Monday, 5 December 2011

PUSH-UPS: Shona MacLean

So, what you pushing right now?
Crucible of Secrets, 3rd in Alexander Seaton series (started to type trilogy there. V. bad news from publishers re. book 4 then, I presume)

What’s the hook?
C17th Scotland. Murder in the Library. Box of old books (Look, you don’t go to historical crime for cutting edge, ok?)

And why’s that floating your boat?
I love old stuff – old books, old libraries, dead librarians (scrap that last bit). Also, if you write about old stuff, you have to do a lot of research in places with tea rooms. Cappuccino and scone, anyone?

When did you turn to crime?
2001. Rented farm cottage. No street lights. No street. Mud. Mice. Slugs. Teething baby. Wouldn’t you?

Hardboiled or Noir, classic or contemporary?
Reading? – contemporary and the odd bit of classic (to go with the scones)
Writing? – you tell me.

And, what’s blown you away lately?
Peter May, The Black House. Murder, Hebrides, Crazy Gaels, lots of brooding and thwarted love. Islington it’s not.

See any books as movies waiting to happen?
Any or all of Craig Russell’s Fabel books. Think Larsson, think Mankell, think Hamburg, but Craig was doing this long before Millennium hit the shelves.

Mainstream or indie - paper or digital?
Mainstream. Paper.

Shout us a website worth visiting …
International Crime writers Reality Check:
It’s all there, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Finally, tell us any old shit about yourself …
Aw, you really don’t want to know. My roots need doing, I’ve got a Labrador called Scooby, and my two favourite things as a teenager were Latin and Joey Ramone.