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Interview with author Eoghan Egan

Introduction:


Eoghan Egan is an Irish crime fiction writer who started on his writing journey at the age of nine. Although his academic and professional life isn't exactly in sync with the literary universe, he never gave up on writing and now he is a successfully published author! Read on to find out more about his novel, his experience with publishing and what advice he has for aspiring authors.




Hello! Welcome to the Crazy Curious Reader. First of all, thank you for doing this

interview. It’s always a pleasure to have authors as guests on the blog. Let’s begin

with introductions.


Thank you for allowing me space on your blog, Sara. Always a pleasure to chat about all

things literary.


Tell us a little about yourself


I’m Irish – born and reared in the Irish Midlands. I remember a story I wrote when I was

nine, titled My Summer Holidays, but I was writing other stories long before that. At college,

I studied Computer Programming, I work in Sales Management & Marketing, but my

passion for reading and writing remains.

Eoghan Egan

Over the years I’ve attended many writing courses; (always eager to learn more about the

writing process and hone my literary skills). I’m a graduate of Maynooth University’s

Creative Writing Curriculum, and Curtis Brown’s Edit & Pitch Your Novel Course.

In 2018 one of my works got shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize, and another for

Listowel’s 2019 Bryan McMahon Short Story Award Competition. A novel I wrote was a

contender in literary agent David Headley’s opening chapter Pitch Competition, and during

March 2019, my entry won https://colony.litopia.com/ prestigious Pop-Up Submission.

The first in a trilogy of crime fiction novels, titled Hiding in Plain Sight was released

earlier this year.


Now, here’s a question I love to ask authors. What made you decide to take up

writing? Had it always been a dream?


I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, Sara. Reading Enid Blyton’s Adventurous

Four, Famous Five and Secret Seven gave me a love of adventure stories, but the real writing

inspiration came from Edward Stratemeyer, the man who championed irresistible adventure

and mystery stories featuring young detectives who solve crimes. The Stratemeyer Syndicate

published a number of series under various pseudonyms: The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew,

The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, The Rover Boys … they were all the creations of Edward

Strastemeyer. I wanted to write books like that, stories that were jam-packed with action,

danger and suspense.


What was your first (ad)venture in writing? Did it get published or did you change

your mind about it?


Everything I wrote up to 2012 will never see the light of day, Sara. I wrote umpteen short

stories and a few full length novels before I felt confident enough to enter competitions and

look for feedback. Once I got the writing bug and signed up to writing courses, workshops

and attending literary festivals, I was addicted to the whole process. I knew then I wanted to

do more than just write. I wanted to be published.


Tell us about the major themes in your books.


Good v evil


The narrative voice in my novel alternates across three main characters: An art dealer,

bringing readers into the mind-set of a serial killer; Sharona Waters, a young woman

inadvertently gets caught up in an art scam and becomes a target, and Hugh Fallon is a

reluctant hero.


As the story deals with a killer, the issue of how can we protect ourselves against an

unknown evil presence is the underlying theme, driving tension and focusing on a fear that is

becoming more prominent daily.


Did you always prefer the genre that you mainly write? Or do you have other

favourites?


I read everything – and usually have two or three books on the go at the same time. At the

moment I’m reading crime fiction, general fiction and a woman’s fiction novel. Weirdly, I

can’t see myself writing anything other than crime fiction novels, but with short stories, I can

write about anything. (I’ve approx. 200 half-finished short stories saved on my laptop,

ranging from… you name it!).


The first book on my reading list is usually crime fiction. So, you can say I’m a big

fan of this genre. If you had to pick three iconic crime fiction books from a store,

which would you pick?


Three? Three? That’s totally unfair, Sara. I presume that’s a typo and you meant thirty.

Rules of Prey by John Sandford

The Dry by Jane Harper

13 Hours by Deon Meyer

Creep by Jennifer Hillier

The Trespasser by Tana French

Money, Money, Money by Ed McBain

Is that three yet? No? Okay, one more: The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett


Did you publish any book(s) recently? Tell us about it/them?


I self-published the first in a trilogy just before Covid-19 hit. In a nutshell, Hiding in Plain

Sight is about an art graduate, Sharona Waters, who places herself in deadly danger when

she peels away the public persona of an art dealer and exposes the psychopath underneath.

The blurb is:

Hiding In Plain Sight By Eoghan Egan


A successful businessman has found the perfect recipe for getting away with murder. No

bodies, no evidence. No evidence, no suspect.

High art and low morals collide when graduate Sharona Waters discovers a multi-million

euro art scam in play. She delves in, unwittingly putting herself on a direct trajectory with

danger as the killer accelerates his murder spree.

