PDB: Can you pitch OLD GOLD in 25 words or less?
Social pulp fiction, a mystery novel for the credit crunch era, featuring a Romani detective working for the wrong side of the law in Wolverhampton.
PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
I’ve recently caught up on BREAKING BAD. It’s a great show, carried by two compelling lead actors and dome great writing. At the same time, there’s something about the show that I’m uneasy about, and I won’t know for sure until they’ve completed the story; it feels like there is a firm moral hand guiding the show, sitting in judgement of the characters. There is very much a set idea of right and wrong, and it seems that the writers want to show ‘wrong’ getting punished. We’ll see, maybe I’m wrong.
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
Good question. I find it very difficult. I think everyone likes to play “what if,” when they’re watching a film or reading a book. We like to talk about how else the story could be told, or how problems could be fixed. I think as a writer that can be worse, because we live in that part of our brains, constantly writing and re-writing.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
All three -and comic books- but I need to have story and character first. I was a film student for a while in my early twenties, and a lot of my early writing was in script form. I think of all the ones you mentioned, the idea of writing for theatre is the one that intimidates me the most, so that’ll be fun to try.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?
PDB: How useful or important is social media for you as a writer?
PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?