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The next big thing

This is an initiative in which a bunch of us writers are trying to publicise our work, and to introduce our circle to the writing of others. Ten questions, some silly, some serious: here we go.

• What is the working title of your next book?

It’s not ‘working’, it’s printed and will  be released at the end of this month. It’ll be the fourth in my Primavera Blackstone series, and it is titled ‘Deadly Business’.

• Where did the idea come from for the book?

Like all the others, I’m afraid. Sounds corny, but it came out of my head.

• What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a nice little mystery, poised somewhere between hard-boiled an cosy. Is there a murder in it? That’s a matter or interpretation

• What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in
a movie rendition?

I wouldn’t. I’d leave it to the professionals. But I’ve always thought that Ashley Jensen would make a perfect Primavera. Failing her, I’d go for Simone Lahbib. Shirley Gash; she is uncastable, and would have to play herself. Men? There’s Primavera’s pal Alex Guinart the cop; the part might be a  little slim for Javier Bardem, but that’s who I’d have, and for the Oz dream sequences, it can only be Keanu Reeves.

• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Con-man gets his comeuppance.

• Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I don’t get that question. (I didn’t write it.) The book will be published by Headline, like the other thirty-five. Yes, I have an agent.

• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Three Months, give or take.

• What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

‘Come Paris sons are odorous’, as the telegram read, advising a lady that her offspring had fallen into a vat of perfume.  Besides, mystery fiction is not replete with grieving women with growing boys. I’d like to think that Primavera Eagle Blackstone, Phillips as was, is one of a kind. For sure, I meant her to be.

• Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Primavera came into existence more than 15 years ago,  when, after finishing my third Bob Skinner novel, I decided to see whether I could do anything else. Turned out that I could. The rest is geography.

• What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Its location. Primavera and Tom live in a fictional house in the very real village of St Marti d’Empuries. If you’ve never been there, I urge you to visit.


If that lot floats your boat, I suggest that you might like to continue the voyage with the following:

http://writerlywitterings.wordpress.com/ — the blog of the legendary Michael Jecks, master of the medieval and of the moor.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/n/barbara-nadel/ — she doesn’t have a website, but this will lead you to the work of the incomparable Turkish Delight that is Barbara Nadel.

http://www.paul-johnston.co.uk/ — a fellow Jock, the acerbic, prolific and  and ridiculously talented Paul J, whose first big character was called Quint: no relation.

http://www.michaelconnelly.com/ — in the US nobody does it better.



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