Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I am pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Treble Clef (The Harrogate Crime Series #8) by Malcolm Hollingdrake by featuring a Q & A with the author.
My thanks to Caroline Vincent for the tour invite and to Malcolm Hollingdrake too.
Treble Clef (The Harrogate Crime Series #8).
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1172 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Released: June 6th, 2019.
- Amazon UK
Harrogate attracts hundreds of players to the annual Games Convention and for one player it is the perfect opportunity to kill by the mechanics of his own sinister game. Each victim will die in the same way. Each will be classed as the loser and their time will have run out. The escape room and the game table will draw more, each believing they are invincible.
However, in every game there is always a traitor waiting in the wings.
The latest in the bestselling Harrogate Crime Series.
Author Q & A
Q Why did you write a book?
Now there’s a question. Not why did you write this book but a book. They say that they climbed Everest because it was there, a challenge before them, but a mountain is tangible… a book, however, is an abstract, a desire, a dream. It is a collection of ideas. I had always written during my teaching career, initially children’s stories but I had an itch to write about the injustice I felt for the troops returning from the war in the Gulf. The Government denied the existence of Gulf War Syndrome and the publicised personal battles some troops fought on their return, and in some cases lost, as a result of being rushed into war. Linking my experience of living in Cairo and Northern Cyprus gave me the material to write a book.
Q Do you write every day?
Writing is a pleasure. I do try to write on a daily basis. If it is only committing to a target of words. I love writing short stories. Hitting the target of the number of words set is always fun.
Q Do you work to a plot or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?
I just sit and write and let the story take me along for the ride. That sounds foolish but it has always been the case. I may have an idea, usually arriving in the middle of the night, and I will make notes and maybe write that specific idea and store it. Strangely, I never have the ending in mind. On occasion, I can be three-quarters through (I target around 75,000 words) and I still have no idea of the conclusion. And then, out of the blue, the idea comes.
Q How long does it take you to write a book?
How long is a piece of string? The shortest period is seven weeks and one took nearly two years.
Q What’s the worst thing about writing a book?
The worst part is after all of the writing, proofing, editing and designing is completed. It is the day the reviews come in. Will it be accepted and be enjoyed?
Q What’s the best thing about writing a book?
Every element up until… please see previous comment.
Q Why did you choose your particular genre?
It was one of the most popular genres and it appealed. I could research police procedures. I have a number of friends in the force and my brother-in-law is a police inspector as well as having links to other major police departments.
Q If you had to write in a different genre, which would you choose?
I would love to write a love story.
Q Which book character do you wish you had written?
For monetary reasons it would have to be either Harry Potter or James Bond. That is the Yorkshireman coming out, pockets before culture. Seriously, and this might sound foolish and simple, but I adore Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. As it says on the cover – He gives me flight. He makes me young. Great writing and a wonderful character. Read it and listen to the soundtrack by Neil Diamond on a day by the sea.
Q What do you think are the best and the worst about social media?
It’s a tool. Social media opens a vast marketplace of eager readers, many of whom become friends, but it has a voracious appetite for one’s time and attention. If you can achieve a balance, then it can be your best friend. If not, it can be your worst enemy.
A few questions, just for fun:
Q If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Wander around GCHQ with a large note book and camera. Think of all the real-time intelligence you would garner to prepare an interesting novel.
Q If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?
Driving through the Vosges Mountains, the sun would be out and the top would be off the car, preferably a Porsche. We would stop in Munster to watch the cranes nesting on the chimneys before walking round the local market to buy Munster cheese and then back to the square to drink Alsace wine and share a Flammekueche to finish the day. Cheers!
Q What’s your signature dish?
Yorkshire pudding and onion gravy as a starter course. Apple sauce on the side is just wonderful.
Q If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!”
I’m reminded of this Robert Burns quotation. With this in mind, I would be my wife for one day. We have been together for 48 years. Maybe being in her head would help me better understand just what she has to put up with day after day!
The Harrogate Crime Series.
- Only the Dead – Amazon UK
- Hell’s Gate – Amazon UK
- Flesh Evidence – Amazon UK
- Game Point – Amazon UK
- Dying Art – Amazon UK
- Crossed Out – Amazon UK
- The Third Breath – Amazon UK
- Treble Clef – Amazon UK
About Malcolm Hollingdrake.
You could say that the writing was clearly on the wall for someone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author, but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.
Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.
He has written a number of successful short stories, has nine books now available and is presently writing the eighth crime novel set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Born in Bradford and spending three years at Ripon College, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all the DCI Bennett novels.
Currently, Malcolm is writing a new series which is set in Merseyside.
Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It is a hobby he has bestowed upon DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his successful Bennett series.
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