Welcome to #TimeForCrime a new series here at Chapterinmylife.
I am inviting bloggers and authors talk about their favourite subject crime, with a set of quick-fire Q&As taking you to the dark heart of the person behind the book or the blog!
This week I am delighted to welcome author Owen Mullen.
Name: Owen Mullen
About You: Owen Mullen is a McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year long-listed novelist… And So It Began earned a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club ⭐Star Pick… When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.
So let’s delve into Owen’s darkest thoughts…
Why Crime Fiction: Crime fiction just hits the spot for me; drama and grit. Love it when the bad guy/gal gets it! So I suppose it’s about the righting of wrongs and for me this is where a PI comes in.
Favourite Book You Have Written: My favourite book is always the one I’m currently writing; the characters are so alive for me at that time. It’s too early to give anything away so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for more information.
You are stranded on a desert island, you can take one book, what will it be… I would take a huge book of blank paper and pens so that I could use the time to write… otherwise with only one book to read over and over I would go insane… I would also take my guitar if you’d let me!
Do you have a kill list and who is on it?…You’d never know it but I’m not a violent person. If I had a kill list, it would be all of the world’s crazy politicians who seem determined to steer a collision course with everything sane people hold dear… and it would have to be a gruesome end I’m afraid!
Top criminal (real or fiction)…Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes… a real smartass! I particularly like the way Andrew Scott portrays him in the TV series.
Top fictional detective… I like some of the old Hollywood types, but my favourite has got to be Sherlock; it’s so well written it’s hard to see past it.
Planner or pantser/organised or beautifully chaotic…In-betweener: Beginning and ending plotted; need to know this before I write a word. But that pesky bit in the middle always goes its own way… it’s amazing the plot twists that emerge with this method.
Favourite method of murder…For the aforementioned politicians; as they say “hanging is too good for them” let’s get all Roman here and throw them to the lions… or we could strap them to chairs with their eyes taped open and force them to watch a continuous loop of I’m A Celebrity!!! What a horrible way to go!
Best place to dispose a body…A sausage factory… kind of makes you think again about sausages doesn’t it!
Where can we find you?
I can always be found here… Worldwide Amazon Author Page… bit.ly/2n0sI51
Drinking coffee in the delightful town of Chania in Crete or hanging around the West End of Glasgow… oh and check out bookshops… I am probably the guy lurking in the corner!
Owen, thank you for joining me! OMG I will never look at a sausage in quite the same way again! And Murder by Celebrity, what a gruesome way to go!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Owen’s books and I would highly recommend you read them ALL!