My first author interview for August’s “Passion and Compassion” month is Drew Cross who hails from Nottingham, U.K. I can’t remember exactly when I first connected with Drew, but it was on Facebook, and we chatted about book marketing at a car dealership. Ha! The next time we spoke was about music. Drew is passionate about heavy metal, and I’m not, but he is hot about something else that I am—food – HOT food, particularly south-east Asian food; or as he puts it, anything with hot chilli peppers is good.
You have to love a man who’s passionate about what he puts into his body. Please welcome the spicy Drew Cross ;).
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Drew has at various points been a pharmaceutical microbiology lab technician, plumber’s mate and police officer; he is currently a financial advisor for a large UK banking group.
When he isn’t reading or writing, Drew enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, cycling, boxing and talking about himself in the third person.
A spate of vicious attacks on working girls – A crazed monster who rips his victims’ flesh – A cop with dark secrets for whom blood is more than in his veins.
Young cop Shane Marks is good at his job. He is also a damaged human being.
When a series of attacks of escalating violence start up right on his doorstep and the investigative spotlight threatens to shine into the murky corners of his world, he is faced with a choice – stop this man by any means necessary, or let his carefully constructed façade unravel and see the ghosts of his dark past dragged out for all to see.
But Shane is a dangerous man himself, with a greater understanding of the nature of the one that they all seek, and no intention of seeing his personal demons exposed.
Blood, lust and bloodlust collide as he desperately tries to stay one step ahead of his colleagues and get one step closer to his quarry, right up until the shocking finale …
Inside Drew Cross’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? A future where I can write full-time, sharing all of the stories that well up in me without having to put projects aside to focus on the day job all of the time – ideally from my writing room with sublime views in a beautiful house somewhere picturesque (Vancouver looks nice!).
What turns you on creatively? Exploring the darkness in me, skirting around those moral ‘grey’ areas, complexities and subtleties in the human condition, and trying to ask questions, even if I don’t necessarily know all of the answers.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Probably the ones when I refer to myself in a derogatory fashion! I had a difficult upbringing, which gives me the tendency to view myself in light of those experiences. In the past I’ve referred to myself as a ‘monster’, on the basis of the exaggerated persona that I cultivated to protect myself. You’ll be pleased to know that in reality I’m generally good-humored, quick to laugh and easy company, articulate, friendly and unfailingly polite. A good friend recently summed me up like this: ‘The kindest, most generous and big-hearted person I know…and the scariest man alive when crossed.’ That about sums it up, lol!
What quality do you most admire in a man? Humility. A man who can enjoy success without having to advertise it to all and sundry is a truly happy and content one.
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Poise. Some women are magnetic and effortlessly graceful, they carry themselves with genuine confidence and know exactly what they want. For me that is infinitely more attractive than any particular physical ‘type’.
What is your greatest regret? Taking a decade to stand up to the people who tortured me. When I finally did, things changed overnight, but I allowed them to believe that I was weak for far too long and that cost me things which are difficult to get back.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’m the whole package, lady, how do you improve on that?! 😉 Seriously though, I’d like to be more patient; I tend to want everything to happen overnight and that leaves me frustrated.
What is your greatest fear? That someone might harm my children (Zac aged 4 and Zara aged 3 – collectively referred to as ‘The Zeds’ by me). I hope that day never comes, because then I’d have to go shopping for sharp bladed implements and rope…
Which living person do you most admire? Perhaps His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He possesses true humility, endless patience and wisdom.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I advise on stockmarket investments for a living, but I’m hoping that this whole writing lark works out eventually!
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A Bonobo! Do I really need to elaborate? Lol!
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Surviving to thirty years of age! I think it surprised everybody who knew me in my younger years.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Conceit. I don’t like dishonesty either, but I can usually detect that in people easily and then choose not to trust them.
What is your greatest extravagance? I’m not an extravagant man, material things are of relatively little importance to me; but I am fond of fine Single Malt Whisky.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Secure my children’s futures.
What is your present state of mind? Chaotic right now, a little depressed and deflated too, if I’m being completely honest, but hopeful too…it’s been a tough few months, personally and professionally, and I’ve been trying to decide whether to put out all of my work self-published, or through publishers who have little personal interest in whether I sink or swim.
What are some of your favorite curse words? Fuck, bollocks and cunt (the last one when spoken by a woman – said in the right context and circumstances it can be extremely powerful).
What is your motto? That which does not kill you only serves to make you stronger.
Connect with Drew
Thank you Drew for being such a passionate man with your fiction, interview, and tattoos! I invite all readers to leave Drew a comment or ask him a question. He’s really a sweet guy!