Interview w/ Paul Oliver Westmoreland (POW)

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I want to start by welcoming all my readers to the CardSharp Virtual Book Tour! Today I have the wonderful POW here and he has graciously offered to sit for an interview with yours truly – part of the on-going Blog Tour by Lightening Book Promotions – from Jan. 22nd – 31st.

Right now I’m 34, live in North London, and work for a digital advertising agency on Baker Street. I got married in March and now we’re getting ready for the arrival of our first child. In my spare time I’m working hard on the next Vincent Ward adventure.

My novels introduce young readers to real subjects through exciting, fast-paced adventures. In Cardsharp, Vincent Ward explores the murky art underworld and the life and paintings of Caravaggio, while battling a gang of international thieves and smugglers. My aim is to leaves readers wanting to know more about Caravaggio and art – maybe even go to the National Gallery and see a couple of his paintings.

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My name is POW – Paul Oliver Westmoreland – and I write Cardsharp, A Vincent Ward Adventure

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in South London and now I live in North London.

What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?

I’ve always enjoyed being creative and went to art college – which really helped me write Cardsharp – I love films and writing in my spare time grew into something I love doing. The greatest thing about writing is, there are no restraints or limits on what you can write about, you just have the alphabet and they can build anything.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t feel like an official writer. I just write and enjoy it. It’s a small point, but I don’t like giving myself official titles. If other people consider me ‘a writer’, then that’s great.

Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

I’m a very strict ringmaster around my characters and spend a long time deciding where they need to go before I write the story. That way, all the characters can do is put up roadblocks which I have to knock down to make them perform.

So a true planner?  Nice.  That’s a skill I’ve never mastered.
Do you have a specific writing style?

I try to keep my style relevant to the book I’m writing, so it adds to the reader’s experience. In the case of Cardsharp, I kept it short and fast to give the book added pace and urgency. I wanted it to read like a rollercoaster.

How did you come up with the title?

The title Cardsharp comes from a painting at the start of the book, by Caravaggio, which unlocks the adventure.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The message in Cardsharp is: look into art it’s amazing what you’ll discover. Overall, Cardsharp is an adventure, but it opens the door to art and art history and explains the life of Caravaggio. Educational books needn’t be boring. And young reader particularly, love learning about the worlds of their characters, so why not add the world of art history to a rip-roaring adventure?

I love and applaud your message and reasoning – and wish more authors thought the same.  Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

I have a written most of the next Vincent Ward Adventure. This time he becomes embroiled with a contemptible art dealer and is chased across France. I’ve also written a TV series which is being reviewed now, so fingers crossed.

Impressive!  … and good luck with the TV series.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?

I drew this myself. I wanted something that looked as exciting as the story inside. It also needed to be different and stand out from a book shelf and make people take a look inside.

I definitely think you managed to do just that. I also love that you managed to incorporate so many of your talents into one project.

Thank you POW for joining us here and sharing more about yourself and “Cardsharp.”  I invite all our visitors to check out Cardsharp by POW and to enter to win their own copy!  To enter the Cardsharp Giveaway, click HERE.

Burning houses. Daring robbers. Motorway chases. Exploding boats. Flying daggers. Brutal policemen. Ruthless pirates. Beautiful women. Deadly bullets. Racing hearts. International Criminals. Narrow escapes. Tricks, stings and electrocutions. And a priceless painting by one of art’s world’s most notorious masters.

Welcome to the adventures of Vincent Ward, where getting through each day alive just isn’t enough.


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    • Stormi on January 28th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for being a part of this blog tour!

    1. Always a pleasure!

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