I'm delighted to welcome Brian McGilloway to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Brian writes the Lucy Black Thriller series. Bad Blood, the fourth book in the series, was released last month.
Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
BM: I’m a big fan of James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux. I suspect the strength of his voice is possibly what makes him so appealing; there’s such a wonderful cadence to his narrative that it reads almost like Romantic poetry as much as hard boiled prose, and that’s quite a feat to manage. I think all fictional detectives operate by their own moral compass and, for me, Robicheaux’s moral compass is one that I admire.
Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?
BM: The Lucy books began with Little Girl Lost, which was inspired by an incident where a child was found wandering in a snow storm in her night clothes which became the opening of the book. All the Lucy books (and the Devlins to a lesser extent) are very much informed by what is happening in Northern Ireland. I tend to see things which fascinate or disturb me and I want to impose some sort of fictional order or justice on them. Bad Blood was inspired by an incident in 2014 where someone targeted a family of Romanian immigrants by writing ‘Romans Out’ on the wall of their house. I believed it symptomatic of a rise in right wing intolerance both here in Ireland and further afield.
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
BM: Honestly, I wrote my first book just for me, as something I would like to read when many of the series I loved as a reader were coming to an end. But once it was written, I realized that a book doesn’t really come alive until it is being read. Writers are story-tellers and telling necessitates a listener. I sent it out to see if anyone would be interested in listening to the stories I felt compelled to tell and I was thrilled that, eventually, someone was.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
BM: F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books of all time and I suspect he’d have plenty of great stories to tell.
James Lee Burke – He’s the greatest living crime writer in my opinion. Enough said.
Umberto Eco – I love the Name of the Rose and the way in which Eco managed to make language itself part of the mystery. I studied Post-Modernist literature as part of my degree twenty-five years ago and Eco’s work featured highly.
Shakespeare – I’m an English teacher. King Lear is just stunning.
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
BM: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck. It’s a new thriller written by Stuart Neville under a pseudonym and so far it’s superb.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
BM: I teach full time, have four kids and write. Going to the cinema and watching rugby matches are about as much as I can manage at the moment in whatever spare time I can find.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
BM: I’m a coeliac so gluten free bread, gluten free Bakewell Tarts, tea (always tea) and marmalade for toast.
Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?
BM: At the minute I’m working on a new Devlin novel. I took a break from the series in 2012 – he stopped speaking to me, I guess – but recently his voice has been in my head and I’m delighted to hear from him again.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
BM: Writing is a privilege. Being able to share your stories and have people listen to them is such an honour – I think that’s the key thing that stands out for me. And hearing from people who have enjoyed the stories is lovely.
by Brian McGilloway
on Tour June 26 - July 31, 2017
DS Lucy Black is called in to investigate. As Lucy delves into the community, tensions begin to rise as the man’s death draws the attention of the local Gay Rights group to a hate-speech Pastor who, days earlier, had advocated the stoning of gay people and who refuses to retract his statement.
Things become further complicated with the emergence of a far-right group targeting immigrants in a local working-class estate. As their attacks escalate, Lucy and her boss, Tom Fleming, must also deal with the building power struggle between an old paramilitary commander and his deputy that threatens to further enflame an already volatile situation.
Hatred and complicity abound in McGilloway’s new Lucy Black thriller. Compelling and current, Bad Blood is an expertly crafted and acutely observed page-turner, delivering the punch that readers of Little Lost Girl have grown to expect.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0062684558 (ISBN13: 9780062684554)
Series: DS Lucy Black #4
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