Matt Bendoris was awarded Arts and Entertainment Journalist of the Year 2016 for his work as chief feature writer with The Scottish Sun newspaper. His electric style of crime fiction writing earned him a shortlisting for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2015 with 'DM for Murder'. His latest novel 'Wicked Leaks' was released July 2016. Matt lives in Scotland with his wife and two children.
What was the idea behind Killing With Confidence?
I liked the idea of taking something that was essentially for good - i.e self-helps books - and have them used for evil by a serial killer. I like stories with a dark twist.
The book features two journalists April Lavender and Connor Presley, were they based on anyone you know?
The answer authors are supposed to give is 'no', but that's usually a lie. The truth is April is based on three or four people I've worked with during my (whisper it) quarter of a century in the newspaper industry. While Connor is based on a version of me - someone who thinks he's cool and better than he really is!
A serial killer who uses self-help motivational books to become a better murderer. The brutal death of a glamorous self-made millionairess. And an ageing, technophobic investigative journalist April Lavender with her young side-kick Connor Presley determined to crack the case – even if it kills them.