Beginners Pluck - Craig Sterling

Craig Sterling has been making things up since he was five years old.

“I read English at Cambridge, and won a few prizes. From that I won a scholarship to study with 1992 Nobel Prize winner, Derek Walcott. I also had contact with Seamus Heaney and poet Geoffrey Hill.”

Craig worked in publishing, then became a freelance newspaper copy writer, also writing adverts for Reuters. In 2006 and 2008 he published collections of poetry.

“Then having worked in literature for so long, I decided to have some fun. Stealing Fire is the result. I wrote between five and seven in the morning. My wife would be woken by my guffaws of laughter from the next room.”

Craig had known his Edinburgh publishers for years. “I ran into them at a party and told them about the thriller. They asked me to send it, and said they’d publish it. I was amazed.”

Who is Craig Sterling?

Date/place of birth: December 1969/Canada.

Education: I went to school in Canada and Scotland.

Home: Edinburgh.

Family: Married. Expecting his first child in September.

Hobbies: Playing squash and playing the guitar.

The day job: Writing copy mainly for brochures and digital media.

Favourite writers: James Joyce; Dylan Thomas; Rider Haggard. “I read the whole time. I always have two or three books on the go.”

Second novel: “I’m 10,000 words into the sequel, The Prophet’s Tears.”

Top writing tip: “Get up early. Never, ever give up.”


Twitter: @stealing_fire.


Stealing Fire, Leamington Books, €8.07. (Available Kindle soon.)

Andy Harris is a failed Marine commando, now an arms dealer. He’s on his way to Paris with his boss, the renegade Bob Stone, when they become entangled with the Russians over bad news from Africa. Can they stop the plot that’s set to destroy the world?

The verdict: The plot flows at a furious pace.

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