Scottish crime fiction in the Christmas kindle sale

If you are looking for a good read for your kindle that won’t break the bank this Christmas, and you like Scottish crime fiction then these are the novels for you

The Balmoral Incident
Alanna Knight
£1.39

Rose McQuinn is invited to stay with her friend Olive who has a small cottage on the Balmoral Estate. As Rose travels on the train with her trusty dog Vane and her niece Mabel, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. Little does she realise that within just 48 hours of their arrival, death will have visited the great castle …Can Rose find out what happened and prevent any more bloodshed?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Balmoral-Incident-Alanna-Knight-ebook/dp/product-description/B00N01TN2W/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=341677031&s=digital-text

A Small Weeping (DCI Lorimer Book 2)
Alex Gray
99p

When a murdered prostitute is found in a Glasgow train station, DCI Lorimer is perplexed by the ritualistic arrangement of her body. It isn’t long before there is another murder and he realises there’s no time to waste if he is to stop Glasgow’s latest serial killer. A taut, suspense-filled thriller, A Small Weeping takes the reader on a gripping journey from the inner city to the wilds of the Scottish Isles, and far into the darkest depths of human nature.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Small-Weeping-DCI-Lorimer-Book-ebook/dp/B006WB2DV0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419695000&sr=1-1

The Last Refuge
Craig Robertson
£1.49

You can run from your past but you can never hide from yourself…
When John Callum arrives on the wild and desolate Faroe Islands, he vows to sever all ties with his previous life. He desperately wants to make a new start, and is surprised by how quickly he is welcomed into the close-knit community. But still, the terrifying, debilitating nightmares just won’t stop.
Then the solitude is shattered by an almost unheard of crime on the islands: murder. A specialist team of detectives arrives from Denmark to help the local police, who seem completely ill-equipped for an investigation of this scale. But as tensions rise, and the community closes rank to protect its own, John has to watch his back.
But far more disquieting than that, John’s nightmares have taken an even more disturbing turn, and he can’t be certain about the one thing he needs to know above all else. Whether he is the killer…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Refuge-Craig-Robertson-ebook/dp/B00EA8YW52/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419695127&sr=1-1

The Good Priest: A Father Vincent Ross Mystery: Book 1
Gillian Galbraith
£1.09

In the house of a Roman Catholic bishop a man lies in a pool of blood. Out in the bishop’s diocese the quiet life of parish priest Father Vincent Ross is about to be thrown into turmoil by a terrifying revelation. There are ugly scandals being hidden by the church he has served for so long, and a murderer is on the prowl. The police and the authorities are groping in the dark, but Father Ross has been given special information that he cannot disclose to anyone. It gradually dawns on him that he and he alone can unravel the mystery and bring the nightmare of violence to an end. He must put his personal safety, his reputation and finally his life on the line.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Priest-Father-Vincent-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00IC93UT4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419695293&sr=1-1

Troubled Waters: An Alice Rice Mystery: Book 6
Gillian Galbraith
£1.09

A young disabled girl is lost on a winter’s night in Leith, unable to help herself or find her way home. Someone is combing the streets, frantically searching for her. Within hours of her disappearance, a body is washed up on Beamer Rock, a tiny island in the Forth being used as part of the foundations for the new Queensferry bridge. No sooner has Detective Inspector Alice Rice discovered the identity of that body than another one is washed up on the edge of the estuary, in Belhaven Bay. What is the connection between the two bodies? Is another victim in the killer’s sight and if so, can Alice solve the puzzle before another life is taken? In this novel, the sixth in the Alice Rice Mystery series, appearances belie reality, and truths and falsehoods become indistinguishable.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Troubled-Waters-Alice-Rice-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00O3B39C8/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0HH16MXTYCPTSPZKTB0Yi

Blood City (Davie McCall)
Douglas Skelton
99p

Glasgow’s mean streets just got meaner.
Can Davie McCall survive?

Meet Davie McCall.
Beaten, bloody… brutal.

Irrevocably damaged by the barbaric regime of an abusive father, and haunted by memories of his mother’s murder, there is a darkness inside him.

