Short, Sharp Interview: Alex Shaw

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PDB: What’s going on?

I’m sitting in Doha, and crossing my fingers in preparation for the release of the HQ Digital/HarperCollins editions of my Aidan Snow thrillers – Cold Blood, Cold East and Cold Black. They’re out in ebook on the 14th of September and then the paperback release dates are staged by a month from the 20th of September.

PDB: Do you listen to music when you work?

I’m not really a music person. If I’m not writing on location, I prefer quiet when I work, or BBC World News.

PDB: What makes you laugh?

Anyone who takes themselves too seriously. Someone said I should do ‘stand-up’, but I’m too lazy so it would have to be ‘sit-down’.

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

Carry on drinking, failing that stick your head in a snowdrift, failing that take two sachets of Dioralyte with a large glass of water and a pair of ibuprofen tablets before you go to bed, then repeat in the morning. Add whisky where appropriate.

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

I’ve lived in the UK, Kyiv and Doha but I’d love to live in Barbados.

PDB: Do you have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?40371397_1126584314164622_8511433859823304704_n

Travel more, get fit, and get cast as either Jack Reacher or James Bond, oh and buy a bucket.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

As well as promoting my Aidan Snow series, I’ve two new thrillers finished and am writing the sequels to both.

PDB: Anything else

I’m editing and publishing the third Death Toll anthology – ‘End Game’, which will be out in December. And you’re in it.

41356478_1700674410044410_3583505044294598656_nBio:  Alex Shaw spent the late 1990s in Kyiv, teaching and running his own business consultancy before being head-hunted for a division of Siemens. The next few years saw him doing business for the company across the former USSR, the Middle East, and Africa. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers organisation, the Crime Writers Association and the author of the Aidan Snow SAS thrillers. Alex, his wife and their two sons divide their time between homes in Kyiv – Ukraine, Doha – Qatar and Worthing, England. Alex can be followed on twitter: @alexshawhetman

Alex’s Aidan Snow series can be found in most good bookshops, some odd ones and here.