Sunday Surprise

And it’s another guest! Still author of the month! Yes, this is number 3 – the pen name that names the Project! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Carter Seagrove!

23310918Why do you write?
We started the partnership because we’d both always wanted to collaborate on a project – being involved in translating each other’s work was the bridge.

When did you start writing?
Dust Jacket appeared in May 2014; we started the Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries straightaway.

What genre(s) do you write?
LGBT-themed crime fiction.

What does your writing routine consist of?
We agree who is going to write which parts of the story – which has usually been thrashed out over a few skype calls if we’re not both in France. One of us will start and then hand over for the other to do their part and then hand back – we flip-flop between the segments. Alp has right of veto because one of us to have the final say.

23003385What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?
We blend well, that’s partly because we’re friends and partly because we read similar stuff and appreciate the same sorts of art. We have the same sense of humour. It’s important for Fenchurch that we compromise and we find it easy to agree on things. Fundamentally, we both share the same mindset – ‘Why not? We can do that …”. It helps tons that we both read John Donne and Edward S Aarons.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
The characters of Alfred Fenchurch and Adam Cowley are inspired by Jeeves & Wooster and The Green Hornet & Kato.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
Generally, quick and improvised. Flip-flopping makes the process relatively slow to execute, so even if the segments are written quickly, the project usually takes a lot longer than if either of us was writing it solo – to be expected.

22847384Tell us about your latest book
Storm Clouds (part 6 of The Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries and the end of series one) is being published on 3rd April.

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?
Indie publishing without question – we both cherish our freedom and the desire to maintain complete control over the end to end process.

Any other projects in the pipeline?
A second series of The Inspector Fenchurch Mysteries is a virtual certainty, beginning in the late summer 2015.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
We would love to write a third and fourth series, bringing Alfred and Adam into the 60s. As long as readers still tell us that they enjoy the stories, we’ll carry on.

22847371What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Make the niche your own.

About Carter:

Born in 2014, a partnership which brought together two very different authors – Alp Mortal and Chambers Mars. The partnership began with a writing project but evolved into the idea of a collaborative space – then a formal company – the focus is still on collaboration.

Alp Mortal, Chambers Mars and Shannon M. Kirkland are The Carter Seagrove Project LLC – an independent book publisher. Find us at, on Twitter @carterseagrove and on Facebook


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