Good day to you, and joining me for an exclusive interview is none other than Mac Logan. So settle in and enjoy.
Mac Logan ~ Crime Fiction ~ Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
Voodoo River by Robert Crais. It has just about everything: humour, investigation, memorable baddies, love interest, a deep South setting, horrible baddies and monstrous danger. Great crime writing.
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
History, Rugged, Green, Fabulous
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
Elvis Cole. He has: humour, wit, self-depreciation, humanity, a smart mouth, cares for others, falls in love and can screw-up. He’s a loveable fool (but smart) in a hard line of work. Who else would have a Mickey Mouse phone and a Jiminy Cricket clock in his office?
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
The part where my grandkids live. Stone and mortar never match up to “Grandpa, tell me a story with your heart …” (I don’t know where that phrase came from).
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
Elvis Cole, Eilidh Duncan, Tonka Waberthwaite, Mma Precious Ramotswe.
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
Today, money is more important than people. Judging by the recent election and tragic events we don’t like it. I find inspiration and hope in our citizens’ immense kindness and caring.
Such a loving explosion of generosity shows a stark contrast to the mendacity and self-serving nature of many of our leaders. Corruption, inept procurement and the ineffectiveness of successive governments ice a rancid cake.
The lack of facts, distortion of information and general disrespect for citizens is so sad. Even though corrupt people hurt me in the past, I wish them no harm. In fact, at one level I’m grateful to such deceivers for providing, as they do, the basis of The Angels’ Share series.
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It’s good to have a solid foundation for my fiction: rooted in grievance and amplified by a surging (if somewhat graphic) imagination.
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
Stiltskin – Inside – Video Link here. It offers clues to a 20-year-old murder mystery in Devils Due.
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.
You never stroll towards a corpse, you stalk it. First impressions are everything. I sniff the early-morning breeze, like a wild dog, and inch forward. My eyes absorb the scene as the stillness of the dozing city wraps the Mound with vestigial calm. Closer now, a moist draft licks my neck, its icy breath tainted with a tang of blood, and worse. I ignore the Wash Bar and shiny black railings along the dressed stone wall. A corpse lies posed on the flagstones at the top of the last flight of steps from the Lawnmarket. At brutal rest: a middle-aged man lies face up, arms spread like St Peter’s crucifixion, his shiny suited legs sagging above crossed, wrinkle-socked, ankles. Fingers of breeze ruffle his sparse grey hair. Bloodshot dirty brown eyes bulge above the horror of a slashed throat, head almost severed. His bald crown rests one stair down, neck at an impossible angle, spine glinting in the early light. Down the stairs and over the flags a wash of sticky blood congeals, having sprinted almost as far as the cobbles. His tartan tie flutters, an ill-fitting, failed, tourniquet. The stalk-end of a banana, unpeeled, protrudes from the contorted ‘O’ of his lips and bursts out of the dark gash in his throat like a bright yellow alien. A sudden gust makes a sheet of paper flutter towards me. I trap it with my foot. It’s a flier: a photo of Greyfriars Bobby headlined with a blood-smudged happy hour invitation, I might look in. My body jerks as a wild soprano shriek from the upper stairs shreds the quiet, almost concealing the hasty strides charging up behind me.
Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
Radio Interview: 23rd August 2017 with Wendy Jones on Mearns FM [http://www.mearnsfm.org.uk/schedule] for Wendy’s Book Buzz where she interviews authors about their books and favourite music. Think Desert Island Discs meets books.
I’m involved in setting up a series of authors’ events at Colinsburgh Galloway Library, in the East Neuk of Fife, for the autumn and winter. These will include:
- author sessions and readings
- a genuine Enigma machine and a bug from the wall of the US embassy in Moscow, and an on the use of encryption and surveillance devices back in the day.
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
I’m currently writing Devils Due, the third Sam Duncan thriller – coming soon. The inspiration is Establishment corruption and its negative impact on us all. Sam Duncan investigates. Tonka has his back.
As for style: imagine lurching along on a rickety rollercoaster, wheels squealing, the stench of smouldering brakes. Death howls alongside, swiping at you with his scythe … the safety bar comes loose in your grip … up ahead a chunk of crumbling track falls away … and only you can save the day.
Check out book 2 in the Angels Share series and read a sample.
Thank you so very much to the talented and genuine Mac Logan for being on my blog today.
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