Short, Sharp Interview: Javier Márquez Sánchez

lethal-as-a-charlie-parker-solo (2)PDB: Can you pitch Lethal as a Charlie Parker Solo in 25 words or less?

JMS: Sin City, Hollywood stars, the Mafia. A dramatic event. A conspiracy to hide it. In the middle of it all, Eddie Bennett, a ‘problem solver’.

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


Music – The last Guy Clark album, My Favourite Picture of You.

Books – Blake Bailey’s Cheever: A Life (a John Cheever biography).

Television – True Detective.

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

JMS: Sure! I love reading. It’s a pleasure for me. If you got a good book in your hands, you just enjoy it, and don’t work on it. At least that’s the way I do it.

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

JMS: I wrote the script for several documentaries some years ago and I would like to write for films. I have some ideas in my mind.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

JMS: That’s one of the best moments. I love to investigate every detail of the story, documenting the time, politics, cars, fashion, weapons, drinks… Everything! I think the more real the details of a story are, the more real the story will seem.

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

JMS: I think they are important because they provide a great opportunity to get in touch with readers and other writers. In addition, meeting new people is always interesting. Who knows what we can discover or learn thanks to these new friends.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?Javier_Marquez_02 (1)

JMS: A new novel I’ve just finished. This time we go from Las Vegas to Mexico, to the border. I’m also working on two new stories; an international political thriller and a noir story from my hometown, Seville.

Bio: Javier Márquez Sánchez (born in Seville, Spain in 1978) is Editor in Chief of the Spanish edition of Forbes. He has been Editor in Chief of the Spanish edition of Esquire Magazine and Deputy Director of Cambio16, and has written several novels, short stories collections and non-fiction books on film and music. Sometimes he plays music with his two bands, Rock & Books and The Last Drink.

Lethal as a Charlie Parker Solo, out now from 280 Steps, is his first novel being translated into English.


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