Category Archives: Interviews

I’m Interviewed at We Are Cult

CULTBANNER200DPIOver at We Are Cult, James Gent interviews me about Brit Grit and more:

‘Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was born in Hartlepool in 1962, which was the same year the first Beatles single and the first Bond film were released. It’s no coincidence, I’m sure.

My first job was on a government scheme updating ordinance survey maps. It wasn’t as glamourous as it sounds.

I’ve worked in a second-hand record shop, a toy shop and as a welfare rights worker. I’ve been TEFL teaching in Poland for more than a decade and have yet to be deported.

What is your creative background?

I don’t think I have one. I played bass in a couple of bands in the early ‘80s but then, didn’t everyone? I did a screenwriting course in the ‘90s and wrote a screenplay. I sent it to ‘a well-known film production company’ but they never got back to me. It was the only copy I had of the bloody thing but I never bothered to ask for it back.’

Read the rest HERE.

I’m Interviewed By Richard Godwin

I recently had a Chin Wag at Richard Godwin’s Slaughterhouse. 

Paul Brazill is the master of Brit grit and hardboiled. His stories and novels ring like a chime out of a gangster flick, one with heavy overtones of London. He is adept at using contemporary culture to highlight and augment the inherent drama in his fictions, which are peopled with low lifes and hustlers. Paul met me at The Slaughterhouse, where we talked about Brit Grit and his new work.  

What are you writing right now?

‘The Days of Danny Spencer’. It’s the story of a disgraced ex-copper trying to put his life back together. It’s a London-set urban western, after a fashion

If you were to write a Carry On what would it be titled, and who among present actors would you cast in the lead roles?

It would be Carry On Expendables

Sly Stallone could do the Sid James parts, Jean-Claude Van Damme would be a great Kenneth Williams, soppy old Ryan Gosling would be Jim Dale and Arnie could be the new Babs Windsor, for obvious reasons.

Is Brit Grit on the rise and does it lack the sentimental addiction to resolution that classifies much crime writing, particularly that churned out by the industry?

Brit Grit is bedraggled and unkempt and there’s a lot of it about! Martin Stanley, Robert Cowan, Tom Liens, Aidan Thorn and Paul Heatley, for example, all write books that are away from the mainstream and aren’t interested in tidying things up.

What else is on the cards for you this year

Fahrenheit 13 will be rebooting my seaside noir Kill Me Quick! And I have another seaside noir coming out later this year from All Due Respect/ Down and Out Books. It’s called Last Year’s Man. It’s like Takeshi Kitano mixed with Alan Bennett.

Thank you Paul for a classic interview.’

I’m Interviewed at Tripwire Magazine

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TRIPWIRE – THE GENRE MAGAZINE  has articles on films, TV series, comics, and much more. It also has interviews with the likes of artist JEREMY MANN and writer/ director ALEX GARLAND.

And I’m very pleased to say that editor-in-chief  JOEL MEADOWS recently interviewed me.

‘TW: London has been a very rich place for crime fiction going back to Victorian and Edwardian times. What is it about the city that continues to bewitch and obsess crime writers and yourself in particular?

PDB: Arthur Conan Doyle said that London was ‘that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.’ That seems about right. London is a hodge-podge of people, a mish-mash of askew characters, and they all have stories.’

Read the rest HERE.

I’m Interviewed at Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta WBThis week I was interviewed by the journalist Adam Pakiela for the Polish newspaper’s Magazyn Bydgoszczi.

The online version of the interview is up now, and includes some great photographs from Lukaszcz Antczak.

It’s in Polish and it’s here.  

 

I’m Interviewed By Fiona McVie.

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Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

I’m Paul D. Brazill and I’ve shockingly made it to 55.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I was born in Hartlepool, England and live in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

.Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Well, 3 of my novellas are now only 99p. They are: Too Many Crooks, Big City Blues, and A Case Of Noir. They are all published by Near To The Knuckle. I have a short story collection coming out in the next few weeks. It’s called Small Time Crimes.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Apart from a rubbish screenplay in the ‘90s, I started writing in 2008 when I discovered flash fiction.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Only when someone tells me I am one.

READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW HERE.

Updates! An Interview, A Review, and Tony Hancock

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Too Many Crooks

Over at SOLARCIDE I’m interviewed by NATHAN PETTIGREW and talk about TOO MANY CROOKS, London, boozing and more.

Pubs and alcohol are main characters in your work. When an idea for a story comes to you, does it already start in that setting? Are your characters already there having drinks when they are first conceived?

Ah. Well, as someone who has spent far too much of his life in pubs it seems a natural setting. It’s not a great stretch. Also, when people go to pubs they usually talk- or they did before WiFi Hotspots- and they usually talk rubbish, which can be pretty funny. I like to think I write absurdist fiction and most people in pubs are absurd or say something absurd at some part of the night.

Read the rest here.

TOM LIENS has a new feature at his blog where writers talk about their influences.  I plump for TONY HANCOCK. hancock460.jpg

Tony Hancock – the easiest comedian for charades – and I share the same birthday, May 12th. Whether or not we share the same death day remains to be seen, of course, and let’s just hope we can put that little fact-finding mission on hold for a while, eh?

Read the rest here.

And Tom also gives TOO MANY CROOKS  a tidy review.

If you can imagine a Guy Ritchie film re-cast with Carry On actors, you will come close to understanding this book’s offbeat charm!

Read the rest here.