It’s not everyday that one of you friends release their debut novel but that is exactly what my good friend David Skivington has done this week.
Scar Tissue is a fictional story but many of the issues raised in the book are very real, looking at the prejudice faced by the Dalit caste and also the cruelty of human trafficking.
The book tells the story of Rachel and her husband’s secret life. The back cover reads as follows:
“In a single phone call, Rachel’s entire life unravels. Transported to a dingy basement in Kolkata to identify the body of her murdered husband she has no explanation for his presence in India. As she searches for answers about who the man she married really was she finds his death surrounded by allegations of drug smuggling, child trafficking and murder. Unsure of what is true and who she can trust, Rachel has no idea of the danger her husband’s hidden life has put her in.”
David completed an MA in Development Studies in which he explored the cause of many social issues. His studies focused particularly on the caste system in India. After this he trained as a teacher and taught RE in the UK for three years. He is now working as a volunteer, teaching English to children in a rural orphanage school in Andhra Pradesh, South East India.
David loves being immersed in different cultures and has used his experiences in India to craft his new novel.
I caught up with David and asked him about what his inspiration for his debut novel was and here’s what he revealed:
“I volunteered in Kolkata working among street children for six months when I was 18 and it had a massive effect on me. Seeing the poverty, and particularly the reinforcement the caste system had on keeping people in the cycle of poverty challenged me to do something to raise awareness of what was going on in our world. As well as this, while in Kolkata I was approached by and offered young girls. This, and future years contact with numerous charities made me want to try and challenge the horrendous practice of human trafficking and I saw my writing as a way to do this.”