What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I was always kind of writing from way back – I say kind of because I’m sure it was all crap – when I was a kid I’d fill notebooks with rambling yarns that went and then and then and then … seemed to be fascinated with characters like Dracula and Frankenstein then too. Hmn. So ‘and then’ I grew up, became a journalist and started writing about the real world day to day. I suppose my current crime fiction slots in somewhere between the two extremes of this spectrum.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I sit in front of the PC and force myself to stick to strict deadlines and then when I miss them I force myself to stick to strict word counts. In the end, I just kind of hope for the best and anything I get down is a bonus.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
Tricky question, I’ve written in a few genres but my crime fiction is the only genre I’ve got published in so far. I’d like to write across a few genres but that’s a luxury few writers can afford these days. We’ll see…
What draws you to write in that genre?
Well, for crime, it’s the genre where people are closest to the edge, on the verge of cracking and forced to make choices most people never have to. It’s ready-made for drama.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
I’ve got my first Glasgow-set crime drama – THE RINGER – just about to come out through Blasted Heath, sometime early next year, and I’ve just finished a new Ayr-set police procedural called ARTEFACTS OF THE DEAD which has just landed on my agent’s desk. Strangely, because I never said I’d go back to him. I’ve got a new Gus Dury story on the go at the moment too, early days for that though, just started it.
What are your writing plans for the future?
Same as everyone else’s I suppose: to keep at it until the whole industry goes belly-up! Trying not to think about the future, to be honest, because it scares me too much.
Where can people find out more about you?
- Tony Black’s ‘In the Booth with His Book: His Father’s Son’ interview can be read here.