To celebrate the launch of Tony Kent’s brilliant new thriller Marked For Death, Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street, pulled out all the stops to bring together an amazing panel of top crime writing talent consisting of Tony, Neil Broadfoot and Mason Cross.
The crowd were out in force tonight for this tantalising trio!
Mason Cross led the questions for the evening and kicked proceedings taking about the killer hooks at the start of their books. Both Tony and Neil tend to go for the gruesome approach while Mason describes his a much more refined death that may or may not be a murder!
They talked about what comes first as a writer, the character or the plot. For Tony it is character, Michael Devlin, the Belfast born criminal barrister was born out of his own family situation. He described the school that he attended as being the type of school which produces the clients for barristers as opposed to the barristers themselves. Tony, of course, is a criminal barrister and this gave him the nugget of an idea of for Michael, a barrister with a secret past.
Neil on the other hand has a dark and twisted mind; his novels begin as a line or a scene in his head and he has a penchant for checking out perfect body dump sites on his travels!
Each of the authors prefer to stretch the boundaries of reality in their writing and explained that as long as you give a veneer of authenticity in the writing then it is generally accepted by readers.
There was a lively discussion around just how much of their characters are drawn from their own personalities and while there may be similarities in character traits, each writer explained their characters are very different from themselves.
The authors answered questions about their writing habits, the music they listened to when writing and advice for budding writers looking to get published.
As with all these events it was over way too soon! However book purchases were made and signings were provided, so I toddled off home a happy blogger!
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