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The Next Big Thing

November 13, 2012

This is an ongoing event with questions asked and answered by authors, with up to five authors nominated to take over the following Tuesday. Today it is my turn. You can find out more about me and my books by visiting my website where you can discover crime thriller titles written under my own name and historical and general fiction writing as William Gordon.

What is the working title of your book?

As the book is a “double-header” ie, two novellas in one, there are in fact twin titles, Snow Angel & False Witness.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

They were two short stories I wrote years ago, which I developed into novellas.

What genre does your book fall under?

Crime Fiction

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 

Snow Angel: When drug dealers start supplying North Yorkshire, they reckon without the intervention of fate, the weather and DI Mike Nash.

False Witness: Women can feel safe with the Woodland Strangler safely locked up in a North Yorkshire prison; but then he escapes.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s a question we’ve debated at home for some time. Among the current favourites are Max Beesley to pay Mike DI Nash, and Maxine Peake to play DS Mironova.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Two months or thereabouts.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I wouldn’t, although others have kindly compared them to the Frost series written by RD Wingfield.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My continuing love with mystifying readers, and, I’m pleased to say, the demand for more Mike Nash stories.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Finding character names is always difficult, especially after several books. This is my nineteenth, although many are still not in print, so I have to search for new names all the time. I have in the past used sportsmen, celebrities and other authors as a base, and by simply mixing up their Christian and surnames, produced new “people”. Thus a combination of Don Bradman and Len Hutton could produce a character called Don Hutton. If readers examine the names of the characters in Snow Angel they might be able to spot a theme linking those names to the publishing industry and book retail trade.

Next Tuesday you will have chance to find out more about another crime writer.

David Stuart Davies is a committee member of the Crime Writers’ Association, with responsibility for editing the monthly CWA newsletter Red Herrings. Apart from that, David knows more about Sherlock Holmes than Moriarty, Watson and Mrs Hudson put together. But why am I telling you all this? Read David’s post next Tuesday.

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