5 Minutes With: David Wailing

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Meet the locally-based freelance editor and indie author, who is one of the Seventhsister team


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david-waillingDavid Wailing is a native Londoner and lives in Wood Green. He works as a freelance editor and proofreader. He is also a indie author, with several novels available as eBooks on Amazon.

David enjoys living in N22 and believes that Haringey is continually evolving and improving to become one of the liveliest boroughs in the city.

How long have you lived/worked in Tottenham and why?
I have lived in Wood Green since 1998, so I’m a resident since last century. Back then Haringey was not an especially desirable borough, but affordable. Over the years it has become more desirable, which is one reason I have stayed. Hopefully it will not follow much of London in becoming too expensive to live in.

When were you happiest?
I will always be happiest in the future, not the past. (Self-help book publishers, please get in touch, my rates are reasonable.)

What is your favourite sound or smell?
The smell of liquorice, which I am slightly addicted to.

What is your greatest life achievement?
Writing nine novels (to date).

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t burn any bridges unless someone else has already completely demolished them. (Fortune cookie companies, please get in touch, my rates are reasonable.)

What is your earliest memory?
Screaming in terror at seeing a Dalek rush out of the TV screen at me. I’ve since dated this as taking place on 8th January 1972.

What makes you unhappy?
Avoidable problems not being avoided.

Dave - Ally PallyWhat simple thing would improve your quality of life?
I’ve already done this by going freelance two years ago. Best decision ever.

What is your most unappealing habit?
Dunking biscuits in my tea, even if they disintegrate.

What is your favourite part/nook or cranny of Tottenham?
I love Lordship Recreation Ground which is perfect for a long walk. I managed to live in Wood Green for a whole decade before even discovering it, so walking through the gates for the first time was a revelation.

Describe a good day or night out in Tottenham?
To be honest, I very rarely go on a night out anywhere in Haringey. There are too few places that feel really inviting, but I hope this is one of the many things that will change in the near future as part of the borough’s regeneration.


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  • Bree

    What a thoroughly nice, down to earth chap David sounds – and he’s a brilliant author too!