The author of our current ‘Featured Title’ David Kessler gives us an insight into his world
KillerReads: When did you start writing?
David Kessler: When I was 15 and on the verge of dropping out of school in the early seventies. I wrote a screenplay with a singing role for myself because I had dreams of being the next Donny Osmond. I sent it to my mother’s cousin – the film director Clive Donner. He gave me some useful advice, but of course it was an early juvenile effort and nothing came of the project.
However, having written it I discovered that I had a talent for creative writing – as distinct from singing or songwriting! And so I carried on writing from then on – and haven’t stopped since.
I should also acknowledge the earlier influence of my older sister Simone, who was an avid reader and writer. There was a certain amount of sibling rivalry between us and I had already made some preliminary efforts at writing even when I was still in school to compete with her. Also I should acknowledge the encouragement and positive influence of two of my English teachers: Mr McLaughlin and Mr Marx.