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Steven Hayward

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I'm a financial crime consultant who suddenly decided some time ago that my dream was to write fiction. My debut novel, Mickey Take, features an ex-banker who throws in the towel on his "big" City job, but that's where the similarity ends. Between writing crime thrillers and volunteering as the financial controller of the annual New Ways Advent Ball (newways.org.uk), I periodically venture back into the London commuter scene. In contrast, Michael Field, the protagonist and primary narrator of Mickey Take, is perhaps less likely to resume his career in financial services anytime soon!

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Steven Hayward Thanks for your question, Maretha. I absolutely agree. Interruptions are at best a double-edged sword for writers, especially difficult given the need…moreThanks for your question, Maretha. I absolutely agree. Interruptions are at best a double-edged sword for writers, especially difficult given the need to remain active in our networks and sustain our marketing efforts. Setting aside quality time, and in sufficient quantity, can be difficult. One of my frequent references as a writer is the importance of achieving and maintaining momentum. Whether that's whilst writing a first draft or editing, getting into a "zone" that can sustain a level of creativity and focus for days (if not weeks) at a time, I find vital, not only to achieve the goal but also in how the journey feels. All of that said, it's good to be able to focus on something completely different from time to time. For me, a long dog-walk or time spent gardening are my distractions of choice. OK, now back to that editing!(less)
Steven Hayward I tend to avoid the term because I think once you give that particular state of mind a label you are just finding something external to blame and by…moreI tend to avoid the term because I think once you give that particular state of mind a label you are just finding something external to blame and by focusing on it you generate the stress that it then thrives on. Better to go for a long walk with the dog! On a practical level, if I'm at a crossroads and procrastination starts kicking in I would take one of my characters to one side and "interview them" to get more insight into what makes them tick.(less)
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Mickey Take When a debt goes bad... by Steven Hayward Steven Hayward
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My name is Michael Field. If you thought I was going to say: My name is Michael Caine, you’d be wrong. The only thing we’ve got in common, some say, is he talks like me. I suppose you’ll be the judge of that. Anyway, call me Mickey.
I’m here in my local. About nine miles east of a place I’ve affectionately dubbed Bleak House. I’ve ju... Read more of this blog post »
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" Thanks for reading and reviewing Jammed Up, Neil. I'm sorry you were disappointed. It sounds like you enjoyed Mickey Take, though, so I'm encouraged b ...more "
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"Had me hooked from start to finish

This was a truly mesmerising story!
The sub-title “When a Debt goes Bad” had me thinking it would be a story about gambling. Not so. The suspense unravels from the very first scene and keeps you gripped right to t..." Read more of this review »
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Pacy, fast moving, well written and introduces us to Jam and Jabba and their South London rudeboy subculture and dialect. Jam is our main hero - tough, streetwise, ruthless but also honourable, loyal, impetuous and occasionally showing a vulnerab..." Read more of this review »
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"Long overdue and with a smile similar to Jack Nicholson's iconic leering face whilst holding an axe, Michael Field walks away from his city life. Then bang, leaving behind a job that along with the break down of his marriage was never really the l..." Read more of this review »
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“If I said the light was casting an amber wash around the room, glowing and fading rhythmically like a mood lamp as the tree swayed gently in the breeze, I’d be having you on because I was completely unmoved by the ambience of the place.”
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“Well, if I dreamt at all, my would-be tormentors must have smelled the scotch and decided I was too inebriated to take any notice of them and buggered off to screw up someone else’s night.”
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“My subconscious seems to like the darkness. I can sense it shifting a gear as the visual distractions are extinguished. It works better; preferring the low volume hum of the sprawling city at night in its subservience to the sounds of nature.”
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