Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.
Today on the blog, is Liz Mistry author of Uncoiled Lies
Liz Mistry ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
At the minute, I’m still thinking about Mark Billingham’s Love Like Blood which I finished last week. The subject matter (Honour Killings) was truly haunting and I think Billingham did it justice. It certainly got me thinking
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
Friendly spirit of Scotland
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
It’s got to be Stuart MacBride’s Roberta Steel. She is such a nightmare but you gotta love her. I literally pee myself with her antics. She is a truly inspired character and if he ever gets these books televised I’m putting in to play her- bra groping, foul mouthed hilarious woman that she is.
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
I have very fond memories of Cockburn Street in the ‘auld toon’ with all its trendy, quirky little shops and cobbles… and of course it’s a stone’s throw from Fleshmarket Close (the title of Ian Rankin’s 15th Rebus novel), St Giles Cathedral, The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
Graham Smith’s Jake Boulder would be number one because he’s smoking hot totty. Val McDermid’s Tony Hill because he’s so likeable and quirky and I could pick his brains about psychological profiling. Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint because I like the way her vulnerability juxtaposes her inner strength and Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway because she’s so down to earth and I think she’d make a brilliant friend.
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
I find inspiration in the most unlikely places. I love to eavesdrop (I’m a nosy cow) so I spend an inordinate amount of time in pubs and cafes ‘researching’. When I was writing Unquiet Souls I overheard a conversation between some elderly women. They were discussing how on a particular day the soaked their smalls and wouldn’t allow anyone into the house on that day – that made it into the book.
So, basically I’m always on the lookout for inspiration and it hits me at any time and can strike when I’m doing almost anything. I love it!
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
Blood Brothers by Bruce Springsteen. It really incorporates my emotions when writing my current work in progress, Untainted Blood, which is due out in August.
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.
“Ah wandered oot o’ The Wash Bar at the arse end o’ the night feeling fair gallus like. Ah’d had a few, mind ye, but ah wis alright. Then, a needed a pish so, ah thocht, here Greyfriar, git yersel doon thon dark alley where naebody’ll see ye.
And aff ah went. Ah wis nae sooner in there though, when mah foot landed oan something squishy like. A thocht aw crap! But when a looked doon it wur only a broon banana ah’d nearly skited oan. Then, wid ye believe it?… ah looked up and there, suspended fae a blue nylon rope, his troosers roond his ankles, wis mah mate Bobby… and he wur deid!”
Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
I’m doing a series of four creative writing workshops in Keighley Library in June. Click here
I’m on the Northern Noir: Bradford in Crime Fiction panel at Bradford Literature festival with AA Dhand in July. Click here
I’m at Ilkley Literature Festival in September (details to follow)
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
My most recent novel Uncoiled Lies was inspired the idea of no-one knowing everything about another person.
In Uncoiled lies I built up layers of lies in order to explore how they can affect relationships and the resulting consequences when those lies are revealed. Of course, I write crime fiction so there was always going to be a few wee murders in and amongst the lies….
How can my readers connect with you?
Murder. Love. Corruption. DI Angus McGuire and the team are back and have their work cut out.
Murdered prostitutes and a turf war between local gangsters takes the investigation into Bradford’s Immigrant communities where tensions run high.
To make matters worse McGuire is juggling an illicit relationship with his boss’s daughter and has fraught family relations.
Who is The Old Man?
What is the link between three dead prostitutes and a long forgotten murder?
Will McGuire and his team get the answers they want or is the uncomfortable truth much closer to home?
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