The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I met Norm on Twitter through the writing community, and he was so kind to grant me an interview! I haven’t done many of these (1 other, to be exact), so his helping a budding book blogger was so awesome! Please keep reading to enjoy this super fun interview!

What kind of books do you write?

Crime fiction stories set in Oceanside, California.

What made you decide to be a writer?

I was hooked by the magic of stories. As a teenager I always thought of books as precious escape hatches to other places. I would never go anywhere without a dog-eared paperback. Even back then I was experimenting with writing my own short stories. However it was really the experience of attending some fireside creative writing classes one winter that made me get a little more serious about my writing. 

What book would you recommend that a first time reader start with?

There are currently three Leighton Jones novels, which are all stand alone titles and can be read in any order, but I’d probably recommend readers to start with The Girl on the Bus.  It was my debut novel and many reviewers have said that it made them feel the same way about buses as Jaws made them feel about taking a dip in the ocean. It is basically a missing person mystery, but it’s also about two flawed characters who need each other and are rapidly propelled into danger together.  

What character of yours do you relate the most to? Why?

Detective Leighton Jones

Jonesy and I have spent a few years in each other’s company and we do share the same characteristics- he wants to be a good dad but mostly feels he is not, he struggles with authority, and ultimately he wants to help others, which is fairly like me.

Do you have a routine when you write? 

Not really – I still teach at a high school during the day and therefore tend to snatch any moments I can in the evening, but I generally try to put in a couple of hours each day even if that means burning the midnight oil. 

Any good luck charms you keep with you?

Not that I carry around, but I have a Victorian typewriter I bought from a charity shop when I first started writing almost thirty years ago. I noticed it in the window and it reminded me of the one in Stephen King’s Misery, so I bought it and took it home on the bus. It’s something I closely associate with starting out on my writing career.  Oh and I’ll usually have one of my four cats keeping me company as I write – they are meant to be lucky, right?

Do you have any suggestions for a budding writer or blogger?

For both, I think its important to get involved with a community of your peers. Writing and reading can be a solitary activity. Checking in with others can provide you with much needed company, advice and support.  


What is your favorite genre to read, and who is your favorite author in that genre?

The genre would have to be Travel Writing and the author would be the excellent Bill Bryson. A Walk in the Woods is one of the funniest and most entertaining books I have ever read. Even after reading a few pages, you feel like you need a shower to get the twigs and bugs out of your hair. 

Lightning Round:

Fruit or Veggies? Veggies every time.
Baseball or Basketball? Baseball (Go Oceanside Pirates!).
History or Science? History
Marvel or DC? I write about a dark detective so it must be DC.

If you’re interested in connecting with Mr. Brown on socials, you can find him on Twitter @normthewriter. He was so kind to grant this interview, and I hope you help support him!

Norm’s books (click each image to connect to Amazon US):

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Thank you all so much for visiting, and getting to know Norm just a little better! Until next time, bookworms!

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