Today, I welcome Mr. Matthew Redford on my blog. My questions and his answers to it are to be seen below. Enjoy reading it, and I hope it’ll make you know him and his book more.
1. Can you tell me a short description of your book and what or who inspired you to write it?
Who Killed the Mince Spy? Follows the Food Related Crime team as they investigate the horrific murder of Mitchell, the mince spy who is over-baked in a fan oven. The team needs to understand why Mitchell was killed; who is the mysterious man with the long white beard and why the death of a mince spy smells so good. And to add to the confusion, the Government have only allowed Turkeys a vote on Christmas…
So what inspired me to write this book? Well, when I was writing my debut book the challenge, there was to see whether I would be able to write a decent crime fiction story using unconventional characters. Those characters were food sapiens, who are walking, talking food items. And when I was writing that book, I had a number of ideas for short stories which could involve the Food Related Crime team. With Christmas approaching, what else could be better than finding out Who Killed the Mince Spy?
2. What is your main goal in writing this book?
I enjoy humour, and I don’t take things too seriously, which I think will come through in the book quite clearly. I hope that whoever picks up the book can forget about any real-life troubles and delve into the quirky world of food sapiens.
3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
While the world I write about is one which is surreal, with food sapiens and homo sapiens working alongside each other, I want that world to be recognisable to the reader. So with that in mind, I will take real events and give them a twist.
So 2016 has been the year of the UK referendum on the EU. Let’s give that a twist and allow food sapiens in on the act. You end up with Turkeys being allowed a vote on whether they are for or against Christmas…
4. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
It has always held an appeal. As a child, I loved the world’s created by Roald Dahland the thought that I could create my own world, which people would enjoy reading about was magical.
But I never actually started writing until around 5 years ago. My career was my focus, and once I had that part of my life settled, I was able to think about other activities. I started to write, and we saw the birth of food sapiens.
5. How long does it take you to write a book?
This is a great question because my answer is going to be one of the total extremes.
My debut book Addicted to Death was written over the best part of 2-3 years. I wrote at weekends only and then not every weekend. In fact, there were months when I never went anywhere near the story.
But with Who Killed the Mince Spy? I had the idea, thought about it for a week or so, and then wrote the whole thing while on a two week pool holiday with my family. So one extreme to the other.
6. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
For the last book, it was fantastic because I had all the time in the world, sitting around in the glorious sunshine of Menorca!
But seriously, I like structure. So I like to make sure I have a specific time dedicated to writing, and then I can turn that off, and focus on other things.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Try not to judge me, but I am a big chess fan. So you will probably find me hunched over a board, posture terrible, a huge frown on my face trying to figure out how on earth I have managed to get myself into another losing position. So I am glutton for punishment really.
8. What does your family think of your writing?
They are extremely proud, and happily, they do not think I have lost the plot that completely in writing about food sapiens. My parents have been a fantastic support throughout my life, and they mean the world to me.
9. What was one of the most surprising things you’ve learned from writing your book?
A thread which has run through both of my books has been politics which came as a surprise because, although I find politics interesting to watch and read about, I didn’t specifically set out to have both books contain that as a thread. I think it is the absurdity of our political environment, which appeals, and I hope that comes through in my writing.
10. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I have had some really nice feedback and some lovely reviews from people who read my first book. It’s really nice to surprise people, and one review described Addicted to Death as ‘…the wackiest and bonkers of a crime thriller that I have ever read’, with another saying ‘…I haven’t laughed so much at a book for ages’.
I would love to get more feedback, and I hope that readers of your blog will try my books and let me know what they think. They can get in touch with me through my website www.matthewredford.com
That’s where this short interview ends. In a few hours, my review of his book will be posted. Stay tuned to know what I’ll say about Who Killed the Mince Spy.
Have a nice day, everyone! Always take care!
Born in 1980, Matthew Redford grew up with his parents and elder brother on a council estate in Bermondsey, south-east London. He now lives in Longfield, Kent takes masochistic pleasure in watching his favourite football team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, is a keen chess player and is planning future food-related crime novels. To counterbalance the quirkiness of his crime fiction, Redford is an accountant. His unconventional debut crime thriller, Addicted to Death: A Food Related Crime
Investigation was published by Clink Street Publishing last summer.