I found out today that my story 'Sisterhood' has been accepted into the 'Best Of British Crime Stories Volume 9'. That's about as good as it gets as far as I'm concerned and I'm honoured to have been selected.
Thanks to Maxim Jakubowski for all his splendid efforts.
News came the morning after I bought my first copy of 'Best Of British Crime Stories 8' which is an extraordinary collection. I already have my 2 contributor's copies, so this is one I promised to a friend for lending me the box sets of 'The Wire'.
In case you haven't seen the cast list for Volume 8, then it's about time you did.
The full list of contributors is as follows:
Ian Rankin, Mick Herron, Denise Mina, Edward Marston, Marilyn Todd, Kate Atkinson, Stuart MacBride, David Hewson, Alexander McCall Smith, Nigel Bird, Robert Barnard, Lin Anderson, Allan Guthrie, A.L. Kennedy, Simon Kernick, Roz Southey, Andrew Taylor, Sheila Quigley, Phil Lovesey, Declan Burke, Keith McCarthy, Christopher Brookmyre, Gerard Brennan, Matthew J. Elliott, Colin Bateman, Ray Banks, Simon Brett, Adrian Magson, Jay Stringer, Amy Myers, Nick Quantrill, Stephen Booth, Paul Johnston, Zoë Sharp, Paul D. Brazill, Peter Lovesey, Louise Welsh, Liza Cody, Peter Turnbull and Nicholas Royle.
Any one of those would be worth the entry fee alone, so what are you waiting for?
Pulp Ink also cracks on apace. We're at the proof-reading stage and it won't be long until it's sent on to Needle Publishing for the setting up.
And thanks to all those who put up comments on Pablo D'Stair's covers item. Looks like you made his mind up for him.
So to today's post where Roy Innes interviews Roy Innes, author of the Inspector Coswell series published by NeWest Press,
Interviewer: Your first novel was published in 2005. That would make you 65 years old at the time. Isn’t that taking the “late bloomer” to a bit of an extreme?
Interviewer: How much of you is there in your protagonist, Inspector Mark Coswell of the RCMP?
Interviewer: You are barely known in your own country and virtually unheard of anywhere else. Why do you think that is?
Interviewer: Do you think that the lack of significant angst in your protagonists goes against the grain of modern crime fiction?
Interviewer: Two of your novels are set in the wilderness regions of B.C. which wouldn’t likely be appealing to women readers (who buy the majority of books). Are you making a mistake doing that?
Interviewer: There is very little graphic violence and even less sex in your novels. Why?
Interviewer: Have you written anything other than mysteries?
Interviewer: Who is the modern author you most admire?
Interviewer: Is there a crime writer whom you’ve read and particularly enjoyed who isn’t one of the “big names”?
Interviewer: Will you continue writing crime novels or do you have aspirations for something more literary?
Many thanks Roy. We're looking forward to that Great Canadian novel.