Five minutes with...Linwood Barclay
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I am putting the finishing touches to a novel tentatively titled 360, which will be out next summer. I'm very excited about this book, think it may be my best, and as much as I'd love to tell everyone what it's about, I'm not going to say a word.
Q: Describe where you tend to do your writing
A: I do all my writing in my home study, which is a something of a testament to boyish immaturity. In addition to hundreds of books, the shelves are lined with kitschy sci-fi models of Gerry Anderson creations - Supercar, Stingray, Fireball XL5 - as well as various Batmobiles and the Seaview [submarine] from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The walls are adorned with framed bestseller lists, original art from Batman: The Animated Series, and gorgeous airbrushed renderings of 1950s automobiles, all painted by my late father, who was a commercial artist of some note. With all this to look at, who needs a window? But I do have a view of our front yard and our usually quiet residential street. Lots of squirrels, who could give a two-year-old lessons on how to cross the street safely.
Q: Tell us what you're reading right now
A: I just finished Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (published by Oneworld), and am just starting Gone by Lisa Gardner (published by Orion).
Q: What/who do you think is most exciting about crime writing at the moment?
A: At a time when publishing is going through something of a revolution, it's encouraging to see that good, solid crime thrillers remain as much in demand as ever, whatever format you choose. And there are so many talented writers out there, each tackling the form in their own way, that there's something for everyone.
Q: What are you looking forward to at this year's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival?
A: My books have been received more warmly in the UK than anywhere else, but the festival offers me my first opportunity to express personally my thanks to people who've read them. I've heard a lot of great things about Harrogate, and look forward to meeting old and new friends there.
Linwood Barclay will be appearing at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival on Friday 22nd July at 8.30pm. He is the author of Never Look Away published by Orion.