Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.
Today on the blog, is Douglas Skelton, author of Tag – You’re Dead
~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
A number of crime novels have affected me. I loved Peter May’s ‘Entry Island’ and Craig Russell’s ‘The Ghosts of Altona’, for instance. But Graeme Macrae Burnet’s ‘His Bloody Project’ really impressed me because I feared I would be left behind by its literariness (is that a word?) but it turned out to be a rattling good read.
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
Impressive but not Glasgow
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
I have many but currently, it’s John Connolly’s, Charlie Parker. I love his mixture of toughness and melancholy.
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
Has to be the High Street – the Royal Mile. So much history, so much atmosphere
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
Elvis Cole, Charlie Parker (those two would have so much to talk about), Gervase Fen (he’d be so witty and urbane) and Philip Marlowe, because he’d make fun of everyone else.
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
It just happens. An idea will pop into my head – it may be a setting, a scene or a hook – and I take it from there.
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
Sorry by Brenda Lee, It’s used throughout it!
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.
If it hadn’t been for that damned banana outside The Wash Bar, Michael ‘The Crusher’ Malone wouldn’t have ended up as dead as Greyfriars Bobby.
Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
Nothing until September 23 when I’m in the Bures Road Festival in Glasgow with the Crime Factor squad – Gordon Brown, Neil Broadfoot and Mark Leggat. The following day I’m with Caro Ramsay, Theresa Talbot and Michael J. Malone (whose nickname is NOT The Crusher) in our comedy mystery play Carry on Sleuthing during the Tidelines Festival in Irvine.
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
It’s called ‘Tag – You’re Dead’ and it’s the second in the Dominic Queste series. This time he finds himself being stalked by a serial killer who uses his love of films against him. It was the title that came into my head first and then the idea that the serial killer would warn each of his/her victims ahead of time – tag them, really – that they were next on the list. The means of selection is also like the game of ‘tag’ in that each one is somehow connected, albeit tenuously, to the last.
Maverick investigator Dominic Queste is on the trail of missing butcher Sam Price. But he soon uncovers links to a killer with a taste for games. What began as a simple favour for his girlfriend quickly descends into a battle for survival against an enemy who has no qualms about turning victims into prime cuts. Amidst a twisted game of cat and mouse, suspicious coppers, vicious crooks and a seemingly random burglary, Queste has to keep his wits about him. Or he might just find himself on the butcher s block.
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