SHORT, SHARP INTERVIEW: COL BURY

PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication/ project in 25 words or less? CB: eBook, Manchester 6, contains six gritty crime stories (plus ‘bonus material’), and oozes dark wit, with more twists and turns than a snake on speed.

  
PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? 
CB: My free time is sparse, so my TBR pile is a whopper. It’s been long overdue, but I’m currently nearing the end of Richard Godwin‘s classic, ‘Apostle Rising’. My fave read last year was undoubtedly Stuart Neville’s, ‘The Twelve‘. On the telly, I loved the BBC series, ‘Luther‘ with Idris Elba, and film-wise, ‘Drive‘ starring Ryan Gosling takes some beating. 

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader? 
CB: No. Not for me anyway. I find it impossible not to fully digest each sentence, which is why I’m a slow reader. Wouldn’t really change it either, as reading with a critical eye really helps you grow and learn to be a better writer.PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television? 
CB: Again, no, although I admire those who do. I have flirted with the idea a few times, but it’s a different kind of writing and I’m comfortable with the style and voice I’ve found with crime fiction.PDB: How much research goes into each book?
CB: I’m fortunate – but some would say, ‘unfortunate!’ – to work with violent offenders in the day job, so much of what could be researched is already in me noggin.  Having said that, for the novel I’m currently writing, I’ve read a couple of books suggested by my agent, plus researched quite a bit online. Usually, if anything needs clarifying as I write, I’ll do a quick Google search.  PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
CB: Hmm… There are so many options now that it can be a hindrance, especially when you’re battling to find time to actually write.  Distractions are my nemesis.  My school report said, “Very bright, but easily distracted”!  This has kinda followed me around.  I think social media can work if, a) you learn the rules of not being just, ‘ME, ME, ME,’ and, b) if it’s done in moderation. Question: how many truly successful authors interact for hours online every day…? Writers, WRITE! PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?  

CB: Finish the current novel.  See if it sells.  It’s been much trickier to write than the first one, which gleaned great responses from the big houses, but ultimately didn’t sell – dammit!  In the meantime, I’ll bring out another eBook or two. Plus, continue with those shorts that nag me enough to be written, and enter targeted comps, sub to anthologies, etc. 
And, hopefully, Man. City will win the Premier League! J
Cheers for the invite, Paul.
 
 
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