Nathan Goodman thought he had his life under control…
Nathan Goodman has been married to Sylvia Gold for 35 years. They have two adult children in a seemingly happy marriage… until Sylvia asks for a divorce to continue her affair with a younger man. Switch is a tantalising read that explores the murky depths of long term relationships.
David Finchley was born in 1946 in post war Germany. He moved to Australia with his family at the age of ten. After completing school, he studied Medicine at Melbourne University, going on to specialise in Neurology, which he continues to practice today. Having been able to reduce his workload, he now has the time to pursue his long-held desire to write.
Author: David Finchley
Question: What inspired the idea behind the story of Switch?
David Finchley: I had already had the 2 other books accepted for publication and I wanted to keep writing. The idea of bags getting mixed up came to me. I had no specific plot in mind at that stage. The story evolved from there.
Question: How much of your inspiration comes from real life and real people?
David Finchley: In this book none at all. I suppose the Nathan character would have been a composite of people I know. For some reason, a few of my friends are accountants. The Cassie character was pure fiction. A friend who read the book said--you must have had fun doing the research', but that was not the case.
Question: What was the best thing about creating the character of Nathan Goodman?
David Finchley: I liked the idea of a character who is inherently decent and has something happen to him which is unfair. I The Eden Effect, Arthur is also that type ,and also an accountant. I then took Nathan and put him in a scenario that would have been completely foreign to him, which was fun. And I gave him a happy ending which was satisfying.
Question: How do you find time to write?
David Finchley: I now work part time in my -day job', which gives me the time.
Question: Why did you decide to write three books, are these books related in any way?
David Finchley: I did not set out to write three. The Eden Effect which was the first one I finished, which took 2 years. I started it, put it away and completed it 2 years later. Gold Standard I started many years ago, forgot about it and found it by accident during a clean-up at home and finished it. I then wrote Switch .The three are not at all related.
Interview by Brooke Hunter