Enter Joe the Tailor. A sophisticated crimelord with morals, he might be the only man in the city Davie can trust. But then the bodies begin to mount…

In 1980s Glasgow, the criminal underworld is about to splinter. Battle lines are drawn, and the gap between friend and enemy blurs as criminals and police alike are caught in a net of lies, murder and revenge that will change the city forever.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Davie-McCall-Douglas-Skelton-ebook/dp/B00EN8OT8O/ref=zg_bs_3746215031_16

Crow Bait (Davie McCall 2)
Douglas Skelton
99p

They’ll all be crow bait by the time I’m finished…

Jail was hell for Davie McCall. Ten years down the line, freedom’s no picnic either. It’s 1990, there are new kings in the West of Scotland underworld, and Glasgow is awash with drugs.

Davie can handle himself. What he can’t handle is the memory of his mother’s death at the hand of his sadistic father. Or the darkness his father implanted deep in his own psyche. Or the nightmares…

Now his father is back in town and after blood, ready to waste anyone who stops him hacking out a piece of the action. There are people in his way.

And Davie is one of them.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crow-Bait-Davie-McCall-2-ebook/dp/B00L0M4CG0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419703763&sr=1-2&keywords=Blood+city

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Stuart MacBride kindle sale at Christmas time

Scottish Crime Fans you are in for a treat this Christmas Time as 4 Stuart MacBride books are in the kindle Sale, so I recommended that you get yourself down to Amazon and check them out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed

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It can be grim in Aberdeen. But now it’s sheer, bloody murder.

Aberdeen, oil capital of Europe … Christmas is coming, cold, dark and wet, bringing death with it.

It’s DS Logan McRae’s first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn’t get much worse. Four-year-old David Reid’s body is discovered in a ditch, strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he’s only the first. There’s a killer stalking the Granite City and the local media are baying for blood.

If that wasn’t enough, Logan also has to contend with a new boss, DI Insch, who doesn’t suffer fools gladly and thinks everyone’s a fool, and his own ex-girlfriend, the beautiful but chilly Isobel MacAlister, who also happens to be the chief pathologist. The only good news is WPC ‘Ball Breaker’ Watson, Logan’s new guardian angel.

The dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die. If Logan isn’t careful, he’s going to end up joining them.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-Granite-Logan-McRae-Book-ebook/dp/B002RI9ZZO/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419691480&sr=1-4&keywords=stuart+macbride

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A heart-stopping crime thriller and the fourth consecutive No. 1 Bestseller from the author of the Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead.

He’s back…

Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man’ murdered four women and left three more in critical condition – all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside.

And then the killer just … disappeared.

Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle’s most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison.

Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom.

At revenge

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Song-Dying-Stuart-MacBride-ebook/dp/B00E31A2XW/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419691480&sr=1-3&keywords=stuart+macbride

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The first body is chained to a stake: strangled, and stabbed, with a burning tyre around its neck. But is this a gangland execution or something much darker?

Someone’s leaving little knots of bones outside Detective Inspector Logan McRae’s house, but he’s got more pressing things to worry about. Rival drug gangs are fighting over product and territory; two teenage lovers are missing; someone’s crippling Asian immigrants; and Logan’s been lumbered with an ambitious new Detective Sergeant, a mountain of paperwork, and the unwelcome attention of his superiors and the local crime boss.

When another body turns up, it looks as if the similarities between these murders and the plot of a bestselling novel are more than just a coincidence. And perhaps those little knots of bones are more important than they look…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Close-Bone-Logan-McRae-Book-ebook/dp/B00BVT56US/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419691480&sr=1-6&keywords=stuart+macbride


£1.49

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The Number One bestselling crime thriller from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. A bloody, brilliant and brutal story of murder, kidnap and revenge.

Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret…

Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front – Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last.

The tabloids call him ‘The Birthday Boy’. He’s been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death.

