1. How did you get started writing?
They say there’s a book in everyone and as ex- landladies who came across people from every walk of life that was certainly the case. On a daily basis we would be told by some wag we should write a book and our reply was always the same. If we did you wouldn’t believe it. Having been friends for more years than we would care to remember and having worked together for some time, it was a natural progression for us to write together.
Our first venture was “Life Behind Bars (Confessions of a Pub Landlady)” which came to life after an evening’s reminiscing. And for which we were finalists in the People’s Book Prize 2012. This book was followed by “Life on the Outside (The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum)” and lastly “Life in the Fat Lane (Chocolate after Midnight doesn’t count)”.
2. What drew you to write a thriller novel?
Having exhausted our comedic escapades and enjoying the writing process, it was time to try something new. Being avid fans of “Grit Lit”, the Martina Cole type novel, we came across many shady and wayward characters over the years. Some who continuously walked on the wrong side of the law? This gave us a veritable cauldron of stories to tell.
3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
As we have said, the ‘gritlit’ genre is a favourite of both of us and writers such as Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jesse Keane are without a doubt great story tellers.
4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
We were exceptionally lucky in that we caught the eye of our publisher, Claire Cain from Fledgling Press, early on in the Submission Process. Our first project was a Cook Book with the racy title of “Porn for Calorie Counters”, which she found extremely amusing. Unfortunately this was before the time of E.L. James and none of the search engines would allow ‘Porn’ in the title.
5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?
As the stories unfold and the characters grow, we hope each has their moment in the sun.
6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novel?
Apart from ensuring that facts and locations are correct, we are story tellers and that gives us a certain amount of licence. However, we read, read and read even more; court reports, true life gangster biographies and the like.
7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
Yes and no and for fear of being shot can’t be more specific. Ironically we have found the more despicable the character; the more people will claim it to have been based on them.
8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other thriller Fiction Novels out there?
We would say that really that’s for our readers to answer. However, we have been given very positive feedback and it would seem that we are being likened to many of the established writers, which is a massive compliment.
9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?
So far neither of us has displayed a certifiable desire to commit murder…YET! However, we both have a very droll sense of humour which we hope comes through from time to time.
10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned.
The Betrayal, which is the second in this trilogy, will be available from the 1st September. We are currently working on Danube Street, based on the tale of Edinburgh’s most famous Madam. The final in the Trilogy will be published later this year and is still to be named.
11. What was your favourite scene to write in The Silencer and why?
The drama and humour in the chapter where Paddy carries out his first job for Mikey Kelly is a real baptism of fire and even still we laugh out loud at the plot.
12. As up and coming thriller writers do you have words of advice you can share?
Writing must be enjoyable, not a chore. Our ethos is, if it ain’t fun, we ain’t doing it.
The Silence is a gritty novel set in Glasgow at the time of the Ice Cream Wars in the 1980s. A bloody raid on a family celebration leaves Paddy Coyle’s only daughter so traumatised she loses the power of speech. Blaming his sworn enemies, the McClellands, Coyle seeks to destroy the family in revenge for his daughter. The McLellands have no alternative but to flee the country and adopt new identities. Almost penniless desperate to support his family, Pete Mack, together with the help of his old friend and mentor, Canon O’Farrell, soon establishes a lucrative but vile trade in human trafficking. A holiday romance between Erin Coyle and Bobby, the son of her father’s enemy, sets off a chain of events which no one could have predicted. Kidnapping, drug smuggling and murder ensue in this fast-paced novel.
The next in the series The Betrayal will be out next month.
Life Behind Bars – Confessions of a pub landlady
Life on the Outside – The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum
Life in the Fat Lane – Chocolate after midnight doesn’t count
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