Name Paul D. Brazill
Where are you from
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc.
I left school at 16. Played bass in a couple of post-punk bands. Worked in a second-hand record shop. I live in Poland teaching business English. Have a 16 month old son.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Guns Of Brixton will be out in the next few months from Caffeine Nights Publishing. It’s a bawdy, crime fiction romp set in London.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing flash fiction in 2008 because I read a lot of it online and enjoyed it. I thought I’d give it a shot! Can’t hang a man for that!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Maybe over the last year or so though I still see myself as more of a dilettante. In most aspects of life, to be honest.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I really just write up things that have happened to me or anecdotes I’ve heard and try to stich them into some sort of entertaining narrative.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Ad hoc, slapdash, twoddle.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Guns Of Brixton is the title of a song by The Clash. It’s a London based book and they were/ and still are the ultimate London band even though most of them were from outside London.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
There are many real-life instances in Guns Of Brixton but it’s a work of absurdist comic fiction and even- maybe especially- the true parts are absurd.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, Damon Runyon’s On Broadway and Robert Mitchum’s It Sure Beats Working.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’ve just finished Uv Ray’s Spiral Out and am starting Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock again. It is a master class in Brit Grit.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
There’s a lot of good stuff about but, just off the top of my head, in the last year or so I’ve read beaut stuff from Nina de la Mer, Jon Bassoff, George Beck, David Siddall.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
The Neon Boneyard – an occult crime mash-up/ re-mix and Too Many Crooks, another knock about crime farce.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d put more swearing in it.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always liked stories and storytelling. There was a great program on television when I was a kid called Jackanory which I loved.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A little something called plotting …
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Only over the internet superhighway.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting round to doing anything is always difficult for me. I am Bartleby. Though I’d prefer not to be…
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was this: http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/brer_rabbit_meets_a_tar_baby.html
He was cool.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love TV, always have, and there’s lots of my kind of thing on telly now, so: Justified, Ray Donavon, Utopia, Silicon Valley, Breaking Bad, True Detective, Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey, Fargo, Arrow, Ripper Street, Whitechapel.
Recent films that I’ve enjoyed: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, God Bless The Girl, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Selfish Giant.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Music: I’ve been listening to a lot of power pop recently.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Found a cure for cancer?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
In snow smothered Warsaw, Luke Case, a boozy English hack with a dark secret, starts a dangerous affair with a gangster’s wife. Case escapes to the sweltering Spanish heat where he meets a colourful cast of characters, including a mysterious torch singer and a former East End villain with a criminal business proposition. In stormy Toulouse, he encounters a blast from the past that is positively seismic which forces him to return to England and confront his past. A Case Of Noir is a strong shot of international noir from Paul D. Brazill.