Short, Sharp Interview: Seth Lynch Can you pitch SALAZAR in 25 words or less?

English detective in Paris, Salazar, hired by the alluring Marie Poncelet to find a missing man, Gustave Mart. It’s a case he’ll wish he’d refused.

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

Music – Cate Le Bon. Loved her first album just started listening to the second.

TV – Breaking Bad (watched the whole lot over a couple of months). Not as good but enjoyable was Peaky Blinders.

Books – I’ve read a lot of good books this year. I finally got around to reading some Alan Guthrie, Two-Way Split and The Slammer. Both blew my socks off. Also George Saunders (Pastoralia and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil) I love his sense of humour. Currently I’m about half-way (or 61% according to my pedantic Kindle) through Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s been a fantastic read so far. The Cry by Helen Fitzgerald was a great read too, very Patricia Highsmith.

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

When I’ve been editing my work I become hypercritical of everything I read. I can’t switch off the nit-picking mode. Having said that I’ve been editing Salazar #2 and reading Gone Girl and I’m just enjoying the story. If it were a less good book I’d probably start picking it apart.

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

I’ve no inclination to write a script but I love the atmosphere in theatres and wouldn’t mind hanging out on a film set.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

It’s hard to call it research or split it up to each book. Probably 1 in 4 books I read will be related to Paris and/or the 1930s which equates to about 1 a month. On my desk I have a map of Paris from the mid-1920s (because they keep changing the street names) which I like to look at and take imaginary walks around.

SETHFor Salazar #2 I read a book of harrowing recollections from women who’d undergone backstreet abortions. I read about it, Salazar gets to witness it.

The research goes through the fiction/noir filter before it ends up on the page.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

Very. Social media creates an ongoing communication with other writers. I started reading George Saunders because Heath Lowrance recommended him on FB. There are plenty of other writers/books I’ve started reading after hearing of them on social media sites – including your good self. We also get to encourage each other.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

Salazar #2: A Dead American in Paris. I’ll be finishing this off early in the New Year. Then either get cracking with #3 or try something non-Salazar. Either way I’ll hope to get a good draft complete by the end of the year. I’d like 2014 to be the year I get an agent.

BIO:  My name is Seth Lynch. My novel Salazar is out now, published by a Manx based publishers: Nemesis Publishing. My WIP is Salazar 2. Get Salazar on Amazon UK or on Amazon USA.  I am a Vegan and live in Corsham, England with my partner and our two daughters, Araminta and Karuna. Formerly lived in Bristol, Zurich, and the Isle of Man.

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