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Interview Yourself #1: The Early Days

Hi, folks! Today, I’m doing something a little different and starting out on 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, starting with these from Lawrence Wray.

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 were you like at school?

I was in the top set for my classes during primary school and secondary school. In primary school, I was given extra maths lessons and was the only person in several years to score a level 6 in my SATS exams, which presumably means something. I used to finish all of my work before everyone else, then get bored and frustrated. I used to get punished for distracting other people because I had no work left and hated to sit there doing nothing.


Were you good at English?

Funnily enough, not really. Maths was always my stronger point as a kid, although I loved to read. I got a C in English during my GCSEs, but I also got an A in English Literature. Go figure!


What are your ambitions for your writing career?

If I could make a living from it, I’d be happy. I think it’s unrealistic to set your sights on becoming the next Stephen King or J. K. Rowling, although that would be nice! But I tend to set a goal, meet it, and then set another. The current goal is to work full-time as a writer, supplementing my income with a mixture of book sales and freelance work.


Which writers inspire you?

They all do! Seriously, I get such a buzz just from seeing the creativity and dedication to the craft that’s on offer, whether we’re talking about bestselling authors or the indie folks I know. It’s hard not to feel like you’re a part of a community.



So, what have you written?

This is a difficult one to answer because I write so much, and a lot of my earlier works are unpublished – and unlikely to ever see the light of day. But on the market at the moment, I have the following:


Where can we buy or see them?

They’re available from most online outlets and some local shops will be able to order them in. I usually point people to Amazon, because that’s what I use as a hub for them, and you can also check them out on Goodreads. And if you’re after a signed copy, drop me a message and I’ll see what I can do!


Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Which one? Most of them don’t do anything that’s particularly ‘special’ – I like to write about normal people, people who do their best and are fallible and who find themselves struggling to cope with unusual situations.


What are you working on at the minute?

I’ve got quite a few projects on the go at the moment, including a series of detective novels, an anthology of new writing and a book called ‘Meat‘ which is in the planning stage and all very hush hush.


What’s it about?

The first detective novel, Driven, introduces private detective James Leipfold and his whizzkid assistant Maile O’Hara as they investigate the death of a young woman who was killed in a hit and run. The second book, Netflix & Kill, follows on from the first book and sees the duo investigating a serial killer on the streets of London. And Subject Verb Object brings 21 different writers together to write pieces based on prompts that other authors provided.


What genre are your books?

I don’t write in a single genre, so this one’s hard to answer. I write books that I’d want to read, and I like to read a bit of everything. The only real point of consistency across them is that they’re all ‘quirky‘ and ‘alternative‘.


Dane Cobain - Come On Up to the House


So there we have it – that’s the first installment 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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