Win a FREE copy of The Scars Beneath the Soul by Dave Sivers

Well it’s time to welcome this weeks guest author on the Thursday Throng and today I’m welcoming Dave Sivers, author of The Scars Beneath the Soul. He is very kindly offering a FREE copy to one lucky commenter too, just leave a comment below to enter the giveaway. After a career in the Civil Service and moonlighting as a bookies clerk and nightclub bouncer he found his way into fiction and I’m sure that his experience in all three roles has helped enormously.

Scars Beneath the SoulThe Review

Dave’s book had me hooked from page one, it was a flashback to an earlier time and with hindsight it captured the mood of the whole novel perfectly. I particularly liked the characterisation. Lizzie is self conscious and putting up the barriers we all do when we feel we aren’t perfect enough. Dan makes us wonder just how we would cope in similar circumstances and whether he has, truly recovered from the events that shattered his life ten years earlier. The novel’s pace was just right and by the end I had to stay up until 1.00am just to find out what finally happened. As with other good detective novels this one leaves you with as many new questions as the old ones are answered and I do hope that there will be a follow-up.

Dave SiversThe Interview

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

Ah, the difficult ones first!  On the whole, I’m a pretty open book, but I guess not too many people know that my first piece of published fiction was a piece of chick-lit in Take a Break magazine under the pen-name Melanie Blake.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

I especially like the Amazon review that says of my collection Dark and Deep: Ten Coffee Break Crime Stories:  “This collection of short stories elevates my opinion of Dave to that of real genius”.  I’ve had other great reviews, but I can’t improve on that… so far.

Are the names of your characters important to you?

For me, the right name is vitally important.  Characters ‘wear’ their names – they help readers to visualise them.  Even made up names in fantasy fiction still have to sound right.  In real life, people can be saddled with names that just don’t suit them when they grow up – imagine a weedy little guy called Troy or Samson.  With a fictional character, you have the luxury of already knowing how they have turned out.  The two detectives in my new crime novel, The Scars Beneath the Soul, are Archer and Baines – and those names had to roll off the tongue as a partnership.

How did you choose a title for your book?

As with names, titles are important, because they can suggest to the reader what they are getting if they buy the book.  My ideas for The Scars Beneath the Soul started with my two protagonists and what would be different about them.  Both are them are damaged in their own ways, through others’ actions, and I decided that one of the big themes would be the harm people do to each other – and how some wounds go deeper than others.  The title sums up the theme nicely, I think.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Dozens – but in particular, I find there are two seemingly contradictory hazards.  The first is procrastination – the bane of any writer’s life – often just about anything seems more interesting than the blank screen staring at you.

And yet… the other hazard is getting into the writing ‘zone’ – what Stephen King calls ‘falling through the hole in the page’ – and losing track of time.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been late for something because real time marches on while I’m immersed in the world of a story.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

I wish I’d got into guitar-playing when I was a lot younger, and taken much more time to practice.  I wouldn’t have said no to being a guitar hero.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

George Clooney would do nicely, I think.  We could do a deal – I’d help him with his accent,  so he could sound like me, and he could help me to look a little more like him.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t just set out to be one sort of writer – have a go at short stories, novels, journalism, script writing, and different genres.  Some won’t be for you, but you’ll stumble upon something you hadn’t thought of that you really enjoy, and will be good at.

What has been the best experience you have ever had in your life? 

Naturally I am going to cheat and give you my top five instead:  getting married; graduating from the Open University; having my first piece of fiction accepted for publication; being in New Orleans (just a year before Katrina); and writing and directing a Nativity musical last December.  I wrote the songs as well as the script, and seeing the whole thing performed so brilliantly by about 40 singers, actors, dancers and musicians was a huge buzz.

Are you jealous of other writers?  

Stephen King remains a master of his craft all these years on, and I am in awe of him.  The writing on The West Wing is so good it makes me weep with jealousy.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Tea – but, as I said earlier, when I get into the ‘zone;, I can lose all sense of time, and my day is often littered with stone cold cups of tea.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

Probably best if I keep that up my sleeve…


How to Win a Copy of Scars Beneath the Soul

To be in with a chance of winning your own ebook copy of Scars Beneath the Soul by Dave Sivers all you need to do is leave a comment for him at the end of this blog post. In July I’ll pick a winner.


Where can you find out more about Dave and buy his books?

The Scars Beneath the Soul is available in Kindle format from and

You can meet Dave on his own website and on Twitter with the handle @davesivers. You can ask him to be a friend on Facebook here and chat with him on Goodreads here as well.


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  1. Hi Dave and Linda – great interview. I can attest to Dave’s skill as a writer and also as a director, having been lucky enough to attend the Nativity musical he mentions, which was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Good luck with ‘Scars’ Dave I’m looking forward to reading it (I already have my copy.)

  2. Hi everyone, and thanks for the comments so far. Great (and rather humbling) to think my book might be able to inspire people a little, whether it’s getting back into writing or coping with pain. I’d just be happy to give you a good read!

  3. This book sounds AMAZING, and reminds me that I really need to get back into my writing, and can do that rather easily via use of my own experiences!

  4. The title is very intriguing! Looking forward to discovering your development of this concept.

    Nativity Musical is so creative!

    Blessings and continued Success.

  5. I’m sure Dave would love to hear that you could be inspired by his novel Audrey 🙂 I can’t imagine the problems encountered because of pain, I would think that it would be difficult to concentrate on anything else so well done for carrying on.

  6. I write cookery features for my local paper and would love to get into writing a novel, I try to read all new authors to try to get motivated but I have spinal disc problems which have left me disabled and in pain so it is hard to get going. I would love the chance to get a copy of this novel to inspire me.