So I have a few Crime Fiction Takeover interviews that I have to share with you, we had so many participants for the feature, it was fabulous. I am delighted that I still have a few to indulge you with.
Today it’s John Mayer who is stopping by.
John Mayer (b. 1952) was born in Glasgow, Scotland at a time of post-WW2 austerity. But in 1963 when he heard The Beatles on Radio Caroline, his life path was set. Aged 14 he walked out of school because, in his opinion, he wasn’t being well taught. Every day for the next year, in all weathers, he cycled 9 miles to and 9 miles from the Mitchell Library in central Glasgow where he devoured books of all kinds.
While still an apprentice engineer he was soon teaching men two and three times his age.
But in the 1970s he ‘dived off a cliff’ and set out to become a Record Producer. He built his own record company trading in 14 countries. After a court battle with global giants, he went to the University of Edinburgh and became an Advocate in the Supreme Courts of Scotland. He acted for the downtrodden and desperate as well as Greenpeace International. His specialism was in fighting international child abduction.
As an author, John has written non-fiction, legal texts and articles; broadcasting to tens of millions of people on US and UK radio, TV and print media.
(Source ~ Amazon Author Page)
John Mayer’s Crime Fiction Exclusive Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
The Trial by Franz Kafka. There are no dead bodies in this story. But the fictional Eastern European state which Kafka portrays is committing crimes against its own citizens every day. The success of governing in this despicable way is to twist the law. Post WW2 Eastern European Dictators actually used this book to help them stay in power. That’s what I call a powerful book.
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
Outside beautiful. Inside greedy.
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
It would have to be Taggart. The original of course. Not the later Alex Norton version.
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
I’d have Jane Tennyson in 1973 as a young constable sitting beside Endeavour Morse as a constable and the both of them again as Chief Inspectors. It would be fascinating to see if they contradicted themselves.
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
Well, Parliament House is 500 years old but the inspiration for the stories comes from my own feelings. I’m very passionate about justice. It gets no votes in any election and it’s a soft target for government budget cutters, but it’s hugely important to people. Ask any child who’s felt injustice enough to cry about it or remember that yourself and you’ll have my starting point. Feelings are what make us human and so I turn feelings into words, hoping I can reach people’s humanity.
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
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.
Saturday the 1st was the agreed date. The deal would be done in the old close-mouth between Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar at five past midnight and not a minute before. Only one man from each team was to attend. If either side sent any more,then Mr Smith and Mr Wesson would be employed to arbitrate at Number 38. The Glasgow Billies had unanimously voted to send Big Banana; so called by his first three girlfriends who all happened to be sisters. For the Edinburgh Leithies it was wee Tam Mcguire who drew the short straw. It was to be David against Goliath. Now all they had to do was exchange a hold-all full of Uzi 9mm automatics and 6,000 rounds of ammunition for three hundred grand in used notes. As wee Tam approached he thought he saw the shadows of two men in the close; but of course, that was an illusion. He was just looking at Goliath.
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
I hope your readers enjoy seeing how the Low Life in High Places in the Old Town do their sneaky work in Parliament House. state which Kafka portrays is committing crimes against its own citizens every day. The success of governing in this despicable way is to twist the law. Post WW2 Eastern European Dictators actually used this book to help them stay in power. That’s what I call a powerful book.
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