Today best selling author Owen Mullen stops by to talk all things bookish.
Out of the Silence by Owen Mullen
Star investigative reporter Ralph Buchanan’s glory days are behind him. His newspaper has banished him abroad, not knowing the greatest moment of his long career is waiting for him there.
When Simone Jasnin asks him to help expose a grave injustice, he finds himself embroiled in a harrowing tale that began in a dusty rural settlement, setting in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of everyone involved.
Seven years later, members of a prominent family are being brutally murdered one by one. The only clue is a hand-carved wooden bangle left at the scene of each crime.
As the list of suspects grows and the tension mounts, Ralph realises the answers might be closer to home than he ever thought possible.
Solving the mystery will put him back on top but at what cost?
Only when the smoke clears will the killing stop and honour be satisfied…
Owen Mullen Interview
Owen graduated from Strathclyde University, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter,. He had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; He still loves to perform on occasion. His passion for travel has taken him on many adventures from the Amazon and Africa to the colourful continent of India and Nepal. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow, and their home in the Greek Islands where Owen writes.
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
Out Of The Silence is the very first book I wrote and is most definitely ‘The Baby’. The blurb will tell you something about the book, but I thought you might like to know how it came to be published. Despite huge enthusiasm from many publishers It has had a long and difficult journey to publication. Eleven years long to be precise. After ten years of trying I gave up, I just didn’t have it anymore. I put the manuscript in a drawer and forgot about it.Unknown to me my wife Christine who is my developmental editor took another look at it. She was wondering if the story could be stripped and placed in another setting: she decided that would take the soul out of what she believed to be a beautiful book. So…still unknown to me she wrote to my publisher pretending to be me and asked them to take a look. They agreed. A year went by with no word. One day she decided to take the bull by the horns and ask if they had ever had the opportunity to read it. Back came a huge apology – it had slipped through the net, could she re-send it. She did. Five months later and still no word. Christine doesn’t give up easily: knowing the publisher is normally very quick to respond to manuscripts she decided to follow up again. Back came another apology – it had slipped through the net yet again! Please resend and they would forward it to their commissioning editor immediately. That was on a Friday afternoon. First thing the following Monday morning in came the offer to publish “a story that must be told”.
Who would your book be perfect for?
It’s ideal for someone who enjoys dramatised versions of real events or literary fiction.
Did you have a favourite character to write?
The bad guys are always good fun to write…so Quasim wins this one. But truthfully I loved every character in this book – bringing them to life on the pages was a new and quite wonderful experience.
What inspired you to the write the book?
Christine and I had watched a horrific documentary about life for women at that time in Pakistan and it stayed with me. The idea arrived when we were travelling in the region and spent a short time in the Thar Dessert. Some years later when we were spending more time at our villa in Crete I decided to try to write this book that was living in my head.
What has been your proudest bookish moment?
Really there are two…the first was when my debut novel Games People Play was long-listed for the McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year – standing in The Great Hall of Stirling Castle being photographed with some of the most famous names in Scottish crime fiction isn’t something you forget. I’ve attached the official photograph. The second time was when my then nine year old grandson (unknown to his parents- there’s a pattern here! He’s like his gran!) took a copy of Games People Play to tell his teacher about his amazing grandad. She asked him to tell the class, which he did. The teacher was so impressed he was asked to repeat his presentation to the whole school at assembly the next morning. I just wish someone had filmed that.
Do you have any questions for your readers?
I like to write in various sub-genres of crime fiction…do you enjoy it when authors do this, or would you prefer they stick to one style?
What is your favourite read of your whole life and why?
At one time like a lot of people, I was a huge Stephen King fan. I have fond memories of reading Salem’s Lot. In fact, now that I’ve mentioned it, I think I’ll read it again. I found it thrilling and frightening then and probably will again.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a follow up to the best selling In Harm’s Way, which reached the No 1 position in Scottish Crime on Amazon. We meet the characters five years down the line. And whatever else, their lives aren’t any less complicated!
Thank you for stopping by today Owen, come back soon.
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