Welcome to my stop on CS Mclean’s They Shoot Corpses, Don’t They blog tour with Love Books Tours 🙂
Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for arranging the following interview with CS McLean…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
‘THEY SHOOT CORPSES DON’T THEY?’ is a harboiled private eye novel, set in a near future US city where the undead have risen. It’s a genre that I like to call ‘zombie noir.’
I was a finalist in the 2016 Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect competition where I pitched my brand of zombie noir to an panel of industry experts. I was lucky enough to return to Bloody Scotland in 2018 as a ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ author, reading out an excerpt from my debut novel before one of the main events.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
I follow Raymond Chandler’s advice – when in doubt have a man come through a door with a gun in his hand.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
No, it’s more like the other way around. It sometimes feels like Donald Trump is modelling himself after my Mayor character.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
Normally, I just use names that seem to fit the character. I sometimes take the name of a jazz/blues artist and then change a few letters. The name of my main character, Patrick O’Hare was derived from Pat Hare, a blues guitarist notorious for killing two people.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I’ve tried many different processes, including using detailed outlines, but for ‘THEY SHOOT CORPSES…’ I just winged it, with no idea what was going to happen from one chapter to the next.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Elmore Leonard, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Chester Himes, Joe R. Lansdale.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would ask Stephen King why he used the name Spike Milligan for the main character in his short story ‘Morning Deliveries’. That’s been bugging me for years.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes. I used to love Enid Blyton’s ‘Secret Seven’ books. By the time I hit my teenage years I was reading James Herbert books about people getting eaten alive by rats. I’m not quite sure how I made the transition from one to the other.
When did you start to write?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. When I was growing up we had an old-fashioned typewriter at home and I used to write stories on that because my handwriting was terrible. (It still is.)
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Jaws. In the original book, Brody and company are a pretty obnoxious bunch. I found myself rooting for the shark to win.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
Catch 22. I wish I had a mind that could come up with a just a fraction of the ideas that Heller manages to throw around in that book..
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
‘Not wrong, just different’
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
I’d like to invite Leonard Pine from Joe R Lansdale’s Hap & Leonard novels, and take him anywhere that sells vanilla cookies.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on a sequel, entitled ‘THE GHOUL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.’
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
When my debut novel was published, it was such a feeling of relief that I actually forgot to celebrate.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
I am on the usual social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, or by casting runes into a dark pit. Details are on my website, which is http://www.stumcwriter.com
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I published my novel under the name CS McLean to avoid confusion with another Stuart McLean, a Canadian humourist known for his Vinyl Cafe stories.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Stuart 🙂
An original blend of crime fiction and horror – Zombie Noir.
Pat O’Hare is the only (living) private detective in Farrelton, a crime-ridden city still recovering from the ravages of an undead uprising. Pat is hired to find the missing granddaughter of a rich industrialist. But, what starts out as simple enough job turns into a fight for survival as he finds himself pulled into a deadly mystery where nobody can be trusted. Helped only by a trigger happy ex-cop and a washed up boxer with a pathological fear of trees, Pat has to use every trick in the book just to stay alive. Caught between corrupt police, gun-wielding hitmen and a ruthless crime lord, Pat soon learns that the zombies are not the most dangerous creatures in town.
happy reading 🙂