Short, Sharp Interview: Henry Brock

vicious-dogsPDB: Can you pitch VISCIOUS DOGS in 25 words or less?

Derek Lasker, a broke and desperate PI,  foolishly takes a case that involves following a potential psychopath. It will cost him.

PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written?

What books do I wish I had written? So many. In fact, when I am working on a book I have a difficult time reading fiction since I fear my work will not measure up by comparison or their prose will change my writing style somehow. That being said, some books that I wish I had written are “We’re All In This Together” by Amy Jones, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith, “Whale Music” by Paul Quarrington, “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons and what writer wouldn’t love to have written Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time”?

Films I wish I had written include: “Runaway Train”, “Citizen Kane” and “Plane, Trains and Automobiles”.

Television shows I wish I had written: “Mad Men”, “Orphan Black” and “Mr. Robot”.

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make good films or TV series?

I would love to see Lasker Investigations as a series with “Vicious Dogs” as season one. I started developing the idea for the book while working in the film business in Toronto, Ontario, so seeing the book brought to the screen would seem apropos. I also wrote a book about a 1980’s heavy metal band called Bastards of Destruction, which has been rejected by dozens of publishers (I like to think it is due to the graphic sex and rampant drug use and violence, but editors might just think it isn’t good enough…) but I think it would make a fantastic movie.

 PDB: Who are your favourite writers?

Like most avid readers, it’s hard to list a few for fear that I will forget someone important. But since you are twisting my arm here, Paul, I will list a few here: Jim Thompson, Philip K. Dick, John Irving, David Goodis, Michel Faber, Sarah Waters, Clive Barker, Robertson Davies, and Michael Crichton.

PDB: What’s your favourite joke?

I don’t think I am a particularly funny person and am terrible at jokes, but here’s one for my UK friends:  Apparently someone in London gets stabbed every 60 seconds. Poor bastard.

PDB: What’s your favourite song?

So many faves…. but how about “The Blank Generation” by Richard Hell and the Voidoids.

PDB: What’s on the cards?

I am plugging away on book two of the Lasker Investigation series and once I am done my first draft I am going to cleanse my pallet before editing/re-writing by writing something completely different like a kids book or a book about Stephen Stills.

 PDB: Anything else?

Though I have been writing all of my life, I am new to crime fiction and I need to say that I absolutely love it. I would like to thank everyone who supported my along the way and thanks to all of those who have read Vicious Dogs and have reached out to me to let me know how much they have enjoyed it. As you know, Paul, writing is a solitary task, so hearing from readers makes all the difference.

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Bio: Henry Brock is the author of “Vicious Dogs” which is the first Lasker Investigation. He worked for ten years in the Toronto film industry, where he sidelined as a copy editor and musician. He currently lives with his wife and twin 8 year olds in Thunder Bay, Ontario.