Brit Grit Alley

Brit Grit Alley features interviews, news and updates on what's happening down British crime fiction's booze and blood soaked alleyways.

By Paul D. Brazill 

Today down Brit Grit Alley I have a short, sharp interview with Darren Sant:

PDB: Can you pitch your latest book in 25 words or less?

DS: Shattered Hearts and Broken Glass is the first novella set on the Longcroft Estate. Expect gangs, violence, social commentary, humour and more.

PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

DS: I've been going back to Stephen Kings writing and The Stand is gripping me right. TV Shows - I discovered Breaking Bad a few months ago. I have been racing through this genius programme. I now have season six in front of me. It's more addictive than Heizenberg Blue. Musically there is so much good stuff to choose from. Right now, I'm digging Jake Bugg's new album.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

DS: It's difficult. I struggle myself I have to admit. If I like something I tend to ignore the flaws. We’re all ultimately slaves to our own biases and prejudices.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

DS: I'd love to write character based plays but I'd really need a guiding hand to write for TV or theatre.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

DS: Not enough. This is an area I'll be working harder in the future. As my fiction gets longer it’s becoming more important.

PDB; How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?

DS: Without the social media I don't think my books would have reached as large an audience as they have. The support of others writers, bloggers and reviewers has been a critical factor. There is a very real sense of community in among all the flim flam and kitten memes.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2014?

DS: More P.I. Potter. A follow up to the Bank Manager and the Bum, and my first novel.

  There'll be more carryings on down Brit Grit Alley very soon, sorta kinda thing, like.

Paul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe, Guns Of Brixton and Roman Dalton - Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste. HE BLOGS HERE.