Interview with Jim Hamilton

What do your fans mean to you?
They are the reason I write. There seems no point in writing for the sake of it. If people don't enjoy it, it serves no purpose.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a further Inspector Carlos Rico novel. It is about a kidnapping and is once again based around Alicante. It isn't as gory as 'Alicante', that one was extreme.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.G. Ballard has been my greatest influence, though George Orwell, HG Wells and Damon Runyon have amused me over the years. Modern authors I like are Stuart McBride, Val MacDermaid and Ian Rankine.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. There is so much to live for. Take all of the positives and gorge yourself on them. They are freely available for everyone. Take a walk, eat something nice, drink too much wine: whatever tickles your fancy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I teach English to the local population in rural Spain, work on my own Spanish and love to play guitar or keyboard with friends. I am learning to play piano but have realized that this is where real music begins. Do I read? Seldom.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes by recommendation, but I mostly follow authors I like and know.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really. My head has always been full of words and I made my debut into writing by drafting speeches. Burns supper Immortal Memories were a specialty. Dystopia was in my head for a long time and writing it had a purgative effect..
What is your writing process?
Slap an outline onto paper, usually twenty chapters, though the book will take a life of its own if it has any worth. Thereafter, develop the characters and they will dictate how the book turns out. I have been very surprised where some of my books have taken me, sometimes far removed from the original concept. When asked about my books, I sometimes have to defer to the superior knowledge of the person who has just read it: my head is now in what I am writing, not what I have written.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find something that is catchy whilst reflecting the theme of the book. Eye candy is important.
Describe your desk
Organized, with hints of chaos. I have images of my main characters on the wall above my desk so as I can refer to them in moments of bemusement. I can look out of my window and watch the birds and squirrels sparring, while drinking copious amounts of tea. I make a sheet for each character and for the twists in the plot but my books never work out as planned. Additionally, in moments of indecision I drag out my guitar and bash out bad punk rock. It doesn't help my writing but it feels good.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Emptying my head. Thoughts build up and take strange directions if you don't vent them. Writing brings freedom from your internal demons. I would like to add that I don't actually have a Raul Berbegal inside.
Published 2014-11-22.
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Books by This Author

Camden Lock Down
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 87,920. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Seemingly unrelated events culminate in an explosion in London’s Camden Lock on one of the busiest days of the year. The evidence shows that the police aren’t blameless, and Inspector Bill ‘Tasty’ McManus is the controversial choice to investigate what happened in the Stables Market. A tapestry of lies and deceit wait around every corner, and Tasty finds that he has few allies in his quest.
Phoenix
Series: Alicante. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,740. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Oscar Sanchez broke his brother out of a burning psychiatric hospital for one reason: to kill. While the police investigate, the city burns with fatal consequences. After a long absence, the Silk Tie Killer has returned with a vengeance. As fire and asphyxiation rain down on Alicante, DI Carlos Rico must catch a ghost to end a nightmare, but it’s not that simple...
Assumption
Series: Alicante. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 104,140. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When a cruise ship is hijacked and a depositary robbed on the same weekend, the motives appear to be a VIP passenger for the former and €30 million for the latter, but all is not as it seems. Two local criminal entities are involved, but to what extent? As the body count rises, Inspector Carlos Rico, assisted by Tasty McManus from Scotland Yard, are drawn into the dark criminal world of Alicante.
Hidden
Series: Alicante. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,390. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When two rich siblings disappear, a veil of secrecy drops around the event. The mysterious Fixer controls the kidnapper, who hides his victims. Their father hides the kidnapping, but gives the impression that he is hiding much more. The Russians are hiding everything, as usual. Everyone in Alicante is lying and Inspector Carlos Rico and his team have to unearth the hidden to find the truth.
The Oubliette
Series: DI Jim Bennett. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,020. Language: British English. Published: November 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Undesirables are being removed from the streets, imprisoned in a medieval dungeon and tortured. A valuable work of art is stolen, or is it? Crack cocaine is making the streets of Welford far too dangerous, and DI Jim Bennett knows he is facing his toughest challenge and needs results fast. The third installation in the DI Jim Bennett series sees him face tougher challenges than ever before.
Hunted
Series: DI Jim Bennett. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,570. Language: British English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
An ex-soldier becomes a one-man crime wave, quickly graduating from ram raiding to armed robbery and worse. Metal theft and pick pocketing drain the already challenged police resources. Out of town, sheep are stolen and the Curnell foxhunt becomes increasingly violent. As DI Jim Bennett tries to resolve these issues, his life is further complicated by the arrival of a controversial new DCI.
Clean Sweep
Series: DI Jim Bennett. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,980. Language: British English. Published: November 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A family feud in Welford is spiced up as the Gypsies arrive and a girl is seriously assaulted. Every villain in town is a suspect, and DI Jim Bennett needs to find who did it before war breaks out. The disappearance of a young boy, a series of aggravated burglaries and a rape are added to the spiraling list of crimes. The pressure is on CID to get results and help is coming from an unknown source.
Alicante
Series: Alicante. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,200. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean city’s fiestas, it follows the transition of Raúl Berbegal from obsessive sociopath to sexually deviant psychopath. He pitches himself against one of Spain’s finest detectives, challenging him on the most personal of levels, and it seems that Berbegal’s bloodlust is insatiable. Inspector Carlos Rico is the only man who can stop him. Or can he?
fiVe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,260. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Media tie-in
New telecoms company, fiVe, wants its name to be on everyone’s lips and the fiVe Show is born. Saturday night would never be the same again. Journalist Rip Heggity thrusts himself into the ensuing melee, but uncovers more than he expects. This is not a simple game of winners and losers, and the involvement of sinister entities means finding the truth is far from easy.
The Verdict
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,430. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » African
A girl is seriously assaulted and a young man stands accused. He claims they were lovers, but there is nothing to support this claim as the victim lies in a coma. The jury are directed to return a unanimous verdict, but prejudices and conflict make this look unlikely. Is it feasible that a jury can reach a decision based entirely on what is heard in court? The Verdict asks this very question.
Dystopia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 85,690. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Britain in 2050 is a totalitarian state, isolated from the world. Eddie Thompson, an investigative journalist, wants to reveal the brutal injustice of the ruling regime, and this makes him a target for the State Security Force. When he is arrested, he discovers that something very dark is happening, and wants to tell the world what it is, with dire consequences. Dystopia is an unhappy place to be.