Happy Saturday, today visiting the blog I have Gerry Cameron author of Divining Murder. Gerry is here with an exclusive interview. Gerry has set the crime scene for us (contains some naughty sweary words) and it’s fabulous!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Crime Fiction Interview with G.M Cameron
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
There was a book by Nicci French, Beneath the Skin, about a murderous stalker and his three victims that made me think long and hard about the casualness of cruelty to women.
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
Ancient, beautiful, self-confident and distant.
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
I loved the classic noir detectives of Sam Spade (Hammett) and Philip Marlowe (Chandler) but my current favourite is Merrily Watkins, the C of E deliverance minister in the series by Phil Rickman. She’s troubled by doubt and inadequacy, yet she’s steady and brave in the face of evil. Her banter with her trying teenage daughter is also true and funny.
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
The longest periods of time I have spent in Edinburgh are on Scotland Street (within the wonderful pages of Alexander McCall Smith’s very funny novels).
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
Philip Marlowe for the quick wit and possible flirting, Merrily Watkins for the girly friendship and spiritual support, Harriet Vane (from the Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey novels) for the intelligent conversation, and the Burglar from the Lawrence Block Novels, also for the wit. If he had a job on I’d invite Elvis Cole, another wisecracking detective (Robert Crais novels)
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
It can be two strange lines overheard or an object. Anything really. Ideas arrived ready wrapped, and we shouldn’t ask how the angels deliver them. It’s rude.
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
For my first book, Divining Murder, I think the freedom Annie finds in her paganism conjures up (excuse the bad joke) Midnight at the Oasis. For my current novel, the third in the series is about a missing baby and the working title is These Little Things, so the theme song is in the title.
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.
‘Clockwork Banana, yes!’ said one of the two suits at the next table, looking at his flickering phone and pumping his arm.
‘Whit’s his problem?’ my companion said, crossing her long thin legs to get my attention again. She was trying to be off-hand and grown up, sitting in The Wash Bar with me, acting like this wasn’t her first time. Her makeup thick enough so that from this distance the barman couldn’t clock that she was about six years too young to be in here drinking Prosecco like it was lemonade.
‘Horses!’ I said shortly, brushing her thigh with my hand. She jumped a bit. I took my hand away. I had plans for her when we left this smart bar – but slowly, slowly catchee monkey.
‘Fuck!’ shouted the gambler again.
‘Greyfriar’s Bobby came in?’ The other suit said.
‘Ever fucking faithful.’ He waved a betting slip. The suits were proper, their voices loud, cause they owned the world. The happy gambler downed his pint and headed for the loo. A guy with that suit wouldn’t just have put on a pound each way. I was debating the cumulative odds whist looking at glossy twelve year old lips.
‘I’ll be back darlin’,’ I said leaning into her and she giggled. She smiled back at me, scared but trusting. I couldn’t wait. But business first.
Three minutes later, the Prosecco must’ve caught up with her, because she pushed the wrong loo door open and saw me – my bloody fist holding his head over a sink and my other hand clutching the slip.
Her eyes met mine. Her mouth opened, she turned and ran.
Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
Between the 13th-15th of October in Wigtown, the Scottish book town, there is a murder mystery weekend where there will be a lot of detection plus some writers talking about their work – including me!
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
The second Andromeda novel, Divining the Lost, left many of the recurring characters in transition and I have a lot to say about how these various threads play out. The back story of the missing ex-wife of a police detective was inspired by the various faces of domestic abuse that I have talked about with women (and men) over many years.
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