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Today I’m on the ‘Chloe: Never Forget’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but b
About the Author :
Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.
Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.
His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.
He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.
All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.
An off-duty detective gunned down. A dead woman. A student missing, feared dead. And now, a former policeman in search of his past. All these people, dead or alive, have one thing in common. D.I. Carl Sant must discover what it is.
A series of cold-case enquiries leads D.I. Sant and his colleagues to investigate a botched assassination plot dating back to the 1980s. The deeper they dig into the case, the more secrets are revealed, including shocking connections to the infamous National Front.
Meanwhile, the memory of former P.C. Tanner, survivor of the assassination horror, is beginning to recover. Sant must find Tanner, and find out who is behind it all – before his superiors lose their rag and more lives are lost.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’m a university lecturer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. That’s where my CHLOE novels are set. My first stab at authorship was writing textbooks for students, but they said they preferred stories, and I realised I did too.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I loved mystery stories. Enid Blyton especially (and those weird ones you had to solve yourself and the answers were found at the back of the book). I still love reading Blyton stories now, as a father, to my kids. They’re a bit dated, but just as thrilling.
Is there an writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Yes, but she’s no longer with us. I’d have loved a few tips on plotting from the Queen of Crime herself, good old Agatha.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d like to get to know Carl Sant. He’s my own creation and the lead detective in my novels, but he’s a very elusive type. Perhaps he’s someone I know. My alter-ego perhaps?
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I like silence. No music. Maybe the low chatter of talk on the radio, not loud enough to hear what’s being said. Oh, and I prefer a full stomach before pen meets paper.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I’m fine. It’s my alter-ego that’s bothering me. He comes up with some pretty dark material. I hope he knows where fantasy ends and reality begins. Or is it the other way round?
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I try to plot as far down the road as possible without losing the urge to make it up as I go along. Besides, it’s fun to let things take their natural course. I’m a great believer in the idea that there’s no such thing as finality. Loose ends are sometimes better untied.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Read a lot. Keep things in proportion. Never give up.
What are your futureplans as an author?
More crime thrillers. More of Detective Inspector Sant.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
All I would say to the reader of CHLOE: LOST GIRL and CHLOE: NEVER FORGET is… you cannot read too much into what happened in 1984. That year’s series of unfortunate events started the ball rolling for everything thereafter. How’s that?
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Dan Laughey.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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