Interview with Novelist Clive Austin (SWINGERS of West London)

Clive had been a life long fan of TV shows such as strictly come dancing , dancing with the stars and SYTYCD but after 10 years of teaching swing dance, Lindy Hop, West coast swing, ballroom dancing and CEROC, he suffered an accident that rid him of his job and his social life. After a decade in the dance world, he combined his wealth of experience, mixed with his ability to tell a good joke, and come up with an INSTANT 5 star rated Amazon #1 International bestseller that has been described as being “Like Cuban Fury… but with punchlines”.

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Interview with Clive Austin:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?

Clive Austin: Swingers of West London is a romantic comedy, set in two fictional swing dance classes in West London. It comprises of two interweaving story lines. In one story line, Clive goes to the swing dance class and meets Kay, a beginner teacher whom he instantly falls in love with, the trouble is, Kay already has a partner, Simon, who already works there… that and the fact that Clive has developed a reputation having been falsely arrested numerous times by the time they first meet. In the other story line, we see Tamara, a failed ballerina who joins the dance class with one aim in mind; to reclaim her long lost childhood dream of one day becoming a big name in the dance world the only way she knows how… by sleeping her way to the top via the head teacher, Jon, who is not only married himself, but is also currently in a forbidden extramarital affair with another member of the SWINGERS staff creating an instant three way love triangle. As extramarital affairs are forbidden at SWINGERS (ironically), the three of them then have to pretend to the paying public that they all get along like one big happy family, which is difficult when they are the only two being paid, while the rest work twice as hard for free.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

CA: It’s an international bestseller for 99p/99c… what more can I say?

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?

CA: “Highly recommended” (a reviewer’s words… not mine.)

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

CA: I’m still waiting for “The never ending story” to end.

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

CA: No, as I explain in my introduction, after I lost my job, a friend recommended that I write comedy to stop myself from going mad. I then started writing SWINGERS originally for T.V. and took the side step of releasing it as a self-published paperback… where it became a bestseller within two days before going on to become an international bestseller not long after.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?

CA: I didn’t read much before writing “SWINGERS.” The one book that sticks in my mind was “Thirty Nothing”, it taught me how to leave storylines apparently unexplained, only to tie up all the loose ends at the end.

MT: What motivates you to write?

CA: As I’ve said, it was originally meant to cheer me up and stop me from going mad. Once I got started, the rest simply fell into place as a lot of it was based on real life experiences or stories that I’d heard from friends mixed in with a lot of supporting one liners to keep things ticking along.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

CA: As Clive gets falsely arrested at the end of almost every chapter… can I say “Constable”?

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

CA: Needless repetition, writing comedy and needless repetition.

MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

CA: I list all my advice on how I became a bestselling author in 2 days in my other work, ironically titled “how I became a bestselling author in 2 days”.



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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