I thought it was time I rounded up my interviews with crime writers (and reviewers), partly for ease of access, partly in preparation for the next batch (see below).
I became a bit bored with some of the bestselling authors and the production of too much “same old”. I scouted around for new authors to read and found some great talents in both the midlist and the debut camps Rhian Davies on the joy of new books
A great story is what every novel needs, the sort with twists and turns that make readers’ hair stand on end, stories with intriguing beginnings and surprising endings. If I feel an author cares less about story than about making a socio-political point, I’m afraid my first reaction is ‘Please bog off with your worthy agenda’ Sophie Hannah tells it like it is
TV has a visceral immediacy and the ability to mix the visual, the auditory and the dramatic in a way that can root you to the spot. Books are more subtle it seems to me, and ultimately more memorable David Hewson on novelising The Killing
I do enjoy putting Charlie in tricky situations. Someone once described it as putting your character up a tree and throwing rocks at them, and that’s what I do. I love to play with preconceptions Zoë Sharp shoots from the hip
Mist and cobbles. It’s surprisingly tempting to throw them into scenes set in the past Chris Wakling warns of the perils for historical novelists
I thought I’d learnt most of the key points of surveillance – it was raining and without thinking I turned up in a bright red mac. My training officer was not impressed Jenny Williams on the difference between fictional cops and the real thing
Future interviews include Neil Cross (Luther creator), Emlyn Rees (author and editor of Exhibit A), Katy Wild (editorial director of Titan Books) and Richard Fee (series editor, Scott and Bailey, Exiles, Hit and Miss). Watch this space...