But Ash hasn’t told anyone about Rebecca’s birthday cards – they all think she’s just run away from home – because if anyone finds out, he’ll be taken off the investigation. And he’s sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter’s killer gets what he deserves…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birthdays-Dead-Stuart-MacBride-ebook/dp/B005OECQ68/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1419691480&sr=1-7&keywords=stuart+macbride

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stuart-MacBride/e/B0045AAF7E/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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If you are looking for a good read for your kindle that won’t break the bank this Christmas, and you like Scottish crime fiction then this is the novel for you

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A lost, wandering and damaged man finds himself drafted back into the world he thought he had escaped, when the local branch of a powerful, international Agency needs a mysterious job done in the remote Highlands of Scotland.
The new companion who leads him out of disaffected early retirement is a seductive, young, novice female agent, but could there really be far more to her than there at first seems?
They find themselves in a world of natural beauty, mountain and beach, which they will only contaminate with extraordinary rendition, abduction, bloodshed and torture.
The modern bureaucratic world of paperwork and subcontracting will mean that no-one actually knows which government or country is behind the operation, but one man will soon remember why he left Agency work like this and why he hates it so much, even though it may really be love that has dragged him back into it all.

To buy this kindle book for yourself go to the Amazon Page

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December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Bill Daly

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1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve been writing in some form or other most of my life. My first love was humour and I’ve had a lot of light-hearted articles published in various newspapers and magazines over the years, but it’s only comparatively recently that I started writing novels.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?
In fact, I didn’t start off with crime. The first book I wrote was called The Pheasant Plucker. It’s a humorous (I hope!) spy spoof about an eccentric Scotsman from Kilbirnie called Frank McClure. The action takes place mainly in Kilbirnie and Montpellier in the south of France, where I’ve been living for the past twenty-odd years. The Pheasant Plucker may well be the only novel ever written in which the opening word is ‘Kilbirnie’, but I’m not sure the Kilbirnie tourist board would want to make too much of that when they read the description! Having tried unsuccessfully to interest a publisher in The Pheasant Plucker, I ended up self-publishing it.
However, the genre I enjoy reading most is ‘crime’, especially Scottish crime, so it seemed natural to try my hand at that.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
On the humour side, undoubtedly Tom Sharpe, though I tried to steer away from being quite as outrageous. On the crime side, I’m been impressed by several Scottish writers, though they haven’t necessarily influenced my style of writing. Willie McIlvanney has to be number one. I was blown away when I first read Laidlaw in the 1970s, long before the genre of ‘tartan noir’ had even been thought of. More recently, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Denise Mina, among many others.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
I tried to interest a lot of publishers in The Pheasant Plucker, with no success – it’s a soul-destroying process. However, when I wrote Black Mail, I got an offer from the first publisher I sent it to – Old Street Publishing. There’s an awful lot of luck in this game in sending a novel to a publisher who happens to be interested in publishing a book in that genre, at that time.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novel, do you have a particular favourite one?
I suppose it has to be the principal character, DCI Charlie Anderson. Black Mail is the first book in what will be a series featuring Charlie, so I’m going to be living with him for some time. However, I also quite like my psychopath, Billy McAteer – I don’t know what that says about me!

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novels?
I haven’t had to do much by way of research. My novels are all more or less contemporary and the action is based in places where I’ve lived for a long time.

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
They are the kind of people you might meet in and around Glasgow, with elements of typical Glaswegian humour – and also Glasgegian bigotry, but none of them are based on actual people.

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction Novels out there?
I tried to do something different with my central character. Most fictional detectives have some hang-up or other in their personal lives: they’re either divorced, they’re having an affair, their partner’s having an affair, they’re drinking too much, they’re estranged from their children etc. Charlie Anderson has none of these problems. He is a happily married man and he dotes on his daughter and his grandson. However, he is nearing retirement and he is very ‘old school’. He insists on his officers doing everything by the book, but he isn’t ‘politically correct’ himself. He still believes that giving someone a clout around the ear can be the best option in certain circumstances. He can’t keep up with modern computer technology – he can’t even cope with emails and, as he tells us: “they don’t make keyboards to fit my kind of thick, stubby fingers”.

9. Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself and vice versa?
I hope not!

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned.
As I mentioned above, Black Mail, which was published in April 2014, is the first book in what will be a series based on DCI Charlie Anderson. The second book in this series, Double Mortice, will be published, also by Old Street Publishing, in April 2015 and, hopefully, the third book in the series will be out sometime in 2016.

