Short, Sharp Interview: Tony Black

the ringerPDB: Can you pitch your latest book in 25 words or less?

A nasty little revenge tragedy/heist novella set among the very low lifes of Glasgow called THE RINGER.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I’m becoming quite a fan of the Edinburgh outfit The Stagger Rats, they have a CD out called Scorpio Leisure, named after a knock-shop on Easter Rd – those crazy kids.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

A very bad one maybe.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

None at all. It was a hard enough schlep learning to write books.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

It varies enormously and depends on the story. Sometimes it’s all research, others none at all.

tonePDB; How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

I suppose the jury’s out on how useful it is, everybody seems to be shouting but nobody seems to be listening. I wouldn’t miss any of it if it disappeared tomorrow.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

A new Doug Michie novel called The Inglorious Dead; a new crime series character novel called Artefacts of the Dead and a non-crime novel called The Last Tiger. There might be the odd short here and there too.

Bio: Tony Black was described by Irvine Welsh as his “favourite British crime writer”. He is the author of 2 series’ of crime novels and also the recently published HIS FATHER’S SON, which Lisa Jewell called “soulful and stunningly written”. In 2014 he will release a Tasmanian-set novel called THE LAST TIGER. For more information, and the latest news visit his website at: or his blog: