‘Closing the Distance’ was the first lonely thing I had done. I learned that the process was creative yes, exciting certainly, but ultimately a question of determination and stamina.
My interest in crime writing was sparked by my parents’ collection of John Creasey and Edgar Wallace novels on the bookshelves at home. I discovered Eric Ambler when I was a student. Then Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald and Elmore Leonard. And Sue Grafton and Robert B Parker. Another one of my heroes, Stephen J Cannell, said about writing crime stories… ‘All the way through, keep asking yourself – what is the bad guy doing?’ I appreciate the debt I owe them all.
The crime section in bookshops and libraries is a crowded space. But crime is a flexible commodity. Uniquely, it gives the author enormous scope. And in the best of hands it can cross boundaries and embrace all other genres.
So please read on… ”