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Please welcome Paul Elliott to my blog today, he’s debut novel is Paul McGraw: Kid To Killer.

Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Paul Elliott~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview


Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

I’m actually ashamed to say I haven’t read a book before, it was always something I meant to do but I always had busy jobs so a movie just seemed easier.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

Beautiful, Home, Cultural and Historic

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

Chuck Bartowski, I loved the fact that he was just a normal person who was suddenly thrown into a world of danger, deception and complicated relationships.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

Roseburn as it is pretty near the City Centre but you have the Water of Leith footpath that after walking for two minutes in lets you forget you are in the middle of the city.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

Bruce Wayne, Frank Castle, John Wick and Eric Draven.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

Having suffered from anxiety for many years makes me see many scenarios from a very ordinary situation, writing allows me to turn what started as a curse into a gift.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

Come join the murder by The White Buffalo and the Forest Rangers.

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.


I followed the trail of blood from the Wash Bar where I had wounded Jake.

The trail led me down Victoria Street and as I got to the bottom of the street I could see my wounded target crossing the road and heading up Candlemaker Row.

I raised my Glock 17 and fired once more, the bullet struck him in the left kidney.

He was now crawling rather than running and had received a fatal wound but I couldn’t risk someone helping him before he bled to death.

As I approached him he was slumped at the bottom of the Greyfriars Bobby statue.

“Please, I don’t deserve to die, I can’t help what I am.” he pleaded.

Jake had tortured his victims for three days before killing them, there was no way I was going to let him live nor grant him a quick death.

“Open your mouth.” I said to him calmly while picking up a banana that someone had left on the ground.

“I promise I’ll stop killing.” He begged.

“I know you will Jake.” I said as I held his nose and forced the banana into his mouth.

He started wriggling around as I pushed it deeper down his throat.

I watched the life fade from his eyes before I let go of his nose.

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
I have no events lined up at the moment but I would be happy to do so in the future as I love engaging people and hearing their reactions to the book.

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you were inspired to write it?

Paul McGraw: Kid To Killer is about a boy who even at a young age sees there is a lack of justice in a neighbourhood he loves and believes he can change things.

The thing that inspired me to write the book was mostly from real world situations I came across when spending time in Wester Hailes.

I attended thirteen different schools and saw so many sides to the city.

How can we find out more about you?

My Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/PaulMcGraw.Author/

My Twitter is https://twitter.com/EdinburghAuthor

A fifteen-year-old boy sees it as his duty to rid Edinburgh of the scum that preys on the innocent people of the city. He finds that to punish the guilty he must first face fear, loss and betrayal.

He will soon discover things aren’t always as they seem, and there are other people who have uses for a young killer as well as bigger forces at play.


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