Short, Sharp Interview: Michael Young

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

Of Blondes and Bullets is the first novella from Number Thirteen Press. An innocent man saves a life and is pulled into a violent criminal underworld. Everyman-noir with a Brit-Grit twist and a dark heart. Like David Goodis on holiday in Dorset.

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

Well, most nights it’s just me, Tom Waits and the bottle. Sometimes there isn’t even a bottle.

Still, True Detective was pretty bloody good, eh?

Films: Blue Ruin, Walk Among the Tombstones, Only God Forgives, and The Rover was absolutely brilliant – like Mad Max meets Point Blank.

Best film recently? Under the Skin. Best music I’ve recently discovered?  Pop. 1280, if only for being named after a Jim Thompson novel. Which is also who I’ve been reading, along with JG Ballard and Elmore Leonard.

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

It can be hard when I’m between projects, especially reading things that are similar to but not exactly what I would write. Sometimes I just have to get back to pure genius that cannot be questioned. You know, Kafka, Doestoevsky, Philip K Dick, people like that.

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

Nope, not at all. I think it’s a very different skill set to writing prose.

Film would be interesting but it just looks too damn technical. I’d like someone else to make my books into films, and give me money.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Not a lot, to be honest. Apart from life and shit. There’s a lot of life and shit, reconstructed from unreliable memories. The rest gets made up as I go along.

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

I think they’re hugely important for writers these days, especially in genre fiction and e-publishing. But I just don’t. I’d like to say I let my writing do the talking, but actually I just can’t be arsed.

I did sign up for Goodreads. Are they still going?

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

I’ve got a psycho-noir novel set back in Hong Kong that just needs a good work over and an edit. Maybe I’ll self-publish again, we’ll see. A few other projects. And, nearly 3 years later, it’s probably time I pulled that Harry Vee sequel out of somewhere before the people asking for it go away.

number 13 pressBio:Michael Young is a miserable bastard. He drinks scotch, smokes cigarillos, and wears a lot of black. He is also the author of two hardboiled novels – The Sky Might Fall and All Blood is Red. Both are set in the dizzy slums of Hong Kong and both are available on Kindle. Of Blondes and Bullets is the first release from Number Thirteen Press and is available on all e-formats and POD paperback from the 13th of November, 2014. Michael very rarely blogs on http://harry-vee-pi.blogspot.co.uk/.

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