Short, Sharp Interview: Richard Godwin

HitmanCover-01 (1)PDB: What’s going on now?

My thriller Confessions Of A Hit Man is out in paperback and as an E book in both English and Italian. It is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation.

It is available here in the US

And here in the UK

Also this year saw the publication of Meaningful Conversations. It is a Noir novel about a well-adjusted psychopath. Bertrand Mavers is a professional cellist who is resisting a control programme through the use of artistic paradigms, he is also abducting people and building a body at The Farm.

It is available here in the US

And here in the UK

PDB: How did you research this book?

For Confessions Of A Hit Man reading about espionage and surveillance and talking to people who work in the field.

Meaningful Conversations is an organic novel that grew out of my observations of contemporary society.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

If I had to choose one I would say One Lost Summer, since it would reach widest audience.

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

I find it hard to say.

No Country For Old Men.

Dickens Great Expectations or Dostoyevsky Crime And Punishment.

David Bowie Moonage Daydream or Tom Waits Rain Dogs

Morse.

cover of meaningful conversations finalPDB: Is location important to your writing?

It depends on the novel but usually it is.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

When I can get to them.

PDB: What’s next?

I have four to be published this year, a dystopian novella, the sequel to Apostle Rising, one of the several my agent is pitching now, and a hard core London crime novel that Down And Out Books are publishing at the end of the year.

Bio: Richard Godwin is the author of critically acclaimed novels Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations and Confessions Of A Hit Man.

He is also a published poet and a produced playwright. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child, published by Constable & Robinson, as well as the anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, published by Pulp Metal Fiction in February 2012.

Apostle Rising is a dark work of fiction exploring the blurred line between law and lawlessness and the motivations that lead men to kill. It digs into the scarred soul of a cop in the hunt for a killer who has stepped straight from a nightmare into the waking world. It is available here. It has sold foreign rights in Hungary, to Alexandra, translated as A Romlas Labirintusa; in Italy, to Lite Editions, translated as L’Apostolo; and in Slovenia, to be published in late 2014 by Artizan Press.

Mr. Glamour is about a world of wealthy, beautiful people who can buy anything, except safety from the killer in their midst.a0ea8-noircity It is about two scarred cops who are driven to acts of darkness by the investigation. As DCI Jackson Flare and DI Mandy Steele try to catch the killer they find themselves up against a wall of secrecy. And the killer is watching everyone. It is available here. It has sold foreign rights to Italy and France, to be translated early 2015 by MeMe.

One Lost Summer is a Noir story of fractured identity and ruined nostalgia. It is a psychological portrait of a man who blackmails his beautiful next door neighbour into playing a deadly game of identity. It is available here.

Noir City is about dangerous gigolo Paris Tongue, who seduces the wife of a Mafia boss and is hunted across Europe by hit men. It is available here .

It will be translated into Italian in 2015.

Meaningful Conversations is a Noir novel about a well-adjusted psychopath. Bertrand Mavers is a professional cellist who is resisting a control programme through the use of artistic paradigms, he is also abducting people and building a body at The Farm. It is available here.

Confessions Of A Hit Man is a high octane thriller with a plot that adds velocity like a well-oiled chicane. When ex-Royal Marine Jack becomes a paid assassin, work comes easily, especially when working for the Sicilian Mafia, until he gets drawn into a government plot selling enriched plutonium to a rogue Nation. It is available here. It is being simultaneously published in English and Italian October 2015.

Richard Godwin was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King’s College London, where he also lectured.

You can find out more about him at his website  www.richardgodwin.net , where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.

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