After the release of my first novel Peeper, I had something of a surprise when I spoke to a friend who’d read it, who told me his enjoyment of the book had been diluted somewhat by the fact he’d envisioned the main character Jenks as being me, which given some of the lurid things Jenks gets up to, had left him feeling a little queasy.
Not for one moment had I ever envisioned Jenks as being anything like me. My specifications when I wrote him were that he should be down to earth and normal; an ordinary person getting involved in extraordinary circumstances. Of course, my idea of a normal person is someone who lives in a small rural town, has a low paid job and swears a lot. These are characteristics Jenks and I share, but there the similarity ends. For starters, he is affable and sociable, whereas I am reclusive and neurotic.
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