I’m delighted to be welcoming Jack Strange to my hot seat chatting about Manchester Vice, another thrilling title in the exciting new Noirvellas series of dark crime and noir fiction from Coffin Hop Press.
Find out Jack Strange’s inspiration, his advice for his characters, favourite authors and more.
Publisher: Coffin Hop Press LTD (26 Oct. 2017)
Get ready for a taut, edge-of-your-seat thriller from best-selling UK author Jack Strange.
Brad Sharpe, a crime reporter for the Manchester Daily News, is tired of wasting his time on petty crimes and go-nowhere stories. Hungry for something bigger, and hoping to revive both his flagging career and his crumbling marriage, Brad connects himself to one of England’s most notorious serial killers. This might just be Brad’s biggest break, in more ways than one.
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Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Manchester Vice in 20 words or less.
The novel plots the journey of the protagonist Bradley Sharpe from conventional family man to crazed serial killer.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
I was inspired by the work of other authors. It made me want to write myself, and naturally I chose to write the sort of book I like to read – dark, twisted, and with a little bit of sly humour.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book Jack, what would it be?
Don’t do it!
Panster or plotter?
I’m a pantser. I like to have a central idea to drive the book forward, but I let the plot grow organically from the choices of my characters, rather than by working out in advance what’s going to happen. It’s more fun that way!
Which authors have influenced your writing Jack?
Russel H Greenan, Jim Thompson, Norman Mailer, Amanda Robson, Emma Curtis and Gillian Flynn. I enjoy writing about the dark side of humanity, and all these authors have had things to say on that subject. In particular, I enjoy stories told in the first person by unreliable narrators and/or unethical narrators. These authors have all written that kind of book. So have I.
Do you have a favourite book? What is it about that book?
I suppose it’d have to be It Happened in Boston? By Russel H Greenan. This is partly because I read it during my teens, and partly because there is much to like about the book. On a personal note, it’s told in the first person by a narrator who is either very misguided or a psychopath. Beyond that, it’s written in a fabulous prose style, has terrific characters and great plotting. You’ll have to read it to see what I mean!
What are you currently working on?
My current WIP is a novel with the theme that love makes people do terrible things. The working title is Love, Sick. I’ll probably stick with that title – I rather like it.
Are there any tips you could share with new writers?
There’s one crucial tip to give to all new writers. It’s one that’s been given over and over again, so please forgive me for my lack of originality. The tip is: keep writing.
What has been the worst part of your writing journey so far?
Accepting the hard truth that there are no short cuts to being a good writer. You just have to persevere. (See above!).
… and the best?
The many favourable reviews I’ve had. They’ve just about made the effort worthwhile.
Thank you for being my guest.
Wishing you success with all your writing projects Jack.
Jack Strange has had a very varied career. He’s worked in a morgue, dug holes for a living, shifted heavy things on and off trucks, sold advertising space, and was, for a while, a Lawyer.
He’s always read voraciously and has wanted to be a novelist since the age of ten. He wrote his first novel aged fourteen (it wasn’t very good but he’s come on a bit since then).
Jack’s favourite modern authors include Russell H. Greenan, Amanda Robson, Emma Curtis, Jim Thompson, and Simon Kernick (and a great many more – far too many to mention).
He enjoys parties and keeps himself fit. He is married with two adult daughters.
Connect with Jack Strange
Coffin Hp Press: https://coffinhop.com/crime/noirvellas-manchester-vice/