of mind when you are writing and everything is flowing perfectly and the creative buzz is so great you lose track of time.

Yes, but mostly its like drawing blood from a stone. Hugely emotionally draining.

Last question: Are you happy as a writer?

It’s one of the few jobs you can do without leaving your bed, so…


Pre-order The Deceitful Light now on Amazon.

The Last Roundhead is available now on Amazon.

Check out Jemahl’s website here –

Follow Jemahl on Twitter @Temulkar

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