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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?

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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?

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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?

Funny you should mention this. My next book which will be published in October and set in New Orleans does have a theme tune. A background as a musician comes in handy sometimes!

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.

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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

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Check out Owen Mullens book ~

Old Friends And New Enemies (PI Charlie Cameron Book 2)

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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.

Kelly x

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Games People Play @OwenMullen6 @Bloodhoundbook #QA

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An utterly gripping crime thriller from ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’

Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.

Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment, Charlie gets involved in the case and when more bodies are discovered the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades.

Is baby Lily the latest victim of a madman?

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go.

His demons won’t let him.

My Q&A with Owen Mullen

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Hi Kelly thanks for asking me here today, I’ll try to give you some insight into The Real Me.
I’ve been many things in my life – my CV looks a bit like Alan Whicker’s passport.  But, one morning ten years ago when I  decided I was going to write a book, was when I finally found what I should have been doing from the beginning. That started me on a journey I couldn’t have imagined and introduced me to many helpful people, some of whom are now friends. 
Writing the book turned out to be the easy bit. I didn’t realise how much energy and commitment it would take to get my work published.  I’d once thought getting a break in the music business was difficult – the book world is the music business on acid! Long story short: I signed a 3 book deal with the very forward-looking Bloodhound Books in September 2016. Games People Play, the first in the Charlie Cameron Glasgow PI series, launched in January and almost immediately achieved both bestseller badge and entry to the Amazon top 100.   
 
Describe yourself using three words?
Creative  Positive  Focussed

 

What inspired you to write your first novel?  
 
The global financial meltdown, and a most unwelcome electricity bill!

 

What time of day do you like to write?      
I pPrefer to start around 8 am although I am not really a morning person. I find if I don’t get to writing straight away then life takes over and the day is lost.

 

What is your favourite book and why?    
 
I have good memories of really enjoying early Stephen King books like Salem’s Lot and The Dead Zone. For me, he captured the essence of story telling 
How did you pick the title of your book?   
The title for Games People Play came from the old Joe South Song, which stuck in my mind and gave me the idea for the multi layered tale that followed. Old Friends And New Enemies really captures what is going on in the book. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead came from an old Irish toast. So I guess for me it varies, sometimes an idea from a song or a film etc and sometimes the story decides. 

 

Are the characters in your book based on real people?
Some of my characters come from memories I didn’t even know I had stashed away. Others, I create as the need arises in the unfolding story.  

 

What’s your favourite word?     
Obstreperous – a word my grandfather used…not too many opportunities to squeeze it in! 

 

If you were a colour what would it be?      
Midnight blue 

 

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?      
Always have both beginning and end, then the flow can commence! 

 

Who is your favourite Author?      
Don’t have one but I really like Conan Doyle 

 

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?    
James  Moriarty from the televised Sherlock – I loved his humour.

 

Are you working on a new project?      
Several – 3 days ago I completed the first novel in an American PI series, today I started Charlie Cameron 4. I have begun a London trilogy, and am putting finishing touches to a Pakistan thriller., which I loved writing. 
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You can order you copy today ~ Amazon UK
Thank you, Owen Mullen, for stopping by my blog today.

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