When Sharona gets drawn into the killer’s orbit, she peels away his public persona and

exposes the psychopath underneath. Suddenly, the small town has no hiding place…


How was your publishing experience? What advice would you like to give aspiring

authors?


I loved the whole self-publishing gig because it gave me great insight into how the industry

works. It’s a lot of effort for one person, but very rewarding. The plus side is being in

control of every aspect of the process. The minus side is not having a team of people to help

with marketing, social media, etc. The buck stops with the self-publisher for everything. But

… to the winner comes the spoils. Having said that, I’m still on the hunt for a publisher that

likes my work and would be willing to take on the next two books in my trilogy.

The best advice I can give any writer is:


1) Keep writing and remember getting published is a long game. Very few author’s gets

their work picked up and published first time around, so have you novel in the best

possible shape before submitting it to an agent or publisher.


2) Expect your work to be rejected. Rejection is a bitter pill and makes staying

motivated so much harder, but you’ve got to believe in yourself and your manuscript.

Just because someone rejects it, doesn’t mean it’s bad, it means one person doesn’t

like it. Writing is objective, and one person’s rejection is another person’s

masterpiece. Famously, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter was passed (as they say in the

trade) 12 times before a small publisher picked it up. But she’s in good company.

Back in 1974, Stephen King’s novel Carrie was rejected 30 times before it got a

publisher. Lord of the Flies by William Golding was rejected 20 times before it was

published in 1954. Even earlier, Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 classic Gone with the Wind

was rejected 38 times before it was published, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize

for fiction the following year. Back in 1902 Beatrix Potter couldn’t get a publisher, so

she published The Tale of Peter Rabbit herself. And they’re just a handful of

examples. The moral of the story is: if you’re writing, don’t give up on your dream.

Listen. Learn. Adapt. Keep reading. Try again. Try harder. Start something new.

Don’t give up. Don’t. Ever. Give. Up.


Do you often read independently published or books that aren’t under big banners?


I really don’t care where the book comes from, Sara. If the cover makes me pick it up, and

the blurb draws me in and the first paragraph hooks me, I’ll buy it. Nowadays with the

quality novels produced by independent publishers and self-published authors, it’s

impossible to see any difference between Big House Publishers and everyone else. Every

author wanting to sell books knows there’s vast competition, so if their work isn’t up to a

certain standard, it’s going to sink.

I’ve never looked at the front matter of a book to see who published it. As long as the cover

/ blurb / opening few lines hooks me, I’m in.


(If yes) Please give our readers some indie book recommendations.


So many brilliant independent authors. Mark Dawson, Lisa Genova, John Locke (one of my

favourites. He was one of the first writers to sell 1 million ebooks). William P. Young – he

wrote The Shack – and Sarah A. Denzil (another brilliant crime writer. Actually, I think she

also writes YA under a different name). Then there are hundreds of brilliant authors who are

invited to join fantastic independent publishers like, for example, Bookouture and

Bloodhound Books. (They market the books, but the author remains independent and

retains a good chunk of the proceeds). Way too many authors to name, but I guarantee you,

they are all household names.


Lastly, a message for the readers.


(Huh. You mean if they’ve read this far, and I haven’t bored them to death!).


Please stay safe, everyone. We’re going through crazy times, but I look forward to meeting

you at a book launch or a literary event someday soon. Oh, and please consider reviewing

any book or Ebook you read, or audiobook you listen to. Even a one liner would be really

beneficial to the author. Thanks for reading.

Hit me up on Social Media and say ‘hello.’


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eoghaneganwriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eoghanegan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eoghanegan/


Thank you so much! Crazy Curious Reader would be glad to have you back for

interviews and guest posts!


Thanks again for giving me this opportunity to chat, Sara. You and all your fellow book

bloggers and reviewers are the lifeline between authors and readers. Without your base, and

the support of the blogging community, we’d never get out work into reader’s hands. Thank

you for being there for us. It’s been a pleasure answering your questions. Wishing you

continued success and best wishes.


You take care and stay safe, too, Sara.

Eoghan




About Hiding In Plain Sight



A vicious serial killer roams the Irish Midlands... with his sights set on the next victim. A successful businessman has found the perfect recipe for getting away with murder. No bodies, no evidence.No evidence, no suspect.High art and low morals collide when graduate Sharona Waters discovers a multi-million euro art scam in play. She delves in, unwittingly putting herself on a direct trajectory with danger as the killer accelerates his murder spree. When Sharona gets drawn into the killer’s orbit, she peels away his public persona and exposes the psychopath underneath. Suddenly, the small town has no hiding place…


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