CRIMINALLY GOOD: Interview with author Owen Mullen

20170117_194234-11) So, who are you & what have you written?

My name is Owen Mullen, I am a Scottish writer of crime fiction. My first book is a thriller set in Pakistan. Over the next few months my publisher Bloodhound Books will be releasing 3 novels in the Charlie Cameron series set in Glasgow: Games People Play, Old Friends and New Enemies, and the third one … well, I’m afraid you will have to wait a little longer to find out about this one!

I have been writing for nine years, and that time has produced 7 novels. Before I began writing I was a professional musician and session singer in London, and music has a habit of creeping into my stories. LIKE my page on Facebook, plus follow me on Twitter as @OwenMullen6.

2) Why do you write crime fiction?

Good question. In the beginning the simple answer was to see if I could write in my favourite reading genre. Crime fiction demands a level of detail and planning that offers a challenge: can I make it believable? Also, many of my favourite authors are in this genre.

IMG_20170105_161646_2463) What informs your crime writing?

My interest in developing realistic crime fiction characters. I want the reader to feel that if they go to Glasgow tomorrow, they would meet these people. I also try to use the city almost like a character.

4) What’s your usual writing routine?

Straightforward for me! It’s all about turning up; that’s what gets results. So, 5 days a week, 8-2, target 1500 words after editing. Outside of this I will spend time in research and plotting.

5) Which crime book do you wish YOU’D written, and why?

It has to be The Hound of The Baskervilles. Probably the most famous of Sherlock Holmes novels. Back to that character thing: Conan Doyle created the most famous and iconic fictional detective of all time.

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