11.What was your favourite scene to write in your Novel and why?
Probably my favourite scene in Black Mail is when DS Tony O’Sullivan is sent to arrest the psychopath, Billy McAteer, in Tennents bar in Byres Road in Glasgow as it gives scope for building tension while using typical Glasgow, understated vernacular in the interaction that takes place between the two men.

12. As an up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?
For those starting out, there are a lot of excellent writing groups throughout Scotland, under the auspices of the Scottish Association of Writers (website http://www.sawriters.org.uk), where writers of all standards can attend regular meetings and get critiques of their work from their peers. Writers, in general, are a very supportive community and these groups are an invaluable source of information and advice. Also, the SAW annual conference is an excellent forum where both aspiring and experienced writers get together and share ideas.

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Murder and drug-dealing are all in a day’s work for DCI Charlie Anderson, but everything’s on a different scale now that psychopath Billy McAteer is back on the streets of Glasgow. Simon Ramsay, a successful and seemingly respectable businessman, receives an email with a photograph attached. If he doesn’t come up with £50k, the sender will release it to the press, and Ramsay’s career will be over. In a state of panic he contacts his mistress, Laura. He tells her a blackmailer has managed to get his hands on a compromising photo of them in bed together. Terrified of what her violent husband will do if he finds out about her affair, Laura enlists the services of McAteer to deal with the blackmailer. It is a moment of madness, with disastrous consequences. And it falls to DCI Anderson and his sidekick to unravel the trail of death and destruction

DCI Charlie Anderson 2 – Double Mortice Due Out 21st April 2015

Other Novels

The Pheasant Plucker

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bill-Daly/e/B00AOLEYY8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1418208975&sr=1-2-

December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Scott Campbell

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1. How did you get started writing?
I always used to write when I was younger, little stories and teenage novels. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I started to try to seriously finish a novel and my first book “Violet’s Story” was eventually completed after I had hit my thirties. The next years were spent mainly doing short stories here and there, until one story resonated more than others and I wrote a follow-up, and a third follow-on until I realised I had another novel. That was my second novel “The Knowing.”

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?
I never set out to specifically write a crime novel. It just so happened that what happened to my main character in “The Knowing” involved some murders and with her partner being a police officer, it could be written no other way.

3. Which writers past or present have influenced your style of writing?
I love Jeanette Winterson and I love Stephen King. I would like to think I am a blend of both their styles, creating my own style.

4. When you first started writing did you find it hard to get publisher interest?
Oh yes, I am well accustomed to the rejection letter. I think self-publishing is definitely the way forward.

5. There are many interesting characters in your Novels, do you have a particular favourite one?
The current book I am writing has a wonderful character called Vivian Westwood (no relation to the designer). I have completely fallen in love with her and it’s going to be sad in a way when I finish the book in a few weeks because Viv has now become a huge part of my life every day.

6. What kind of research have you had to undertake for your Novels?
In the book I am writing, my character Viv gets cervical cancer. I had this in real life so I have drawn from this experience to help me write it.

7. Are the characters in your books based on any real life?
Some have essences of people I have known, or fragments of events that have taken place, but I use artistic licence quite a bit.

8. What do you think makes your novels stand out from all the other Scottish Crime Fiction Novels out there?
I would call mine a supernatural crime thriller with a bit of lesbian romance thrown in. It’s different because it’s mine and I am unique.

9. Do you see any of your characters’ personality in yourself and vice versa?
I twist things a lot when I write, I like to keep people guessing.

10. If you can, would you give us a sneaky peak into any future novels you have planned?
I am working on “The Diary of a Fat Cow”, about the life and loves of over-weight Tesco night-shift worker, Viv. Then I shall be writing the rest of the follow-up to “The Knowing”, which is called “A Love Like Ishinnie.”

11. Out of the Novels you have written do you have a favourite one that stands out to you?
No, they all have a place in my heart. I hope I get better with each book though, as my writing improves.

