Crime author of the month interview with Linda Tweddie and Kate Mcgregor 

  

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.

OTHER NOVELS 

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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Vicky Dodds—single mother, commitment-phobe, Detective Sergeant—is adding Dundee, Scotland to the Tartan Noir map.
When a dog breeder in and around Dundee disappears, DS Dodds and her team are tasked with finding out who is behind the attacks.
But as the crimes escalate, and the attacker’s message becomes clearer, Vicky begins to question where her own sympathies lie.
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 If you are looking for a good read for your kindle that won’t break the bank and you like Scottish crime fiction then this is the novel for you 

The bus is stranded, stuck fast in a snowdrift. The driver is missing along with a young girl. A half naked woman is left behind, handcuffed and freezing on board. Who she is and where the girl has gone unravels into a web of sexual abuse, mental torture and deeply laid family rivalries, spanning from Istanbul to Glasgow. 

Newly appointed to the Major Crime and Terrorism Squad at Strathclyde Police, DI John J. Arbogast is tasked with tracking down a suspected paedophile as part of a national manhunt. Haunted by a failed case in the past he’s determined to find the girl before it’s too late. But as the case unravels to unveil an international sex trafficking ring it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. 
Secrets will surface. 

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3rd There has been a murder crime book of the year 2015 nominations 6 – 10

6. KILLER COUNTDOWN WENDY H JONES

  

Dead Women 
A Ruthless Killer 
A Detective with something to prove 
Newly promoted DI Shona McKenzie struggles to cope with her new job, the respect of her colleagues, and the need to solve the hardest case of her life. 
Will she succeed? 

7. A DARK SHADOW FALLS KATHERINE PATHAK

 
  

Never invite evil into your home… 

DCI Dani Bevan finds herself dragged into the disturbing case of Eric Fisher, a man accused of slaughtering his own family in a case of domestic homicide. But when a spate of violent burglaries breaks out in the area, whilst Fisher is on remand, Dani wonders if the man’s claims of innocence are as crazy as they first thought. 

The DCI quickly becomes caught up in a race against time to stop a terrifying serial killer, who appears to be one step ahead of Dani’s every move. 

8. THE EXIT HELEN FITZGERALD 

 

Some people love goodbyes…

23-year-old Catherine is mainly interested in Facebook and flirting, but she reluctantly takes a job at a local care home after her mother puts her foot down – and soon discovers that her new workplace contains many secrets.

One of the residents at the home, 82-year-old Rose, is convinced that something sinister is going on in Room 7 and that her own life is under threat. But Rose has dementia – so what does she actually know, and who would believe her anyway?
As Catherine starts investigating Rose’s allegations, terrible revelations surface about everyone involved. Can Catherine find out what’s really going on before it’s too late? 

9. DEVILS KNOCK DOUGLAS SKELTON
 

Davie McCall has darkness inside him. A darkness that haunts him, but also helps him do despicable things to those trying to cause him and his friends harm. When Dickie Himes is killed in a club owned by the Jarvis clan, it sparks a chain of events that Davie knows can only lead to widespread gang war on the streets of mid-’90s Glasgow. The police are falling over themselves to solve the crime, but when justice is so easily bought or corrupted, Davie needs to take matters into his own hands. Davie has to contend with the ghosts of those he has failed, a persistent Hollywood actor and a scruffy dog with no name. When he finds a target on his back, will Davie be able to suppress the darkness inside him and refuse to kill… Or will the devil’s knock be too tempting? 

10. SNARED ED JAMES

 

Vicky Dodds—single mother, commitment-phobe, Detective Sergeant—is adding Dundee, Scotland to the Tartan Noir map.

When a dog breeder in and around Dundee disappears, DS Dodds and her team are tasked with finding out who is behind the attacks.

But as the crimes escalate, and the attacker’s message becomes clearer, Vicky begins to question where her own sympathies lie.
From the acclaimed author of the Scott Cullen series, Snared is an unyielding police procedural that fearlessly examines the uncomfortable grey areas between right and wrong, and between “us” and “them.” 

