About The Book
It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda. As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems
Q&A With Paul Harrison
How did you get into the world of books?
I have a background in the Criminal Justice system, working as a police officer, covering three decades. Strangely, I worked alongside many officers who made it to the top, (to the rank of Chief Constable) on their way up the career ladder, including the CC of Greater Manchester, and the ex-Chief of Police Scotland, and one ex-Chief Inspector of Constabularies. This was followed by a brief stay, as a High Court Judges Clerk, at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. I later worked in the Charity Sector, helping vulnerable adults and children. In 2010, I won the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies ‘Outstanding Individual of the Year’ award, for my voluntary work helping victims of abuse.
I actually started writing, back in 1999 during my police career, when I had my first non-fiction true crime book published. Since then I’ve had 30 plus non-fiction books published. Now, its crime fiction books all the way.
Describe yourself using three words?
Honest, personable, loyal (to those I care about)
What inspired you to write your first novel?
It felt like a natural transition. The different career paths of life I have walked, have provided me with a wealth of experience to draw on, and what better way to use them, than in my novels. For instance, I’ve interviewed many serial killers, so many that they literally become quite boring. So it was great to be able to create my own. My good guys are loosely based on a culmination of people I have met.
What time of day do you like to write?
It varies. I like to work with a bit of background music playing, so it inspires me. It’s always upbeat but not to the point of distraction.
What is your favourite book and why?
Easy this one. Moby Dick by Hermann Melville. I just love, the dark obsessive character of Captain Ahab, and how Moby Dick survived the conflict. I really don’t like to see animals persecuted, or hurt. So don’t expect to see any in my books.
How did you pick the title of your book?
I wanted a champion to protect children and came across the term Malakim. This, effectively, is an angel, who wreaks vengeance on those who harm children.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
The good guys are, but not so the baddies. The latter are unique creations.
If you were a colour what would it be?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I think I’m more of a rainbow. Adaptable maybe.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I try to create a storyline, however, my characters do take over, and I just let them run. I like to think it keeps everything realistic.
Who is your favourite Author?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The original Sherlock Holmes stories are hard to beat, for me. I’m also very much into Agatha Christie.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you choose?
Norman Bates, from Robert Bloch’s novel – Psycho.
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, I’m currently writing book two of the Grooming Parlour Trilogy (The Dark Web). After this trilogy, I have more exciting adventures planned for my lead Detective, DCI Will Scott, and his team.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
Yes, and they’ll be most welcome at any event. I’d love to see them.
I’m appearing at libraries in Bridlington, Driffield and Beverley, and Anlaby, East Yorkshire where the book is based on 22 March 27 & 28 March, all events are 6.30pm to 8.30pm. I’m appearing at Deal Noir (Kent) on March 25. I’m also in Kettering and Northampton on 24/25 March. More info can be found on my website www.paulharrisonbooks.co.ukm or on my Detectives site www.DCIWillScott.com
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