Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.
Today on the blog, we have Author Owen Mullen, check out his crime scene and discover what he thinks of Edinburgh
Owen Mullen~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
The Hound Of The Baskervilles…read it when I was 15 and have never forgotten it. So much going on in it: the atmosphere of Dartmoor, Victorian London, Holmes and Watson and a phantom dug! Did I mention a family curse?
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
Historic – atmospheric – cosmopolitan – brammer!
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
The above mentioned Sherlock…unique!
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
For obvious reasons, many people love the Old Town. I beg to differ. The New Town with it’s neoclassical and Georgian architecture, and beautiful wide streets; a real pleasure to just wander, absorb and admire. UNESCO can’t make up its mind; they are both World Heritage sites. So you’ll have to visit and decide for yourself!
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
Professor James Moriarty, John Luther, Dave Robicheaux and Philip Marlowe.
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. Games People Play began on a beach in Crete. Old Friends And New Enemies came from a trip to Loch Lomond. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead came from two articles in a magazine.
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.
The door of the Wash Bar burst open and a man stumbled in; wild eyed and breathless. He pushed his way to the front, through a crowd of women on a hen night. One glance at his ashen face was enough to make them draw away. His fist pounded the bar and his voice cracked with emotion.‘Rum. Gimme a banana rum. Quick!’Somebody asked, ‘What’s wrong? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.’He threw the rum over and wiped his lips with a trembling hand. ‘It’s Bobby.’‘Bobby who?’‘Greyfriars Bobby. He’s gone.’‘But he’s been there for over a hundred and fifty years.’‘Maybe so. But he’s no there now. Some bastard’s took him.’‘Don’t be draft, man. Who’d steal a statue of a wee dog?’‘It’s no Bobby they want. It’s Whit’s inside him!’
Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
No events lined up at the moment… working on it! Don’t suppose anyone fancies coming to Crete for a Noir At The Taverna?
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
My current novel and coincidentally one of the very first books I wrote, due out
in October was inspired by two things: my desire to see if I could write a good PI novel and my love of faraway places. New Orleans stays with me so it seemed right to set my guy there.
How can my readers connect with you?
Twitter ~ @OwenMullen6
Check out Owen Mullens book ~
Old Friends And New Enemies (PI Charlie Cameron Book 2)
The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.
But it wasn’t a stranger.
Suddenly, a routine missing person investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.
Rafferty is so ruthless even his own sons are terrified of him.
Now he wants Charlie to find something. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.
There is only one problem… Charlie doesn’t know where it is.
You can read this today ~ buy your copy here ~ Amazon UK
Thank you so much, Owen, for being part of my special event. I am so grateful to have you on board.
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