Crime author of the month interview with Gordon Johnston 

 

  

1. How did you get started writing?

I’ve always written really, starting at an early age. From short stories and essays at school, through articles and music reviews for magazines and the web, then my own blog and finally novels. I’ve never been able to draw, pant or make music so words have given me an outlet for my creative side.

 2. What drew you to write a crime novel?

I read a lot of crime fiction of various types and began to think about what I liked and what I didn’t. The characters that appealed to me and those that I couldn’t relate to. The lead detectives that seemed realistic and those that were harder to believe in.

Eventually I realised that there were two main archetypes: the Sherlock Homes, cold logical thinker and the tough maverick cop who breaks all the rules but always gets his man in the end.

I wanted to create a very different type of hero. DI Adam Ralston is a normal guy who tries to do a difficult job as well as he possibly can. He sort of fell into becoming a police officer and was surprised to find that he was good at it. He struggles to balance his work and his family life. He doesn’t always get it right. But he is empathetic, intelligent and wants to make his city a better place.

I was also drawn to the idea of examining how ordinary people react when placed in extraordinary situations. All of my novels have strong characters other than Ralston and their stories are key parts of each book. I hope these characters are easy to relate to and that they add a lot to the novels.

 3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?

I get something from pretty much every book I read – good or bad! I would say my most direct influences are Mark Billinhgam whose character development is superb, Linda Fairstein whose novels showcase New York City with a wonderful sense of place and Jeffrey Deaver who writes the most complex and twisted plots of them all.

There are so many others whom I love to read including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Karin Slaughter, Alex Kava and some great Scottish authors like Caro Ramsay, Denise Mina and Stuart McBride.

 4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?

Yes, it took me several years to get published. I went through the usual process of sending sample chapters to agents and publishers and accumulated a lot of rejection letters. Self doubt eventually creeps in and you begin to wonder whether it will ever happen. But I kept going and finally secured a deal with Ringwood Publishing. I’m glad that my Glasgow novels are published by a local company, and they’ve been very good to me.

 5. There are many interesting characters in your Novels, do you have a particular favourite one?

Creating characters is probably my favourite part of writing. I try to write realistic and complex characters with good and bad sides (like we all have!), and not fall into the trap of having the heroes in the white hats and the villains in the black ones

As well as the obvious (DI Ralston) Frank Gallen from my first novel, Calling Cards, is a real favourite. He finds himself in the middle of a multiple murder investigation and plays a big role in working out the puzzle. He copes with a lot and he has his flaws, it’s fair to say, and he struggles to get through a very difficult time. Interestingly he’s the character that many readers seem to take to and I plan to bring him back in a future novel.

 6. What kind of research have you have to undertake for your Novels?

Pretty much all of the locations I use in my books are real, but they’re set in Glasgow so that makes the research fairly easy. I try to visit all of the key places and get a good feel for the area, although I do know a lot of them pretty well anyway.

There are many technical issues that come up around forensics when you write crime fiction, and I’ve had to do a lot of reading around things like DNA, stab wounds and blood spatter patterns. Anyone looking at a list of my Google searches would probably get very worried!

Cold Roses involves several police interviews with suspects and I got a lot of advice from a friend who is a criminal defence solicitor to make sure that everything is conducted as close to the way it would be in real life as possible.

 7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?

No, they are all fictional. But it’s difficult not to have elements or character traits of people you’ve known influence their development. Some characters have bits and pieces from several different people as well as a lot that’s totally invented.

 8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction Novels out there?

I like to think that I blend together a fast pace, believable characters and intriguing plots, mix in a sense of the wonderful city that Glasgow is and garnish it all with a dash of psychological horror! I hope my books are both entertaining and make readers think.

 9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?

Can I plead the fifth here?? There are probably some elements of me in the mix, to be honest. Frank Gallen is a music loving writer who has alcohol issues in his past, his brother Thomas is a political activist and Neil McCulloch (from the next in the series) lives in Shawlands and is a middle manager in a large UK wide organisation. Some or all of those may relate to me too!

 10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?

