Wednesday the 6th April 2016 has to be marked down as one of the best days of my life so far and I am currently still floating somewhere above Cloud 9, the adjectives excited, nervous and thrilled all aptly describe the feeling’s that have been building up prior to today.
Because today I was lucky enough to interview bestselling author Peter James – the creator of the 17 million plus selling Roy Grace detective series and many more equally brilliant books, and to be speaking to an author of Peter’s standing was nerve racking to say the least but Peter was instantly friendly and put me at ease straight away and he gave consideration to my questions which he answered openly.
Once I had calmed down and remembered to breathe, I began speaking about a recent article I had read on the officer whom Roy Grace is based on and this lead nicely into my first question.
1) Would you have liked the life of a detective if you had not become an author?
I do think about this often and I find the job fascinating as it is one of the few careers that offer’s real job satisfaction because you can make a real difference to people’s lives, but I am not sure I would be brave enough.
2) Again a police themed question, as a supporter of The Old Police Cells Museum in Brighton what is your preferred exhibit?
Interesting question, they are all so unique but I have a fondness for the old White Police Hats worn by the Brighton Police Force as they remind me of summer and also the piece on Chief Constable Henry Solomon (1794 – 14 March 1844) who was murdered on the premises whilst interviewing a suspect, the culprit was detained and later hanged.
3) Is there anything that you regret having written?
Honestly, no but I am not very proud of Traveling Man and I would have most certainly written Dead Letter Drop, Atom Bomb Baby and Billionaire very differently now.
4) My favourite novel of yours is Perfect People and I recommend it frequently but what is your personal favourite of all your novels?
I always try to raise the bar with every book and improve each time, but personally Perfect People (I agree completely with his choice especially when Peter tells me some background behind the story and how it took 12 years to come into being) and also Dead Simple because it is the 1st Roy Grace
5) Which 4 fictional characters would you invite to a dinner party?
Hannibal Lector and I maybe I would give him someone’s brain to eat, Roy Grace of course and Ian Rankin’s Rebus to keep him company, also should have a female preferably an evil one – so that would be Jodie (the black widow in my next book)
9) And finally this question comes from my Aunt who is also a big fan and probably very jealous of me right now…Will Sandy ever make herself known to Roy?
Laughs, reading the next instalment Love You Dead should shed some light on that one.
A very happy me concludes the interview by thanking Peter sincerely for his time and the support that he has kindly given to my fledging blog and also to Linda and Alice for all their help with the planning and the pictures.
P.S I had one burning question left unasked during the interview due to time constraints which I was able to ask via email.
How do you keep track of the lives of all the people in your books? Am guessing a large spreadsheet?
My publishers created a Roy Grace “bible” with bios and timelines for every character however small and it is updated with every book.
New books by Peter James due for release later this year
Death Comes Knocking, Policing Roy Grace’s Brighton. A non fiction book by Graham Bartlett and Peter James.
Love You Dead. Roy Grace 12.
An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . .
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.