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Interview Yourself #16: Nightmares, styles and titles

Hi, folks! Today, I’m continuing with a new, unique series of posts. In the coming weeks, I’m going to be interviewing myself using pre-written questions from other blog sites, like these ones via BookFox.

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and a great way for me to reveal a little bit more about myself, my writing and my habits. Are you ready? Good – let’s get started.


Dane Cobain


What inspired you to write your first book?

No Rest for the Wicked, my first release, was based upon a nightmare that I had while I was at university. I woke up from it, wrote the basics down, then developed it over the following weeks.


Do you have a specific writing style?

I consider myself to be an ‘alternativeauthor. I think I do have a style, but it’s a style that constantly develops and hops between genres.


How did you come up with the title?

For No Rest for the Wicked? Originally it was just called ‘Angels‘, but I was advised to change it by a publisher and they were totally right. One of the characters says that there’s no rest for the wicked during a piece of dialogue and it seemed like a decent title to stick with.


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

I usually don’t have a message as such, but I do hope that my books make my readers think about things and see the world from a different point of view.


How much of the book is realistic?

My work is usually quite realistic – it’s mostly set in our world, because I find writing about that more interesting.


Dane Cobain
Dane Cobain


Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

None of it’s necessarily based on people I know or events in my life, but there’s no denying that both of those have an influence on it. I sort of bring in a bit of everything and end up with a cohesive whole, like combining ingredients to create a full dish.


What books have most influenced your life most?

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy was what turned me into a die-hard reader. I didn’t read the Harry Potter books until after that.


If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I’m not sure if I have a mentor – if it had to be anyone, it’d probably be either Jeff Hilson or Peter Jaeger. The two of them are poets, and they were also my lecturers at university.


What book are you reading now?

I’m currently around two thirds of the way through War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.


Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Plenty, but there are too many to name. The best bet would be to head over to – my book blog – and see what I’ve been reading and who I’ve been interviewing.


Dane Cobain - Come On Up to the House
Dane Cobain – Come On Up to the House


So there we have it – that’s the latest instalment of Interview Yourself over and done with! Thanks, as always, for reading, and be sure to keep your browser pointed to You can also sign up to my mailing list, follow me on Facebook and Twitter or check out my books for further info. I’ll see you soon!

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