Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.
Today on the blog, is Joanne Griffiths ~ Her novel A Deadly Game will be published on 20/06/2017 By Bloodhound Books
Joanne Griffiths Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder was the first crime novel that stayed with me long after I had finished reading it. This was the very first crime fiction book I had read, way back when I was a teenager and by the time I had finished, I was hooked.
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
Romantic, stunning, vibrant, friendly
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
Tough one. I love Miss Marple. Behind the little old lady façade, there is a shrewd intelligence that she uses to her advantage, solving crimes before the guilty party even has an inkling that she is on to them, but I also like Inspector Morse. He’s another character that uses his immense intelligence to solve crimes and I am in awe of that, the way they are able to piece everything together until they get to the truth.
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
One of my favourite places to visit, when I went to Edinburgh, was the dungeons. The whole experience from start to finish was a nerve-wracking thrill and I was entertained throughout. Thankfully, I wasn’t chosen to participate. I’m not sure my nerves could have handled that!
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
I would have dinner with Jessica Fletcher, Miss Marple, Hetty Wainthropp and Precious Ramotswe. All unassuming female detectives with a hidden intelligence that enables them to solve the case. My only concern would be ending up as a victim of crime as it seems to follow these ladies around. Either that or I’m the guilty party!
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
I read a lot of crime fiction as I think that can help hone your skills. I also enjoy watching murder mysteries and true life crimes. Quite often though, a chance situation can develop into a novel. My second novel is a case in point. Something that was said to me, led to creating a character and exploring how a story would develop around him. Real life situations can often give you lots of material for your writing.
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
Lurid Delusion by Matthew Pablo
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.
A stranger walked into The Wash Bar, ordered himself a pint of beer then took a seat, over on the old church pew. There was nothing unusual in this, the place saw many a tourist visiting the establishment, but there was something different about this man.The bar tender had spotted him when he first walked in; wondered what he was doing there. It didn’t take long for his suspicions to be confirmed.The man was trouble.It was the postcard that had confirmed it – an image of Greyfriar’s Bobby, tucked away in the back of his wallet. The bar tender saw it when he took out some money to pay for his drink and he knew at that point, that he would need to act quickly.Thankfully, the stranger didn’t see it coming.He had just started eating a banana when he felt the sting on his leg. Automatically reaching down to rub at the area that was slowly beginning to burn and spread, he was surprised to find a tiny dart had stuck to his trousers.It was the last thing he remembered.By the time the ambulance had arrived, the bar tender had recovered the dart. He knew there was nothing they would be able to do for the stranger. The man was already dead.Satisfied that his secret was safe, he returned to tending the bar. He still had a couple of hours left before he could finish work and then he had this evening to look forward to.He was going on another date.Meeting at the Greyfriar’s Bobby statue.Like the others, it would be the woman’s last evening and he was planning on making it an enjoyable one, for him at least.
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
I started writing A Deadly Game around twenty-five years ago. The idea of becoming a crime fiction writer had been in the back of my mind for a few years. The idea appealed to me but I don’t think I was really committed to seeing it through to the end at that stage.
Over the years, I would dust off the manuscript, add a few more chapters, edit those I had previously written, then shelve it all again as life got in the way.
Then, in 2014 I became seriously ill and it was only after I began to recover that I re-evaluated what I wanted out of life. Once again, my thoughts turned to writing and I promised myself that I would finish the book I had started all those years ago. I wanted to be an author and the only way to do that, was to write
Finishing A Deadly Game felt like such an achievement and spurred me on to carry on writing, even more so after it was accepted for publication.
Many thanks, to Joanne Griffiths, for taking part in my Crime Fiction Blog Takeover I really appreciate it. Please follow Joanne on Twitter to find out more about her book ~ @Tazer129
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