Short, Sharp Interview: Alan Jones

blue wkdPDB: What’s going on now?

I’m busy at work and I’m making furniture that’s been promised for a while. And trying to promote ‘Blue Wicked, of course. I’m only writing sporadically at the moment, but will start again in earnest next month.

PDB: How did you research this book?

I re-visited the locations I used in the book with a friend, Ronnie, who’s a resident of Renfrew. I also used my brother-in-law as a sounding post to check out police related facts – he’s a detective, but I’ve been a little flexible with some police procedures. For instance, the numbers of officers involved in a similar investigation in real life would be 3 or 4 times greater but you just can’t write for that many characters. My other brother in law is a defence lawyer, and he checked ou the legal aspects to make sure I didn’t stray to far from reality. Finally, a couple of vets checked that I’d got all the veterinary stuff correct.

PDB: Which of your publications are you most proud of?

It’s natural to feel that your latest work is the best, but I do have a great deal of pride in my first book, The Cabinetmaker, as I had to wrestle more to write it. Once you feel that you can write, it’s much easier to do the second book, and you have the advantage of the feedback from the first one to hone your writing skills

PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?

I’m indecisive, but I can do top 3’s

Films: Silkwood, The Deer Hunter and Shawshank. Book: Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh) Mila 18 (Leon Uris) Shogun (James Clavell) Song: Teenage kicks (Undertones), To be Someone (The Jam) and Creep (Radiohead). TV program:  Porridge, Only fools and horses, Blackadder

PDB: Is location important to your writing?

Yes, very. I love the scope that Glasgow gives, plus I know it really well. But probably there will be a change of location for the next book, or the one after that.

PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?

I don’t. It’s too depressing.

PDB: What’s next?

I’m working on two books, but I’ll have to decide shortly which one to go with first as it’s doing my head in. Back to that old indecisive thing….

Bio:I’m 53 for a little while more, I have some grown up children and I live in a coastal town in southwest Scotland. I make furniture in my free time, amongst other things, and I write under a pen name to be anonymous, at least for the moment. I wish I’d started writing sooner, but it took a long time for me to believe that I could write.