What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
At the end of 2008, I discovered a few flash fiction sites. Most notably, Six Sentences and Powder Burn Flash. http://www.powderburnflash.com
I liked what I read and decided to give it a go. And things trundled forward from then on.
Before that, I’d attended a screenwriting course in London and produced the grand total of ONE screenplay. Which was crap. And I lost.
I also wrote lyrics with the songwriter Peter Ord, for a bit.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write as I do most other things – in an ad hoc, slap dash manner.
I’m not a good example for an aspiring writer as I have no work ethic.
I’m a feckless dilettante in all things.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I like anything where I can create mood, atmosphere.
So, in theory, no genre is better than others for me.
But I do really like a drop- or two- of the dark stuff. So the various strands of ‘noir’ — crime, horror really blow my skirt up.
What draws you to write in that genre?
To find light in the darkness, maybe? Or maybe I’m a sick, sick man who takes great pleasure in other people’s misfortunes. Or a bit both?
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
Blood Stained Sun is a novelette I’m writing for the Italian publisher, Atlantis. I’ve already written one for them- Red Esperanto, which is set in Warsaw.
They recently asked me to write a follow up. This one is set in Madrid and again features English hack Luke Case, who gets into ton of trouble when he gets involved with a singer.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I’m also writing a novella starring Roman Dalton, the werewolf P I that I created. He features in the Drunk On The Moon anthology http://romandalton.wordpress.com/about
It’s called The Neon Boneyard and it’s looking good, so far.
Where can people find out more about you?
Well, I’m a gadabout at Facebook and Twitter, mostly, but I’m also on Goodreads, Pinterest, Linkedin. Other such dives.
But the best place is my blog. http://pauldbrazill.wordpress.com
- Paul D. Brazill’s ‘In the Booth with His Books: Guns of Brixton & Gumshoe’ interview can be read here.