12. As a up and coming crime writer do you have words of advice you can share?
I wouldn’t categorise myself as a crime writer, but I would say to anyone plan your story, work out a programme you can stick to and just go for it. Writing can be the easy bit, it’s all the work after that’s tough.

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The Knowing is a gritty, supernatural crime novel set in Glasgow. The narrator is a psychology lecturer named Jen Keith, who has dreams and visions about deaths which are yet to happen.
Jen’s goal is to assist the police in cases they are struggling to solve. She forever finds herself embroiled in trouble, putting herself into danger to help innocents. But who will believe her? Will her police officer girlfriend, Kate Coutts, or does she have another agenda?

OTHERS NOVELS

Violet’s Story

SHORT STORIES

Little Whispers

Karen Campbell was awarded the Ultimate Planet (New) Author of the Year 2014

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Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Campbell/e/B00ITVNH5C/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Alison Gray

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How did you get started writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing stories. As I child I loved writing stories and even made my own magazines for fun. When I was a teenager I started writing a novel set during the French revolution, although I never finished this. So I feel as if writing is something that has always been there with me, although it has lain fallow for periods of my life.

What drew you to write a crime novel?

I enjoy reading crime novels and thrillers for relaxation so it seemed an obvious thing to try and write in the genre that I enjoy. I do have a love of history as well and of biographies and travelogues. Most of all I’m interested in the stories of people’s lives and I think you can find that in any genre.

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

In the past, I’ve been influenced by gothic romance writers Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. I also loved Mary Stewart’s thrillers and historical writing and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is probably my favourite novel of all time.

In the past few years, I’ve been influenced by Camilla Läckberg and Elly Griffiths. Both of these authors write series where crime drives the individual stories but the characters drive the series. Patrik Hedstrom (a police detective) and his wife, Erica Falck (a writer) are together in the first novel in the series and their relationship and family life grow and develop throughout the Fjällbacka series. Elly Griffiths’ forensic archaeologist protagonist, Dr Ruth Galloway, is just one of a multitude of interesting characters in her crime series.

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

I have to admit I haven’t tried very hard to get publisher interest. I’ve probably tried less than twenty times to get interest from agents or publishers, although I’ve tried pitching at various conferences where the interest was enough to spur me on but not enough to lead anywhere. At the end of 2013 I decided to self-publish in 2014 and so far that’s been very rewarding. There’s been a huge learning curve and I’m still learning but I do feel part of an independent author community now and that’s enjoyable while is has also been very satisfying to see the entire process through from first draft to published book.

There are many interesting characters in your novel. Do you have a favourite one?

I’m interested in my protagonists and how they develop through their relationships and the things that happen to them. I don’t really have a favourite character, although if I was to pick one whom I’d like to see a bit more of in future, it would be Lieutenant Angelo Christofis from my novel, Hibiscus Fruit.

What kind of research have you had to undertake for your novels?

I’ve done real-life research where I’ve travelled to areas I’m writing about to walk in the footsteps of the characters. I’ve also done virtual research where I have used the Internet. In terms of procedure in crime novels, I’ve contacted ex police officers with my questions and that has been extremely helpful.

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

No. All of my characters are completely made up.

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

Although I’m a Scottish Indie Author and my first standalone novel – Out of the Tower – is set in Scotland, my current crime series is set in the Aegean and the North East of England where I currently reside. So perhaps the fact that this series isn’t based in Scotland makes it different.

Do you see any of your characters personality in yourself or vice versa?

The characters are smorgasbord creations from all of life’s possibilities – a hair colour here, an eye colour there, a personality trait from this person and a hobby from that one. But if I were to pick one characteristic in my characters that I see in myself, it’s the constant questioning of everything that goes on around me I probably relate to most.

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

I’m planning a series of eco thrillers with a young Danish activist. This may be futuristic or young adult. I’m not sure at the moment. I’m also thinking of a historical series, although I don’t yet know which time period it would be set in. And then there are a few ideas buzzing around in my head for standalone psychological thrillers but nothing I can reveal yet.

What was your favourite scene to write in your novel, and why?

