Luke Delaney answers your questions, part 2

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Last week, Luke answered some fan questions all about his background and history with the Met and CID. Today, he’s on the blog answering some of your questions about his writing. Read on to find out how he writes, what triggers his imagination, how his plots take shape and more…

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1. Apart from your background with the Met and CID, what triggers your imagination to write your plots?

It could be anything – someone I see on a train, a holiday, something in the media, a dream. Anything. For example the idea for The Toy Taker, my third Corrigan book, came about when I caught my eldest boy hiding his younger brother’s favourite teddy close to bedtime. He was doing it to delay going to bed, but it gave me an evil idea that I knew would resonate strongly with all parents. My fourth book is inspired by the media coverage of the banking crisis and all the public discontent with ‘greedy bankers.’ My mind never switches off to ideas, hence I have a backlog to try and get through.

2. What is your writing routine?

A writing routine in basically something I dream of one day having. I’m insanely jealous of writers who get to sit in a lovely study and write all day and sometimes all night. I squeeze my writing in between looking after my three young children, wife, cats etc, so I really write whenever I get a chance – often just bursts of a few minutes here and a few minutes there – sometimes while I’m cooking dinner, sometimes walking around the house with a laptop or on a train on my way to a business meeting. You get the drift! No routine!

3. Are you ever surprised by your plots taking an unexpected route, or do you stick to a detailed outline?

I was with Cold Killing, because I wrote it off the cuff with no plan, so it constantly changed, which was fun, but difficult to keep up with. Now I plan them quite meticulously, an overall plan and then scene-by-scene, so if the plots going to change it changes at the planning stage, not the writing stage.

4. Are there any books/authors that have inspired you to write?

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris, which I love. I read it as a young cop and it just felt spot on. I want to write books that stay with people as long as Red Dragon has with me.

5. If you were recommending your book to a friend – how would you describe it?

I’d say it was a fast paced thriller – a page-turner – but with a haunting, realistic backdrop, and challenging enough to make you think rather than just dispose of it when you’ve finished.

6. What would you like readers to take away from the experience of reading your novel?

A realization that there’s nothing fun or entertaining about violent death; and what a tough and undervalued job the police do – not to mention underpaid. The book’s entertainment lies in the story. The deaths are there as a wake-up call and a challenge to people who may have become anaesthetized to reality.

Cold Killing is out in paperback now and The Keeper publishes today in hardback!

Ex-detective Luke Delaney answers your questions

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We asked if you had any questions for our ex-Met detective author Luke Delaney. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the questions focused on his experience in the police. We hope you enjoy this insight into the life of a detective-turned-author. More answers to come next week, on publication of THE KEEPER, the second novel in the DI Sean Corrigan series.

1. Are any of the characters or cases in your novels based on real-life experiences?

All of my characters are of a type or types of cops I worked with, but there’s no direct lifts – they’re all fictional. The cases in my novels are not based on real crimes, but the atmosphere and process of investigation are completely based on reality.

2. How does it feel to be responsible for a team, knowing that their lives could be in danger?

You don’t think about it – everyone knows their jobs and the risks involved. Sure, being in the police can be a dangerous job, but at the end of the day we’re not going into combat in Helmand Province day after day, where sudden death isn’t just a vague possibility – it’s a reality. I wouldn’t want to insult our servicemen and women by giving the impression I risked my life daily as they do.

3. How does it feel when you know you’ve found the perpetrator/killer?

It’s always a buzz to get your man or woman, but when it’s a murderer, there’s a special kind of buzz – like you’ve caught some particularly dangerous type of wild animal. There’s a heightened sense of nervous excitement, surrealism at first, but that soon fades and everyone gets on with the job.

4. How does it feel to really know what a dangerous place the world is?

I don’t see this as particularly dangerous world, or country at least – I’m just aware of the risks and can sense when something or someone is not right. I love it. I feel awake, alert and as a consequence my fear of crime is very low, because it’s realistic and I know how to avoid becoming a victim. I’d rather be able to see the dangers than be blind to them. Wouldn’t you?

5. Is it impossible to stop thinking like a detective – even now that you’re out of the force?

Completely, but who would want to stop thinking like that? Not me!

Luke’s debut novel COLD KILLING is available in paperback now. And you can become better acquainted with his main character, DI Sean Corrigan, in Luke’s short story REDEMPTION OF THE DEAD.

Cold Killing is optioned for a multi-part TV series

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cold killing 1#Breaking news from the Killer Reads team!

Cold Killing has been optioned for a multi-part TV drama by none other than Carnival Film and Television, the award-winning production company behind Downton Abbey, Whitechapel and Any Human Heart.

We’ve had a fantastic response from you for Cold Killing, and The Keeper is on its way this September – so you don’t have long to wait to get your next Delaney fix.


Want to know what all the fuss is about? You can read an extract of Cold Killing below.