PDB: Can you pitch your latest book in 25 words or less?
JASON: 22 shorts, novelettes, and a novella, featuring violence, rotten goings-on, smart-arses, dumbos, and a dodgy inn-keeper, all with dirty hands and stress-addled minds.
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows do you wish you had written?
JASON: I wish I’d written Ellroy’s American Tabloid, Iain Banks’ The Crow Road, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars, and Ray Banks’ Matador. I’d beam with pride if I’d come up with Faith No More’s Angel Dust, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Radiohead’s The Bends, and Super Furry Animals’ Fuzzy Logic. I’m sure there’s been good music since.
PDB: Which books do you think would make great films or TV series?
JASON: Ray Banks’ Matador would make a brilliant film. I think I’d sweat and squirm as much as I did watching Breaking Bad. Ryan Bracha’s After Call Work: Verbal Warning would make a great Happy Valley-style TV series.
PDB: Who are the great British writers?
JASON: Charles Dickens, Graham Greene, Iain Banks – but I’m struggling here because I read far more American authors than Brits.
PDB: What’s the ex-pat life like for you?
JASON: I love it in the United States. There’s nothing like being able to go for a wander round New York or Philadelphia whenever you fancy it, though I wish they had better boozers outside of the big cities. The idea of jolly Americans and cynical Brits doesn’t ring true, though. There are a lot of very cynical people over here, and it seems a lot stronger than back home. However, they’ll invite you into their homes at the drop of a hat. We met a couple in Vermont once who we hit it off with. Ended up in the shed in their back garden that very night, which they’d converted into a bar. Had a great time. Just don’t bring up politics.
PDB: What’s on the cards?
JASON: I’m working on the next novel, City of Dens, which I hope to have ready by next summer.
PDB: Anything else?
JASON: I’ve recently released my novel, Moorlands, which spiked and sold a ton in the last few weeks, and I’m hoping Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 2 gets a few more readers.
I’ve just read Ed Chatterton’s Remission, which is great. I’m looking forward to The German Messenger by David Malcolm and Chastity Flame by K.A. Laity.
Bio: Jason Beech grew up around the flattened bricks of post-industrial Sheffield in the UK. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter. His novel, Moorlands, and the Bullets collections are available on Amazon now.