The scene that I most enjoyed writing in Hibiscus Fruit didn’t make it into the final draft! Writing that sets the scene is probably my favourite type of writing because with every word you are constructing a new reality and all possibilities lie before you at that point.

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

Read. Write what you love. Finish what you start. Seek feedback. Assess the feedback for what you can use. Stay true to yourself and to your stories. Polish your work. Release it into the world. Be proud of it. And repeat.

Novels

Out of the Tower
Hibiscus Fruit ( DS Abbey Foulkes 1)

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https://www.facebook.com/AlisonGrayScottishIndieAuthor

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alison-Gray/e/B00JRFX966/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1418035485&sr=8-3

December 2014 up and coming crime author of the month with Stevie Mach

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1. How did you get started writing?

I’m not sure of the spur that actually started me, it was so long ago, but once I had started it became an essential part of my life when I was younger, around late teens. I started writing songs, so lyrics came first, then some poetry, and from there I moved on to short stories and now I mostly concentrate on novels.

2. What drew you to write a crime novel?

I suppose I came upon crime late, my first novel, which is unpublished and pretty terrible, was a humourous science fiction farce. Then I began some, what I would call, light hearted real life dramas, though there was always a little bit of crime in there somewhere. My last two novels, Silhouettes and Punisher, are pretty steep in the murderous crime department, and they were just so much fun to write. So, in the end, it seems to be what I enjoy writing most that goes down on the page, and to date that is the crime novel.

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

I read a wide range of genres and have an even longer list of writers I admire. I can’t be sure who actually influences my style, I would suggest that would be down to others to dictate, but other writers do inspire me to continue to write. Reading something by Bukowski or Vonnegut gets me thinking, after lifting the latest by Rankin or McBride, I want to switch on the computer. An empty page on the screen gets my idea processes going and it isn’t long before I cover it with text.

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

Probably around thirty years ago I began sending stuff out to publishers which mainly resulted in a multitude of standard rejection letters, though some did contain constructive criticism and encouragement. After a while though I gave up sending to publishers, and by way of needful employment, and the distractions of everyday life, I stopped writing for around twenty years. When I began writing again the internet was out there, and I decided to create my website and publish for myself. It is so easy now, with a few clicks, and no cost at all, a book can be on sale.

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

My favourite characters are always the bad guys, it can be so exhilarating to write what a person can do without the normal constraints of law and order, of everyday moral responsibilities. Nothing need be taboo, everything is possible. The conscienceless mind can open up a wealth of possibilities for a character.

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

Research is mainly through the internet, or in relevant publications, to add an extra touch of realism through some specialist knowledge of a matter or subject.

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

No, everyone really is the concoction of my own warped mind. I suppose some traits you notice on certain individuals may be bundled in there somewhere, in how certain characters come across. I never though base any fictitious character on any real person. I would find that too limiting, and distracting.

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

The fact that they’re mine, I suppose. I try to be quite original in ideas and storylines, so perhaps they are not the normal mainstream provender. There is such a wealth of good Scottish Crime Fiction around though, it is hard to compare when the talent is so plentiful. If I’m put in the same bracket as some, it is an honour and a thrill.

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

It is not a conscious effort, but I suppose much of my characters must contain a little of my own personality, after all, I created them. There is no one character that I could say was me, though, or had enough of me in the portrayal of their traits and attributes that anyone could compare to me. The characters all come into being in their own way and develop as they go.

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

All I can say at the moment is that the next book is underway, and it is developing nicely. I may publish a chapter on my website as a taster, early in the new year. You will be welcome to a copy if you desire!

11. What was your favourite scene to write in your Novel and why?

In the novel Punisher, probably the police discovery of the second head. Scottish humour tends to come to the fore to allay traumatic events. This can seem cruel and unfeeling at times, but it is also a coping mechanism for some. And sometimes something funny comes across that is just too good to bypass, no matter how horrific the moment.

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

Just keep going, don’t worry so much about the publication of anything you write, don’t stress about the future, and critics, and just enjoy what you do.

Novels

Punisher
Silhouettes
Fractured in this Killing Scene
Stories of Joe

Short Stories

Rat Race Nights
New Light for the Soul

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