Short, Sharp Interview: Keith Nixon

K NIXONPDB: Can you pitch THE FIX in 25 words or less?

THE FIX is a multi-layered tale of crime and dark humour in one neat package where no-one is quite who they seem to be.

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

Music – I bought my wife a 1960’s record player recently so all the old vinyl is coming out again (won’t say which, too embarrassing).

Films – I saw Seven Psychopaths recently which I enjoyed, looking forward to seeing Star Trek when I can get round to it.

Books – so many to mention. I recently read Ian Ayris’ Abide With Me and One Day In The Life of Jason Dean, both superb. Lots of good stuff by Tony Black, Gerard Brennan, Richard Godwin, Nick Quantrill, Mark Wilson and Ryan Bracha. As I’m a reviewer for Books and Pals blog I’m fortunate to get my hands on some great stuff.

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

Yes and no.

I suspect very few, if any, readers are entirely objective. The vast majority of people have an opinion, regardless of the subject matter at hand. I don’t feel books are any different.

However I think it is possible to step back and take a good look at the mechanics of a story, but a good book should generate an emotion in the reader and therefore we can analyse that too.

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

Yes. I’ve tried my hand at writing stand-alone comedies and drama for television. I’d like to have a crack at putting THE FIX into a script format.

PDB: How much research goes into your writing? The_Fix_Cover_FinArt

It varies. For my as yet unpublished historical fiction novel on Roman Britain I carried out a huge amount of research because I wanted it to be factually correct. It took over two years of research and writing to complete 90,000 words.

In my crime novels, very little research. My writing style here is relatively sparse and the characters are pretty ordinary. For example they wouldn’t be expected to know a lot about the gun they’re holding (so neither do I).

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you?

Very important. I love to network, I’ve met some great people through social media. I used to use Twitter a lot, but in recent months I’ve switched to Facebook as I find it much more personable. It’s great to connect to writers and readers alike.

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2013?

First is a follow up to The Fix, currently titled I’m Dead Again, in which Konstantin and Mr Lamb return. I’m hoping this will be out in early July.

I also want to publish the historical fiction novel, it’s been through a first edit, but I need the focus to finish it off. I’ll then work on a novella, explaining some of the earlier history between Konstantin and Lamb. Finally I’m kicking around an idea with a fellow author to collaborate on a novel.

So plenty to do!

PDB: Where can people find out more about your work?

Several places:

–          My Amazon page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009ZITONW

–          My blog (where I also reprise my reviews): http://keithnixonauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

–          Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6569386.Keith_Nixon

–          Facebook: Keith Nixon Author