I’m really thrilled to be part of the Blog Tour for A Suitable Lie by Michael Malone
My review of the book is Here
Michael very kindly agreed to take part in an author Q&A for his visit to my blog today.
Hello Michael, I’ll start with ‘What kind of books do you like to read and who are your favourite authors?’
I like to read as broadly as possible, but I’m continually drawn to crime novels. I do think you should read in your genre anyway: it’s important that you know what is happening in your market. But I also enjoy the writing I find there. It can be thrilling/ emotional/ insightful/ terrifying/ funny – ALL of the emotions, while illustrating the world around us in a way other genres can’t seem to match.
I want to meet characters I can wear on my sleeve as some people wear their heart. I want books where the writer has taken trouble over their word choice. I want a strong, engaging voice. I want a story. I want to care. I want to laugh and/or cry. I want to read the way I might watch a movie through my fingers. I don’t need everything on this list to enjoy a book, but if a writer can make me do ALL of that, they have a fan for life.
Having said that, I often lose myself in a piece of fantasy fiction. Those guys and gals can write up a story storm!
Favourite authors? I find myself turning to writing from the US, Ireland and from my home country of Scotland. Writers for your readers to try out – supposing they haven’t already – Don Winslow, James Lee Burke, Megan Abbott, Meg Gardiner, Robert Crais, Peter May, Denise Mina, Caro Ramsay, Douglas Skelton, Craig Robertson, John Connolly, Declan Burke, Tana French … jeez, I could go ON AND ON. (And frequently do.)
Do you have a special preferred place in your home that you use for writing?
When I moved in to my current house I was drawn to the floored and lined loft space and imagined it with a desk in one corner, the walls edged with bookcases and with a big comfy armchair in another corner as a kind of reading station. So I did all that.
Then I filled it with all kinds of other junk; old desktop PCs, old TVs, skiing equipment, my son’s old toys, Christmas decorations etc etc – and the place is SUCH a mess I write at my dining table.
If you could choose anywhere in the world that you could visit for a peaceful holiday to just spend writing, where would it be?
I’d have several places. A wee bolt-hole in Paris, where I could write in the morning, then take a walk of an afternoon: sit outside at a café, sip some strong coffee and watch everyone as they walk by, while trusting that my sub-conscious was going to pull me out of the plot hole I’d worked myself into.
Next would be a cabin on the side of a well-groomed piste on a Swiss/ Italian/ French/ US/ Canadian mountain (I’m not fussy really). I’d write in the morning. Ski in the afternoon.
And when the snow has melted, and the tourists are filling the streets of Paris, I’d find a house on stilts in the Caribbean. There, the routine would be write in the morning – paddle, swim, scuba dive , sunbathe in the afternoon – then drinks in the evening. Man, do I need to make that happen. Sigh. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?
Michael, yes you need to make all of that happen!
One last question: Could you tell us a surprising fact about yourself, something not too widely known about.
A surprising fact? As a kid I used to do Highland dancing – the swords, a wee kilt and sporran, the lot. The dancing school teacher used to send me and her son out to dance at old folks homes, Burns Nights celebrations and all that kind of stuff. I even remember being on a float dancing through the Ayrshire town of Irvine.
Thank you Michael for visiting my blog today and answering questions. I particularly liked the surprising fact reply! Good luck with the book and your other writing. I’m going to catch up with your crime fiction series very soon.