Meet the Author

David Pollard

As part of the blog tour for his novel, Mindworm, David Pollard kindly took the time to answer a few questions and I am here to share those answers with you today. Many thanks to David for taking part in this Q&A, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to get involved in the blog tour. Here comes the Q&A now, closely followed by all the details for Mindworm.

Why did you choose to self-publish your work?

The short answer is that I’m conscious that time is limited – I can either try to persuade a publisher that my book has merit or I can try to persuade potential readers that my book is entertaining and worth reading. Overall the latter option has most value for me. I also believe that my objectives in writing – to enjoy the process and to entertain an audience is not a good fit with a publisher’s need to make money at a low commercial risk.

Why do you write?

I have a lot of stories in my head and they demand to be let out. I enjoy the writing process itself – I find it deeply satisfying. And then I crave an audience and really enjoy their reaction to my work.

Your website address is and your email address is How come?

I think of myself as a teller of tales – I write plays, act, direct for the stage as well as writing novels and short stories. Tusitala means Teller of Tales in the Samoan language and was what Robert Louis Stevenson was called by the Samoan people when he lived there. I am a great admirer of RLS and so I appropriated the title.

What books have influenced you?

I’ve always considered that ‘Treasure Island’ by RLS is one of the great adventure stories and I must own that as an influence.  My father pointed me to Robert Tressel’s ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ and I’ve always found that influential in life as well as in my writing.

What do you read?

I always try to support independent authors like myself but I’m also attracted by the main stream. My last favourite read was ‘The Five’ by Hallie Rubenhold which is a refreshing and pertinent viewpoint on the well-worn ‘Jack the Ripper’ franchise and provides a focus on the victims which is long overdue. I also enjoy the craftsmanship of Lee Child in his Jack Reacher stories.

Do you think that the story of ‘Mindworm’ would translate to the screen?

I do see ‘Mindworm’  becoming a very compact film and I’d be delighted if that ever came to pass. If it did happen I’d like to see Gary Oldman as the mindworm and Tommy Lee Jones as Lieutenant Stride.

Many thanks David for your answers to this Q&A. Now for all the important Mindworm info.


The placid life of a college librarian is plunged into a desperate fight for survival  when he witnesses the death of his only friend. Suddenly he is forced to confront disturbing changes in his nature and appetites and their consequences. Suspected of murder and pursued by an implacable police detective he runs – but is he running from the law or from himself?


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book jacket photoAfter more than forty years of paid employment David Pollard retired to glorious Hereford and immersed himself in the theatrical activities of the county. He is currently Chair of Hereford County Drama Festival.

David  sees himself as a teller of tales – he is a playwright, author of short stories and novels. He has a preference for dark and dystopian material. He is also an actor and theatrical director. Among the many authors admired by David is Robert Louis Stevenson – for his website David adopted the appellation Tuistala – Samoan for ‘Teller of Tales’ which the Samoan people called RLS.

Several of David’s plays have been published by Lazybee Scripts – one of which ‘Aspects of a Betrayal’ was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh prize at the Windsor Fringe Festival.

David has two works published on KDP/Amazon:

‘His Cat and Other Strange Tales’ – a collection of macabre short stories

‘The Alienation of Ludovic Weiss’ – a psychological thriller

A third book ‘Mindworm ‘ is scheduled for publication in September 2020

When not writing, directing or acting David runs a podcast platform for the streaming of radio plays and short story readings – Hand to Mouth Sound Theatre.

For relaxation David reads voraciously with a liking for history and thriller fiction. He also enjoys country walks of the strolling variety.




Don’t forget to visit the other blogs making up the tour to read more about Mindworm.

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