Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Paul D. Brazill and I’ve shockingly made it to 55.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Hartlepool, England and live in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’ve been TEFL teaching for more than a decade.
My books include A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton, Too Many Crooks, The Last Laugh, andKill Me Quick!
Oh, and there are a few other tasty snacks that you can find here.
My writing has been translated into Italian, Polish, Finnish, German and Slovene.
I’ve had stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime 8, 10 and11 – alongside the likes of Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Neil Gaiman.
I also edited the anthology True Brit Grit (with Luca Veste).
I’m a member of International Thriller Writers Inc.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well, 3 of my novellas are now only 99p. They are: Too Many Crooks, Big City Blues, and A Case Of Noir. They are all published by Near To The Knuckle. I have a short story collection coming out in the next few weeks. It’s called Small Time Crimes.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Apart from a rubbish screenplay in the ‘90s, I started writing in 2008 when I discovered flash fiction.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Only when someone tells me I am one.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Guns Of Brixton was an extension of a short story that I’d written a few years before. I just wanted to see how far I could stretch the yarn before it snapped.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I stole it from a Clash song.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I think I write dark, absurdist comedies. Not everyone thinks they’re funny, mind you!
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I suppose it’s about 50/50 these days. And about 30 percent is from friends’ lives.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, the world is in the internet now.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The publishers organise that. Craig Douglas does great work at Near To The Knuckle.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Life is a joke so make it a funny one.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Paul Heatley has put out two great books this year: Fatboy and Eye For An Eye. Powerful, vivid writing. There are too many other great writers working these days to mention.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Loads of writers that I met online, such as David Cranmer, Elaine Ash, Jason michel, Nick Quantrill, Andy Rivers, Cormac Brown.
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?
No, the past is dead and gone.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Probably not. I’m a bit dim.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Alfred Molina.He can do anything.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never listen to anything I say!
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Anne Billson’s The Coming Thing. And the one I’m writing at the moment, Hit The North! I keep changing the ending.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was all American comics for me as a kid and then Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sometime the same things!
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Fargo and Fargo.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Orange juice, orange and Orange Juice.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I don’t want one!
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
There you go!