Short, Sharp Interview: Keith Nixon

Russian RoulettePDB: What’s going on now?

I’ve just released Russian Roulette via Caffeine Nights. It’s a novel length collection of back stories on Konstantin, one of the characters from my debut, The Fix. Readers (and me!) liked him so I decided to give him his own platform.

PDB: How did you research this book?

Almost entirely in my head! It’s based where I lived for twelve years (a couple of months ago we relocated up to Cheshire). Konstantin’s antics are all fictional – I personally have no direct experience of dildo wielding dominatrixes!

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

The first novella in the collection, Dream Land. It’s Konstantin’s first 48 hours in Margate & reveals how and why he becomes a tramp. Start to finish it was 8 days in the making. I love the short, choppy style.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

Ouch, hard to answer as it’s shifted over time, but Fight Club (the multi-perspective action is excellently done) / Pullman’s Dark Materials (sheer brilliance) / London Grammar, Wasting My Young Years (it’ll be something else next week) / Sherlock (see previous comment)

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

If you mean location of the story, not massively, no. My latest work is set somewhere to be decided in the UK, but I’ve no idea where yet.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?nixon

Haha, that’s like a doctor asking how many units of alcohol you drink a week! Too often, frankly. One of my novels, a historical fiction novel titled The Eagle’s Shadow, I check daily – I’m interested to understand how sales volume relates to ranking and whether any actions I’ve taken help. My crime novels, less so Maybe once or twice a week.

PDB: What’s next?

March 2015 my next novel is due out, again via Caffeine Nights. It’s the follow up to The Fix. I’m currently writing a police procedural novel which will be finished soon before I go back to the next historical fiction novel (I have a tendency to get a third of the way through a book, then get stuck).

keith nixonBio: Keith Nixon has been writing since he was a child. In fact some of his friends (& his wife) say he’s never really grown up. Keith is currently gainfully employed in a senior sales role for a UK based high-tech company meaning he gets to use his one skill, talking too much.  Keith writes crime and historical fiction novels.

His crime novels are published by by UK based indie house Caffeine Nights. Keith’s highly regarded black comedy crime debut, The Fix, has already garnered much critical aclaim. In November 2014 Russian Roulette is to be published. The enigmatic, ex-KGB tramp, Konstantin Boryakov gets his own platform to cause trouble and mayhem again. The follow up to The Fix will be published in March 2015.

Keith has also a highly successful historical fiction novel to his name – The Eagle’s Shadow, where one man resists the might of Rome. Based on historical fact The Eagle’s Shadow has sold thousands of copies and ridden high in the UK kindle chart since its publication.

As well as writing Keith reads far too much and is a reviewer for the respected Crime Fiction Lover and Big Al’s Books & Pals.

You can find Keith on various social media platforms:
Twitter: @knntom
Facebook: Keithnixonauthor

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