A Killer Q&A with author Catherine Hunt

Category: Author Post


Tell us about yourself.

I’m a journalist who for many years was with BBC TV news producing and then editing the main TV news shows. Started out on local papers in the dim, distant past. Currently run a media consultancy business. Avid reader of crime fiction.

Tell us about your latest book.
Someone Out There is my first thriller. It’s about divorce lawyer, Laura Maxwell, who believes she’s being targeted by someone intent on destroying her. It’s about obsession, fear, isolation; about how quickly life can unravel and how well you ever really know the people around you.

When did you start writing?
I only started writing fiction a few years ago. Up until then, it was all factual stuff. I did write a few short stories as a teenager but never dared to send them off.

What drew you to the world of crime?
Probably all the real life crimes I’ve written copy on over the years, some of them so incredible and bizarre they would never have got past a literary agent!

Where do you write?
Wherever I can but preferably at home at a desk looking out at the garden and some woods beyond.

Which other authors do you admire?
Difficult because there are a lot. To pick a few: Patricia Highsmith, Barbara Vine,  Daphne Du Maurier,  Graham Greene , Gillian Flynn, Nicci French, Stephen King and Iain M Banks.

Book you wished you’d written?
To Kill a Mockingbird

Greatest fictional criminal: Count Fosco in The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Greatest fictional detective: Arkady Renko

What scares you?
The usual things: wars, real life killers, cruelty – oh and politicians.

Are you ever disturbed by your own imagination?
Not really though it might be best to keep it to myself to avoid any strange looks.

3 crime books you would recommend to EVERYONE.
        Strangers on a Train – Patricia Highsmith
        Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
        Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

What’s your poison?
Vodka, rum, gin, need I go on?

Are you on social media?
Yes, I’m on Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn.

How can fans connect with you?
On Twitter @chwrites and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatherineHuntAuthor
Or via my website: http://www.catherinehunt.com

 

Paul Finch: blog spot number 3

Category: News

This month sees our third blog entry from the incredible Paul Finch. The Former The Bill scriptwriter turned author is back this week with a sneak peek into his life as a journalist, a period in which Paul feels had a huge impact in becoming the author he is today…

 

People often ask me how it happened that I went from being a policeman to writing police stories. Well, the cross-over is not as straightforward as some may think.

While I was in the police, I wrote almost no fiction at all. I had a yearning to write – I’d always written fiction as a youngster, and my father had been a professional author, but whenever the temptation came over me, I used to tell myself that I was too tired, too stressed and too busy obsessing about dreadful incidents in the real world – and for the most part that was probably true. But it’s also the case that I was being sucked into a radically different discipline. I was buried in a world of procedure and legalities, which came to completely dominate my daily thinking. It was near enough impossible to go home at night and put the job, or whatever case you’d been working on, out of your mind. These were serious affairs after all, and people’s lives and liberties might be at stake.

This is something I’ve tried to bring into the Mark Heckenburg books in fact; the way police life can consume you. Even your recreation time tends to be spent with other police officers, or at least it often was for me, and usually such R&R consisted of drinking hard and yet again discussing the job. Anything else seemed frivolous.

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