SHORT, SHARP INTERVIEW: MCDROLL

McDroll, short sharp interviews

PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication/ project in 25 words or less? 

In THE WRONG DELIVERY  everything goes up in flames and down to the depths for Morna and Gordon in more than one sense.


PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently? 

Book – got to be The Unburied Dead from the delicious Douglas Lindsay. 
Comic crime and delicious noirness at its best in his new detective 
series.

Film – Ginger Snaps – from back in 2000 but I hadn’t seen it 
before, teenage werewolf movie with the most dysfunctional teenagers 
you’ve ever met.

TV – Empire with that lovely Jeremy Paxman. Worth 
watching just to see his astonishment when an Egyptian gentleman was 
adamant that there was nothing good to be said about the English.


PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader? 



You can’t write without reading, it’s vital. Everybody can learn no matter 
whether you are an experienced writer or just starting out. There is 
never anything better than getting totally lost in a good book and if 
the writing is any good then it is impossible to not get drawn in by 
the plot and characters.


PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television? 


I’d love to write a comedy crime/noir sitcom set in Largs, Ayrshire. a dead body found behind the ice cream counter in Nardinis….

PDB: How much research goes into each book? 


I write what I know and what I don’t know, I make up….
isn’t that what a writer is supposed to do?


PDB: How useful or important are social mediafor you as a writer? 

Without social media I’d be sitting here in Argyll talking to the sheep. They are not goodlisteners and not terribly keen on crime writing, they prefer romances.

PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?  


Throughout 2012 I’ll be serializing T
HE WRONG DELIVERY, my crime/ humour / noir book as well as keeping my review blog going and writing some new short stories. The novel is planned out so I might even start chapter 2. Who knows?