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In the Booth with Ruth – Darren Sant, Author

February 4, 2013 // 5 Comments

My writing, generally, is drawn by ideas and scenes that pop into my head. I try not to think in terms of genre if I can help it. An interest in human nature and what makes us tick are perhaps the things that drive me to drift towards crime on occasion...

In the Booth with Ruth – Steve Christie, Author

December 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

I’ve never really been one for setting a particular time of day aside for writing. It doesn’t work for me. You can’t just expect inspiration to hit you when you want it to. So, I prefer to write on the go so to speak. I use my iPod to jot down pieces of my story throughout the day then I spend the evening expanding on it...

In the Booth with Ruth – Graham Smith, Author

December 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

I just love the diversity of crime fiction. It encompasses such a wide range of styles from the likes of Silence of the Lambs to Miss Marple style cosy crimes to action led novels like Lee Child’s Reacher series to the historical artefacts range of novels such as The Da Vinci Code. I love the idea of setting a...

In the Booth with Ruth – Gerry McCullough, Author

December 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

I like writing about people. The whole idea of genres is a pain, to me. Dickens wasn’t restricted to one genre, for instance. But if I had to pick one type of book, I suppose it would be romantic thrillers. My first book, Belfast Girls, was cross genre. However, the next one, Danger Danger, and then the Angel series – Angel in Flight: An Angel Murphy Thriller, and...

In the Booth with Ruth – Nigel Bird, Author

December 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

Inspiration came from my friends who loved to read and write. The way they talked about books and put songs, poems and stories together seemed wonderfully cool. They led me to imagine worlds I’d never seen, worlds populated by romance, imagination and interesting people pushing at barriers, all the kinds of things I wanted in my life...

In the Booth with Ruth – RC Bridgestock, Authors

December 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

Friends and acquaintances had always told Bob, he should write a book with all the stories he could tell of real life events he had been party to, in his 30 year career. One day Bob saw an advert in the local press to join a college course to help you, ‘Write Your First Novel.’ He enrolled us both to my surprise and at the end of the first course we had our first draft for ‘Deadly Focus'...

In the Booth with Ruth – JD Mader, Author

December 7, 2012 // 1 Comment

I was essentially being groomed for a career in journalism. At the same time, I played in a punk rock band. I wrote lyrics constantly. We played shows and had a lot of fun. I hated being on stage, but I loved writing songs. I wrote a LOT. And I read constantly. When it was time to go to college, I was disillusioned with journalism. I was burnt out and it had changed just in a few years...

In the Booth with Ruth – Sheila Quigley, Author

December 6, 2012 // 1 Comment

Crime fiction although the first book I wrote was a horror about a biker gang. This did the rounds for a while then as it was going no where, because horror was not in fashion at the time, Oh Yes genre fiction goes round and round, look what’s hot at the moment!...Anyhow I wrote a comedy drama screen play, sent it off and the day my agent got it he phoned up and said this is brilliant but will you write a crime thriller set in the north east...

In the Booth with Ruth – Darren E Laws, Author & Publisher

December 5, 2012 // 1 Comment

I find something fascinating about the darker side of human nature. It’s compelling trying to understand what drives people to do things that ‘normal’ people find abhorrent, and what is scary is that often there seems to be no rationale. I think fiction deserves honesty and cannot abide glamorising violence. I think that is far more dangerous than being brutally honest over issues such as love and death...

In the Booth with Ruth – Fiona Johnson aka McDroll, Author

December 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

What gives anyone the right to write? I don’t think that it’s vital to have some great long pedigree that legitimates the writing process. Anybody and everybody should try writing because every single person has a story to tell. In some ways, the more ordinary the life; the more fascinating the story will be because people are also varied and struggle through life any way they can manage...

In the Booth with Ruth – Mandasue Heller, Author

December 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

I guess my personal experiences have given me a great insight into the emotional and psychological effects of crime; and as heroin was a massive problem when I lived in Hulme, I also have first-hand knowledge of the world of drugs, having seen far too many of my friends get gripped and destroyed by it. That said, I never write about real people. It would be far too restrictive...

In the Booth with Ruth – Ian Ayris, Author

November 30, 2012 // 5 Comments

Reading became my teacher. I read loads of Charlie Dickens, I read my dad’s copy of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich when I was about fourteen, and also his copy of Catch-22 – and whatever else I could get my hands on - none of which helped my school work, but hey ho, you know, wasn’t the end of the world. Then, at thirty nine, a voice came into my head and started telling me a story. ..

In the Booth with Ruth – Stephen Leather, Author

November 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

I enjoy writing action scenes with snappy dialogue. Nothing bores me faster than a couple of cops plodding along to solve a murder that no one really cares about. I want doors to be kicked down, guns to be blazing and the odd chair being thrown through a window. And if there’s a government conspiracy somewhere at the back of it then so much the better!

In the Booth with Ruth – Matt Hilton, Author

November 18, 2012 // 5 Comments

I’m lucky in that I’m able to write full time, but that doesn’t mean I can be blasé about it. I’m a terrible procrastinator and if I didn’t force myself to sit down and write I’d spend too much time navel gazing or skipping around the social media networks. I try to write every day, and stay long hours at the keyboard...