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.
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.