The Picky Bookworm

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I am so thrilled for the opportunity to host my very first author interview! Ian Patrick was so kind to agree to this, and I really enjoyed getting to know the man behind the books a little better. Please continue reading for my interview!

Ian Patrick lives in Scotland, where he writes. His biography includes working with specialized police departments on child-related crimes, and has written 4 crime-related books. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Patrick on Twitter, where he very kindly agreed to this interview. Ready? Let’s go!

After working with the police force, what made you decide to start writing books?

The choice was one that took me by surprise. I had to retire three years shy of my thirty-years service as a Detective Sergeant with the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard. I was diagnosed with an unknown muscular dystrophy. I’d always written for fun and thought I’d try it for work and see where it took me. Four books and an option for a six part TV series for Rubicon later, and I’m so happy to be able to do what I do.

How old were you when you started writing?

I was thirteen when I first started writing stories at school. A teacher recognised that I was very descriptive so I guess you could say it was then.

If your reader could take one thing away from your books, what would you want it to be?

That we’re all human and everyone’s path is unique to them. Sometimes we think that change is as easy as making a choice not to do something and sometimes this is the case, but often the choice that looks to be so simple to make just isn’t. This is my experience after nearly thirty years working the streets in uniform and plain clothes. The people I worked with wanted to change but the people they ran with wouldn’t permit them to. They knew too much about the criminal organisations they worked with and if they decided they’d had enough they’d be at risk of significant harm, as would their families.

As a new reader of yours, what book would you recommend I start with, and why? I do own “How the Wired Weep,” but haven’t had a chance to start it yet.

How the Wired Weep as it’s a standalone and explores the issues in question 3.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? Why is that character your favorite?

That would have to be Stoner in Rubicon. She was a great to write.

Do you have any superstitious habits when you write? If so, are you willing to share?

None. For me writing is all about placing one word after another and hoping that by the time I reach the 90,000 mark I have a decent enough first draft.

How long does it typically take you to write a book?

If the story flows then I can have a first draft down in three months but normally I manage one book a year to publication standard.

What is your favorite genre to read? Who is your favorite author in that genre?

I like to read across genres so I don’t have a preference. After working as a detective I tend to avoid crime fiction unless I’m reading the likes of Ed McBain or Dennis Lehane. 

Richard Price’s Clockers is a superb book as that really gets to the roots of my reply in question 3. I also like Chuck Palahniuk. Fight Club is one of my favorite books of all time along with Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

What would you say to someone to make them pick up your book to read?

If you want to read a character driven story that’s focused on what it is to be human but is fast paced with a dose of authenticity then try anything I’ve written.

Check out Ian’s other books (click on the picture to be directed to Amazon UK)

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Thank you for joining me to visit with Ian Patrick! I will definitely be picking up his books! They sound so fun and so interesting! If you would like to connect with Ian, please join him on Twitter @IPatrick_Author. If you are interested in picking up any of his books, click on the pictures above. Thank you Ian for “visiting” with me!

Until next time, bookworms!

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