CB: At long last, my debut crime novel MY KIND OF JUSTICE has just been released by Caffeine Nights Publishing. So it’s signings, interviews (at all the best blogs!) and then back to the sequel, plus a few other bit ‘n’ bobs I’m working on.
PDB: How did you research this book?
CB: I’ve always read and written crime fiction, plus I know a lot of cops and have worked closely with violent offenders, so most of it was already with me I suppose.
PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?
CB: My two ebook collections, as (along with the ezines) they served to get my name out there in the big wide world, but the novel is a much more testing challenge, and did the rounds with an agent (as you know) and I gleaned lots of praise but no ‘cigar’. I rewrote it based on the feedback and then the man from Caffeine Nights Publishing ‘he say “Yes”,’ so with all the work involved, it has to be the novel.
PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?
CB: Film’s easy, The Shawshank Redemption. Book’s almost impossible, but I loved Stuart Neville’s The Twelve (aka The Ghosts of Belfast). Song is possibly Sweet Child O’ Mine by Gun ‘n’ Roses, but that changes dependant on mood. TV Programme’s Cracker or Luther.
PDB: Is location important to your writing?
CB: Absolutely. Manchester is a huge character in my fiction. The contrasts are distinctive: The old and the new, architecturally; the good and the bad people; the blue or red football-wise; the paradox of the historical (and present) rep for industry and hard-working folk, yet there are literally thousands of ‘dolites’ and ‘gobshites’! It’s a booming City, but like many others, there’s a dark underbelly that’s a crime writer’s dream.
PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?
CB: Daily just after release, then probably weekly.
PDB: What’s next?
The second DI Jack Striker novel and then a separate series featuring a female anti-hero. Plus, I’m doing a comedy book on and off, which provides respite from the crime. There will probably be another short story collection too. Thanks for having me, Paul.
Bio: Col Bury is the former Crime Editor of webzine Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers, for which he was voted ‘Online Fiction Editor of the Year’ in a 2010 readers’ poll. His fiction has featured in many anthologies, most notably, THE MAMMOTH BOOKS OF BEST BRITISH CRIME 9, 10 & 11. He is the author of two popular short stories collections, MANCHESTER 6 and THE COPS OF MANCHESTER, and his debut novel MY KIND OF JUSTICE has just been released via Caffeine Nights Publishing. Col lives with his wife and two children in Manchester, UK, where he reads a lot, enjoys action movies, shoots pool and watches his beloved Manchester City FC.
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