“Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “A sheer pleasure.” – Tana French. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville. “The effortless cool of Elmore Leonard at his peak.” – Ray Banks. “A fine writer at the top of his game.” – Lee Child.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

“Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?”: PD Brazill

Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...

What crime novel would you most like to have written?
Donna Moore’s OLD DOGS. A sweary Ealing comedy.

What fictional character would you most like to have been?
Matt Helm.

Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Well I did enjoy THE DA VINCI CODE, but I don’t feel guilty about that. Ian McEwan - he makes me feel all sensible, which is never a good thing.

Most satisfying writing moment?
Any time someone ‘gets’ what I do! Working on the edit of a story with Anne Frasier gave me a real ego boost, mind you.

The best Irish crime novel is …?
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.

What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
Adrian McKinty’s Michael Forsythe Trilogy would be great in Paul Greengrass’s hands.

Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Worst: It doesn’t pay well. Best: it beats working.

The pitch for your next book is …?
Battered bodies and battered Mars Bars.

Who are you reading right now?
I’ve just finished Danny Bowman’s cracking The Windowlicker Maker. Today, I’ll be catching up on stories at BEAT TO A PULP.

God appears and says you can only write OR read. Which would it be?
Write, because then I wouldn’t know how crap my stuff is.

The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Ad hoc, slapdash, twoddle.

PD Brazill writes the serial WARSAW MOON. His pic was taken by Kasia Martell.

18 comments:

Paul D. Brazill said...

Cheers for this, Dec!

Michael Solender said...

stonkingly good take from the Big Bamboozler!

Anonymous said...

Mr.Brazil is always on the ball, even if it's not his own; good stuff squire...now, about these Mars Bars...what do you want me to do with them?

Bernard S. Jansen said...

Wouldn't it be something to only be able to write. It'd be like being a prophet who speaks in a language he doesn't understand...

Paul D. Brazill said...

Ey, Marianne Faithfull left a comment.

Christopher Grant said...

Ad hoc, slapdash and twoddle, three new Smurfs as created by Paul D. Brazill.

Does this guy never rest?

Great interview, guys.

Alan Griffiths said...

Good to see you over here PDB.

jrlindermuth said...

Interesting. Mars Bars, eh?

Jeanette Cheezum said...

Smashing! Paul, you are always entertaining. Declan, is the name of a character in my second novel that takes place in Ireland. What a coincidence. It's not a nam we hear too much in Virginia.

Kathleen A. Ryan said...

Lovely interview, Declan. Great questions, and such interesting replies. Always a pleasure getting to know Paul better!

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Love this answer.

The best Irish crime novel is …?
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.

Richard Godwin said...

Incisive interview of the mercurial, sartorial Paul Brazill.
Great stuff.

Joyce said...

Great interview. It's always fun to peek a little deeper inside the mind of Paul Brazill. Intensely scary, perhaps--but, fun still!

R. Michael said...

Great interview. I particularly like the diverse questions and, of course, the answers. Well done.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Fun quickie of an interview!

Gothic Rain... said...

Hi! Paul D,Brazill,
My first time posting here at...Crime Alway Pays.
What a short and to the point
Q & A session...with author Paul D. Brazill.
Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Paul D. Brazill said...

Ta for stopping over,all. Great fun, that.

Richard, I'm about as sartorial as Albert Steptoe!

Sugar said...

Great interview, PDB!I'm going to look up a copy of Donna Moore's book. I need some 'swearing Ealing comedy' in my life!