#BloodyScotland “Meet the authors…” Douglas Skelton @BloodyScotland @DouglasSkelton1

Bloody Scotland

I’m getting a little bit excited! It is countdown to Bloody Scotland time! And in the run up to the event there is lots of fascinating information to share!

Today I have author, Douglas Skelton, join me to talk about himself, his books and of course the festival itself!

About Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival in 2012 with acclaimed writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm, then joined by Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown. Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new and established to the stage with always enthusiastic attendees who make the festival every bit as much as the writers do.

Priding ourselves as the literary festival where you can let down your hair and enjoy a drink at the bar with your favourite crime writer, we strive to put on entertaining as well as informative events during a weekend in September, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cosy crime and many more. With an international focus at the heart of Bloody Scotland, we are always looking to bring in crime writing talent from outside of Scotland whom you may not have heard about. You might, however, knows us for our annual Scotland vs England football cup which always draws a crowd and inevitably ends in tears for someone…

The Bloody Scotland Team 2018: Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, Craig Robertson, Jenny Brown, Muriel Binnie, Catriona Reynolds, Bob McDevitt, Laura Jones, Abir Mukherjee, Fiona Brownlee & Tim Donald

The festival takes place this year from the 21st -23rd September in the beautiful city of Stirling.

To check out the events taking place this year, have a wee look at the brochure 

Bloody Scotland Graphic
Copyright: Sharon Bairden 2018

So without further ado, let’s hear from Douglas…

Douglas Skelton

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I began my publishing career with true crime and Scottish criminal history books but now I’m making stuff up for a living. If some people are to be believed, a bit like reporting. In past lives I’ve been a bank clerk, tax officer, shelf stacker, progress chaser (don’t ask what that is – I didn’t know even when I was doing it), meat porter, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), reporter, editor, investigator. I’m also a dab hand with a doggie poop bag.

  1. You will be at BS this year, give me your elevator pitch for your event!

A murder mystery comedy play for radio. Which means we read from the scripts and take multiple parts.

  1. For those who have never been to BS before, I want you to convince them to attend…go!

It’s one of the friendliest, fun-filled festivals there is. My goodness, that’s a lot of fs. Being in Stirling it’s very centred, very focussed (another f word). It’s constantly surprising – never dull.

  1. Tell us a little about your new book, The Janus Run.

I’m always one for trying something new. The Queste books were different from the Davie McCall series, The Janus Run is different from them both. For one thing, it’s not set in Scotland. It’s a New York thriller, designed to be fast-paced – I describe it as Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos, in that the central character is a former black ops agent who teams up with a former Mafiosi to solve a murder. Together they’re pursued across the city by the cops, the feds and the mob.

  1. The best thing about being a part of the crime writing community?

It’s so chummy. These people write about murder and darkness and yet they are the friendliest and most supportive bunch you can ever meet. There seems to be no trace of professional jealousy (except on my part) and most of the authors I know will stretch out a hand when needed.

  1. Which of your fellow Scottish crime writers would you say is a must read?

How much space do you have? There are so many producing great work and I’d hate to miss someone out.

  1. What are you working on at the moment?

Again, something different – and it’ll be out next March, barring accidents, alien abduction and apocalypse.

  1. What are you reading just now?

The Relentless Tide by Denzil Meyrick. And it’s bloody good. I hate him.

  1. If you could give your younger self one piece of writing advice what would it be?

Just do it. Don’t think about doing it, don’t talk about doing it, don’t dream about doing it. Get it down. It might not work out, it might be rubbish, but you won’t know until you try. Be prepared for rejection and its pal dejection. And don’t watch ‘Lost- – it’ll disappoint you in the end.

  1. If you were to be marooned on a deserted island what author would you have accompany you and what book would you take?

I’d go for Dashiell Hammett because I’d bet he’d have a lot of great stories to tell. And I’d take a mahoosive great dictionary because when you think about it, all the other books are in there.

Thank you Douglas! You can get your tickets for Douglas’ event Carry On Sleuthing here It is well worth going to see but remember to take a change of underwear as you might just wet yourself laughing!

You can buy Douglas’ books at the event or via the links below:

Waterstones

Amazon UK

Amazon US

 

 

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