Short, Sharp Interview: J J Toner.

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PDB: Can you pitch FIND EMILY  in 25  words or less?

When the 11 year-old daughter of a high profile Dublin businesswoman is  abducted, DI Ben Jordan of the Irish police force must find her in 24 hours.
(24 words, I think)
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat  recently?
The incomparable Katherine Jenkins and Matt Dean’s flute music. The slow piece “The Coolin” knocks my socks  off.
There’s a lot of good stuff on TV at the moment.
I loved The Spiral, a gritty French police series.
I’ve been watching Boardwalk Empire, too, although I find it a bit hard to follow sometimes.
And we’ve been watching reruns of Boston Legal. Great fun!
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
Yes. A really good book will transport a writer beyond the craft, although books like that are rare.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or  television?
No. I write too slowly and the process of manufacturing a plot gives me the heeby-jeebies every time. If I had to write to a deadline I’d  be a nervous wreck.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?FIND EMILIY
Lots. My next novel is set in Berlin during WWII. It took about 2  years to write, mainly because I had to do so much research. Apart from reading  historical
background stuff, I read every novel I could find set in Germany  before and during the war.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you?
I spend about half of every day on Facebook or Twitter and I now have 2 blogs on the go, but I’m not convinced that it helps all that much. I enjoy the social interaction, though.
PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012/13?
I should be able to release the German  book early in 2013.
I’m working on the outline for a new novel and  a collection of short stories. I’m not sure if they could be  classified as Noir, although crime features in most of the  stories.