What inspired the story?
I asked myself what could be the worse thing that could happen to me as a father and I think the thought of one of my kids going missing would be the worst. I then took it a bit further and put Elizabeth in the position of having a feeling that her daughter was still alive and somewhere else. I didn't really want to go down the abuse/pedophile road. That sickens me.
What makes the cause important to you?
If I can doing anything to help kids have a better life then I'm in. Kids are the future and they need love and a good start in life. The fear in the eyes of the young girl on the book cover says it all. How anyone could look into those eyes and totally ignore that is beyond me. If I had my way there'd be a death penalty in every country in the world for child abusers.
A bit about myself.
I'm a father of two beautiful girls. I'm a self employed tiler by day and a writer at night. I'm editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive and I blog at David Barber's Fiction World.