Paul: What the hell is Cutter’s Deal?
Julie: A novella published by Byker Books, which is a sweary tale of violence and nastiness set in the north-east of England.
What about Guns of Brixton – what’s that all about?
Paul: GOB is a mockney romp. A foul mouthed London-based crime caper influenced by Ealing Comedies, Carry On films and dodgy old punk songs.
Where did the idea for Cutter’s Deal come from?
Julie: A couple of years ago I wrote a short story called ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ (inspired by the Who song of the same name) for the Off The Record charity collection.
The main character was Mac, a crime boss with his own sense of right and wrong … but who wouldn’t shy away from doing whatever was necessary to show he was top dog and not to be messed with. When Byker Books asked if I was interested in writing a novella for the Best of British series, Mac popped into my head again. He was getting on in years; I wondered who the new players might be, what might happen if Mac was out of the game … and so Cutter was born.
How did you dream up Guns of Brixton?
Paul: I just wanted to have a story where a bunch of disparate characters’ lives intersect. Rather like in that turgid film Crash – but with men in drag and a saxophone playing hit man.
How much research – if any – was involved for Cutter’s Deal?
Julie: Very little with this one. It’s mostly about voice and force of personality.
Did you need to do much/any for Guns of Brixton?
Paul: No, I just checked a couple of London streets to make sure I got the geography mostly right.
Novellas are making a bit of a comeback, is it a form you are partial to?
Julie: Yes, very partial. Long enough to really get into a character or a story, short enough to be a relatively quick read.
How about you?
Paul: Yep, I think the same as you. I also think they’re a good way to break down a longer story into bite size slices.
Will there be a sequel to Cutter’s Deal?
Julie: Yes, I’m working on it now. There’ll be three parts altogether, although each will be written to stand alone.
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You’re good at series characters (Roman Dalton, Peter Ord) so how about you? Any plans for a follow-up to Guns of Brixton?
Paul: Yep, Holidays In The Sun is knocking about. There may even be one more.
What are you working on now?
Julie: In addition to the follow up to Cutter’s Deal, I have a novel (The Last Weekend) with my editor. Both should be out by the end of the year.
How about you, what are you up to?
Paul: Getting Blackwitch Press – my dalliance with publishing/self-publishing – moving. Mainly promoting Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI.
Also, something for the French publisher Meme and a secret project.
:: Cutter’s Deal and Guns of Brixton are part of Byker Books’Best of British series of novellas.
Paul Brazill: http://pauldbrazill.wordpress.com/ Julie Morrigan: http://www.juliemorrigan.co.uk/