Featured Interview With Trevor D'Silva
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Trevor D’Silva. I have four degrees: three is engineering and one in accounting. From the time I was a child, I’ve always been a voracious reader and that is why I decided to start writing books. I have an avid love for nature and the environment. Therefore, I’m keen on animal rights. I love travelling, learning new languages, experiencing new cuisines and cultures.
I currently live in the United States.
No pets, although, I do love animals.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I think at the age of nine I started reading Hardy Boys and books by Enid Blyton. Also, cartoon books like Asterix and Tintin. As I grew up, I branched out reading big authors like: Dame Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jeffery Archer, Jack Higgins, Ken Follett and others.
I wrote some short stories while growing up, but it was while in college, I decided to start writing my first novel and the rest as they say is history.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
In the literary fiction and other genres, I read books by Sydney Sheldon, Jack Higgins, Ken Follett, Jeffery Archer, Brad Thor and many more.
In the crime fiction genre, I read Dame Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Crime fiction is my favorite genre to read.
Many things inspire me. I love history and I think it can be fun. A lot of people may disagree with me because to them, history is not fun. I add historical events into my story, so that the readers can learn history while reading for pleasure. In addition to the above authors who have inspired me to write novels, I also have to mention movies and historical documentaries. Also, the internet is full of interesting information, but great care should be taken to make sure that the information is true.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is called A Bloody Hot Summer and it is a crime fiction novel. The book is set primarily in England in 1927 and begins with the murder of Lady Doris Fitzhugh after she celebrates her eightieth birthday party. To solve this case, an inexperienced detective, Dermot Carlyle is assigned to help Inspector Lester Enderby, because he is holidaying at nearby Meadowford Village. More murders and two attempted murders on Lady Fitzhugh’s nephew and heir take place. To catch the killers and thwart their plans, Dermot has to uncover family secrets by delving into the family’s past connected with bloody events of the British Empire like: The 1857 Indian Mutiny and the Second-Anglo Boer War in South Africa.
Therefore, anybody who loves a murder mystery set in the interwar years should give this novel a try, as it is reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s novels set during the same time period. This novel is written in British English and great care was given to give the characters Scottish and Cockney accents to give it that air of authenticity. It has been reviewed by the Montreal Times, authors like Celia Sandys who is the granddaughter of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and also Paul C.W. Beatty. It has also won awards.