Hi and welcome to my stop on Paul Harrison’s Chasing Monsters blog tour with Urbane Publications and Love Books Group Tours 🙂
Many thanks to Kelly @ LoveBooksGroup
Interview with Paul Harrison…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
Paul Harrison has several published books. You will find them all here – Paul Harrison’s Amazon Author Page
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
Mainly from my own life, past and present experiences, and of course from my encounters with serial killers across the globe.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Some are based on people I have come across in my life, yes. I can’t name them here though.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
I think about the areas the characters are based and try to fit names that would be recognisable there.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I commit everything, idea wise to paper, create back stories for everyone in the story, then I begin to plot. I let the story tell itself and unfold before me. It’s a bit scary sometimes. I never plan the ending, it just seems to happen.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
They change over time, however: Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Guy Fraser Sampson, Danielle Ramsey and Jon Goodman.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Stephen King. Where do you get your ideas from?
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes and no. I loved reading but spent much of my time outdoors, playing football.
When did you start to write?
At school, I was a prolific story teller. Then a few years later whilst I was in the police force, I decided to write my first book. It was true crime and I was fascinated by the Jack the Ripper case and the misinformation that existed in so many of the books.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Moby Dick – by Herman Melville. I would like to see that the whale survives, and not simply drag Ahab under the sea. I’d like to know the whale went on to have a happy life. I’m a huge animal lover by the way and hate to see any form of cruelty or abuse.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
I was asked by Reggie Kray to write his life story. I was a Police officers at the time and was advised by the Chief Constable that I would have to give up my career if I wrote it. Reg was such an interesting bloke, not only because of his infamous past, but as an individual. He told me things about himself that not many knew.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
You Didn’t Win!
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Batman, and we would go to a coffee shop in Garforth High Street, close to where I was raised. It was relating to Batman that helped me survive my childhood.
What are you working on right now?
A book about the unsolved US murderer known as The Zodiac killer.
Tell us about your last release?
Mind Games – Inside The Serial Killer Phenomenno, it’s about the psyche of serial killers, and my encounters with them. There is also a novel being released the same day – Chasing Monsters, which I loved writing.
Do you have a new release due?
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
Smile a lot and feel proud.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
They can contact me via my website www.paulharrisonauthor.co.uk or via Facebook Paul Harrison events or twitter pharrisonauthor
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I am so excited and happy with my writing life at the moment. Thanks to Matthew at Urbane Books for believing in me. They are an amazing publisher to work with.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Paul.
The first thrilling book in the Will Scott series.
In a sleepy northern seaside resort, The Eastborough Police Force is shocked into action when a heavily mutilated body is found in a quiet suburb. Murder rarely happens in these parts. Within a short space of time, the body count begins to rise rapidly, as a serial killer runs amok.
DI Will Scott is tasked with finding the murderer. In so doing he treads paths he never expected to traverse and uncovers a web of deceit where no one can be trusted.
The killer relentlessly continues to strike terror across the community, but without warning, the killing ground changes. Where will the killer strike next …?
Happy reading 🙂