“The story which kicked it all off was one called, appropriately enough, ‘Paignton Noir,’ which was published by a Canadian literary magazine called Front & Centre back in 2007. That pretty much set the template for suburban intrigue, bloody violence and off-kilter investigations. Although, now I put my mind to it, I actually published a story called ‘Sleepyhead’ back in about 2004, which was a weird arthouse revenge story that took place on Winner Street, and took in local video shops and chain pubs, so I’ve been peddling this shtick for a while!”
This week, California crime writer Matt Phillips – author of Redbone, Bad Luck City, Three Kinds of Fool and Accidental Outlaws – gave me the Q&A treatment over at his Roughneck Dispatch blog.
We discussed the murky origins of Paignton Noir, the crime fiction protagonists that have influenced Joe Rey and my three main rules for writing. Check it out here.