I’ve finished writing The Lion’s Den, which sees DI Ralston drawn into a series of murders arising from a brutal drugs war in the North of Glasgow. It also sees an IT manager trying to work out how his boss could be linked to the current drug gang ringleader, who is being challenged by an Eastern European gang. I’m now working on the fourth, as yet untitled, novel. This time Ralston hunts a serial killer preying on young women and operating in the East End of Glasgow. I’ve got a few nice plot twists running round my head at the moment …

 11. Out of all the Novels you have written do you have a favourite one that stands out to you?

Calling Cards was the first to be published, so will always be a favourite. But when I am immersed in the writing process the current one is always the one I like best.

 12. As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?

Keep writing. Keep practicing and trying new things out. Writing is a craft and so it requires practice and honing of the skills.

I would also recommend Writers’ Groups if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby. Writing can be a pretty lonely pursuit and it’s often difficult to get honest feedback on your work. Groups can offer support and encouragement as well as constructive criticism and sometimes new ideas or directions too. And the social element can be a lot of fun.

  

DI Adam Ralston is no stranger to the dark side of human nature, but when a young art gallery worker is discovered in her South Side flat, brutally raped, her throat slit, and a single red rose laid upon her corpse, he is thrown into a bloody maelstrom of violence and suspicion unlike anything he has known before. 

Haunted by the death of a prison officer on a previous case, Ralston must also battle his own personal demons and hold his family together as tries to track down the killer – a killer who leaves no clues, who grows bolder with each killing, and who seems to be able to strike at will. 

Time is running out. And the body count is rising.

  

An anonymous email leads West End Journalist Frank Gallen on a quest to unravel the links between a campaign against a housing development proposal in Kelvingrove Park; personal and political corruption at the highest level in Glasgow City Council; and the increasingly frenzied activities of a Glasgow serial killer. 
Gallen and DI Adam Ralston engage in a desperate chase to identify the serial killer from the clues he is sending them, in time to stop him from implementing the climax of his campaign of killing.”

Web sites:

Ringwood Publishing: http://ringwoodpublishing.com/

Blog: https://gordonjohnston.wordpress.com/
 Amazon Author Page

Amazon author’s page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gordon-Johnston/e/B00QDZ4Q4W/

 

Photons from the launch of Cold shot by Steve Christie 

On Friday 26th June 2015, Steve Christie launched his new book Cold shot at THE SOUTHSIDER PUB in Edinburgh, photos provided by Steve Christie

   
 

   
 

   

   

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 After his editor is murdered in front of him, crime reporter Doug McGregor’s world falls apart. As prime witness, he’s not allowed to investigate the case, and he’s left only with questions and a bloody memory seared in his mind. On top of that, Doug’s ‘friendship’ with his police contact, DS Susie Drummond, is in a weird place right now. So he leaps at the chance to take some time out with an old friend on the Isle of Skye. But when another savage killing occurs, Doug realises that the murders may be linked, and that going to Skye was the best and worst move possible. He’s in the eye of the Storm – and this one could engulf them all.

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Cold Roses Gordon Johnston

There is a monster walking the streets of Glasgow.
DI Adam Ralston is no stranger to the dark side of human nature, but when a young art gallery worker is discovered in her South Side flat, brutally raped, her throat slit, and a single red rose laid upon her corpse, he is thrown into a bloody maelstrom of violence and suspicion unlike anything he has known before.
Haunted by the death of a prison officer on a previous case, Ralston must also battle his own personal demons and hold his family together as tries to track down the killer – a killer who leaves no clues, who grows bolder with each killing, and who seems to be able to strike at will.
Time is running out. And the body count is rising.

Gordon Johnston lived in Glasgow for over 25 years before moving to the countryside of Clackmannanshire. He has had a successful career in the public and voluntary sectors in jobs that have included urban regeneration, managing European and National Lottery funding and IT project management. He is currently Editor Scotland for the UK music website and e-zine Glasswerk and a Director of a number of Scottish charities in the mental health field. He is an active member (and former Organiser) of Glasgow Writers’ Meetup Group.
 

Category: FICTION

Publication: June 2015

Price: £9.99

ISBN: 978-1-901514-23-0 

Size: 198mmx128mmx30mm 

Binding: Paperback

Length: 250 page

 

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