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The Next Big Thing is a blog hop interview giving authors from around the world the chance to answer 10 questions about their new book. At the same time they introduce the writer who first tagged them and add another ...
Now it’s my turn.
- What is the working title of your next book?
Take the Soup
- Where did the idea come from for the book?
I was fly fishing in the west of Ireland in an area ravaged by the Great Famine of the 1840s and the owner of the hotel told me about how the local landlords had each reacted differently to the crisis. It gave me the idea of tying a contemporary crime to those dreadful days.
- What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a fast-paced murder story with a decent body count and a seriously nasty underworld king-pin from Dublin.
- What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Joe Delahunty would be probably be played by David Morrisey and the lovely Anna Heuston would have to be Reese Witherspoon with her feisty head on.
- What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
As Ireland’s society crumbles under the weight of its economic collapse a string of suicides and murders point to a puzzling link with the country’s historic famine.
- Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
- How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Four weeks, hard at it. I thank the Good Lord every day that I learned to touch type at school.
- What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Joe Delahunty has an air of Jack Reacher about him, but without the solitude and a good dollop of Liverpool-Irish charm. And who can blame him for his softer edges, with the lovely Anna Heuston on his arm?
- Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was educated by Irish nuns at a convent school in Liverpool and they taught us all about the famine, so I suppose the story has been within me for a few decades.
- What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
There’s a great summation of the reasons behind Ireland’s economic collapse and the contemporary settings within Dublin and Mayo will please anyone with an Irish connection or affinity. I’ve even managed to get a passage in about fly fishing on the Moy…
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