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Today I’m on the ‘All Down the Line’ blogtour, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tour.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Andrew Field has spent most of his working life as a PR consultant raising the profiles of others. Now the roles are reversed as he steps into the spotlight with All Down The Line (published in 2020).
He handled Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday, developing innovative sports and cultural partnerships with TV and media platforms. Clients have also included a convicted armed bank robber and another who did eighteen months prison time for blackmail, although he didn’t know about their colourful backstories at the time. “I’d quizzed them more about their experiences. After all, hard-boiled grimness all adds to the mix, even if it is anecdotal.”
“Authors are by definition are relatively introverted. They work in isolation and inhabit imaginary world of their own creation. They can spend years staring at a computer screen bringing their characters to life. Then they have to become a different person to promote their work and market themselves.”
“Fiction is a great way to write about how you feel personally about this great thing we do called living. We disguise it by calling it crime fiction, but behind the genre there is a world view being expressed. In my eyes, the memorable books, films and music, good or bad, are the ones you’re still thinking about 24 or 48 hours after you finished reading, watching or listening.”
What can readers expect from Andrew’s work? “If you’re into noir from the likes of James Lee Burke, James Cain, James Ellroy, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Ted Lewis, Ed McBain and Jim Thompson, you’ll see where I am coming from.”
Andrew lives, works and plays in Northumberland, England, Europe, with his wife Catherine. A novella, Wicked Games was published in 2014. Without Rules in 2018 by Boomslang. All Down The Line will be published in December 2020.
MANCHESTER: Cain Bell thought he had closure over the hit and run death of his daughter. Ted Blake had confessed he was the behind the wheel just before he died.
Twenty years on and Cain’s world is thrown upside down when his fiancé claims the driver was lying. Before she says more, a savage attack leaves her in a coma fighting for her life.
To find out why Cain must uncover why four friends swore blind to never tell the truth about his daughter’s death.
Now, he must persuade Manchester’s most terrifying gangster to reveal the secrets that kept hidden for two decades.
And Billy McGinty is in no mood to break his own wall of silence.
Unless Cain can persuade him to talk, even if it means putting his own life on the line.
Published by Boomslang Books on 7th December 2020.
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 used to write outlines of stories when I was bored at school but always lacked the discipline and focus to turn that into a very high-risk career as a young man. A career in PR and communications — originally editing Removals & Storage magazine and doing PR for the British Association of Removers — seemed a much more sensible move. Now I am a tad older, I have more time to write and publish.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
When I was a kid it was war comics (graphic novel where Tommy thrashed Jerry), westerns by JT Edson (an Englishman who wrote over 130 books) and iconic youth culture masterpieces like Richard Allen’s Skinhead and Suedehead and Ian Hunter’s Diary of a Rock and Roll Star. The latter kept me sane at boarding school. Nowadays, I like great natural story telling, the shorter the better.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Elmore Leonard … I’d love to ask him how he makes his dialogue work … and how long it takes him to make his writing appear so natural. If he tells me it is all first draft, I’ll be devastated! And I’d like to thank him for his 10 Rules of Writing … they are fun and tongue in cheek but I’ve never used ‘suddenly’ to start an action scene … or a prologue!
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
China from Without Rules, if it was a character from my own work, although it would be coffee and smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels and not tea. Moss from No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. I’d like to ask him two things. Why he went back to the scene of the drug massacre to give a dying man water? The man in the car was going to die, no matter what he did. And why didn’t he transfer the money into another bag? Never made sense in the book or the film. But then we aren’t always sensible in real life.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
No music when I am writing first drafts or rewriting entire sections …. Music is allowed when I am editing or fine tuning.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
My ideas come from my imagination but are authenticated in the real world so they are plausible. My characters are always composites as I want to avoid being sued!!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Initially, I’d go with the flow, but experience says outline, write and edit until it is watertight without any plot potholes for unrealistic characters to fall in …
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Editing and time are the keys to good writing, unless you’re a born natural or can keep a straight face when you say you’re the king or the queen of the quick first draft. And focus on quality and being the best you can.
What are your future plans as an author?
Carry on writing for as long as I enjoy it. My partner Catherine was awarded a doctorate for studying flow, a concept where people report where they are completely involved in something to the point of losing track of time and of being unaware of everything else but the activity itself … The reward is the activity itself rather than fame, fortune and fans stroking your ego!!
Last, but not least: can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Simple. How would you convince Manchester’s nastiest and most ruthless gangster to spill the beans about the death of your daughter and an attack on your fiancée that has left her fighting for her life? And if you did that, what would your revenge look like?
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Andrew Field.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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