Short, Sharp Interview: Gary M. Dobbs

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PDB: What’s going on?

 

I’m pretty much working flat out – the day job, writing and now trying to push my wartime crime thriller, Down Among The Dead. There are some brilliant authors out there with wonderful books and each writer has to compete, try to shout louder to get their work noticed in the crowded, though vibrant marketplace.

 

PDB: Do you listen to music when you work?

 

Strangely NO – strange because music is a huge part of my life, I have thousands of CD’s and have over recent years began collecting Vinyl again, but when I’m writing I need the good old sound of silence….and I don’t mean the Simon and Garfunkel track.

 

PDB: What makes you laugh?

 

Sometimes the blackest things. I have a very dark sense of humour, which I think is interesting because I feel that people with a well developed black funny bone can cope with the absurdities of life far better than those without. I’m especially attuned to bad taste memes on Facebook and Twitter.

 

PDB: What’s the best cure for a hangover?

 

Don’t sober up in the first place.

 

PDB: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

 

Somewhere in the wilderness where all I could see out of my windows was miles and miles of undeveloped nature. I’d be happy somewhere like that.

 

PDB: Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

 

Does sleeping with Cameron Diaz count? Or are we both too long in the tooth now?

 

PDB: What’s on the cards?

 

I’ve got a study of the home front during World War II coming out from Pen and Sword later this year, I’m working on a new western for Crowood Books, and I’m trying to reach an audience with my first Chief Inspector Frank Parade mystery – that’s Down Among The Dead…I’m very proud of that book.

 

PDB: Anything else?

Isn’t that enough?

29634876_10155479695552883_1368181523_oBio:  As Jack Martin I am responsible for a string of successful westerns published first by Robert Hale Ltd and now by Crowood Press. I have also written non fiction such as my two books on the Home front during the first and second world wars, and Dark Valleys which looks at historical crimes that occurred in the South Wales Valleys. My crime series featuring Granny Smith is doing really well in the digital format, and now with Down Among the Dead I have entered the world of more mainstream crime novels with this the first in a proposed series of crime novels set during the Second World War. I used to act and have appeared in Doctor Who and several movies but the realization that I wan’t hot enough to be a screen heartthrob made me quite the so called world of glitz and glamour – bloody hard work it was.