Interview with Chris Jonsson

What's the story behind your latest book?
A general election is only days away, and in London's East End tensions are running high as an extreme right-wing party looks set to win a seat. DI Sam Kagan reluctantly investigates a series of horrific and bizarre beatings and killings that might just, against all odds, be connected to the various rampant political nutters and religious loonies in the area.

During the course of his inquiries he discovers some very disturbing facts about his past, has to fend off inept gangsters who want to kill him and try and stop throwing up all the time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've always been a dreamer, always had odd thoughts and ideas sleeting through my mind, and writing is the perfect way to channel them into something safe as otherwise I'd probably be arrested for riding a bicycle naked. Again.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm not stuck on genres as such. I meet people who only ever read, say, crime or magical reality or historical fiction and always wonder why as they're missing out on so many good stories. I'll try just about anything as long as it makes me laugh or challenges my view of reality, Oh, I do prefer the surreal, the bizarre and the irreverent, but that's what makes me so normal.
What are you working on next?
The next book is about drugs, wind turbines, sex toys and gangsters. That's all I can say for now.
Describe your desk
My desk is old, wooden and has a worn leather top. There's nothing much on it but a screen, keyboard, mouse, Bible, dictionary, thesaurus and a shotgun. There's usually a cup of tea on it as well (if the vodka's run out).
When did you first start writing?
I can remember the first story I wrote. I must have been about seven or so. It began "The rickety old truck bounced down the rough track to the deserted farm . . ." I can't remember the rest of the story, but I know I got a gold star for it.

I didn't start writing fiction again until I was in my thirties, and even then it was just for my own amusement. I was spending a lot of time abroad on business back then and being stuck in a hotel room means your options are rather limited, so writing made a refreshing change from alcohol and self-abuse.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I couldn't get my work published any other way! I did, and still do, keep in contact with one agent who has given me lots of good advice, but apparently my writing doesn't suit their catalogue - the blind fools.

Mind you, I am rapidly coming to see the advantages of being an indie author. It will be hard work, but I hope ultimately fruitful.
Published 2014-06-09.
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Books by This Author

Brick Alley
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,200. Language: British English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Days before a General Election tensions are running high in London's East End as an extreme right-wing party looks set to win a seat. DI Sam Kagan, unfresh back from compassionate leave after the murder of his family, has to deal with a series of savage attacks and brutally bizarre murders. An election, political nutters, incompetent goons, fervent religious loonies and one very weak stomach.