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If it does, there's talk of a feature, so I'm excited about that. I'm really at my happiest on a film set, and best of all when I've got a meaty part that makes me part of the creative team together with the writer and director. Playing the lead in a west end musical, having never had a single rehearsal! To celebrate the start of our Summer Sound audiobook challenge we asked Stephen about being a writer, potential film adaptations and his love for libraries. I guess so, but as a teenager I never thought it was a proper job. I studied biochemistry at university but realised halfway through my course that I didn't want to be a scientist.
I switched to journalism, which I loved. I tried to write fiction several times but couldn't get anywhere but after I'd worked as a journalist for ten years on papers such as the Glasgow Herald, The Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail and The Times, I finally got the hang of writing fiction. Why did you decide to write thrillers? I wanted to write thrillers because they are the books I enjoy reading. I've never really enjoyed crime novels, at least not the cosy crime books where detectives follow police procedure to solve a case. I prefer reading - and writing - hard-bitten thrillers grounded in the real world.
I think publication of my fourth book, The Chinaman, because it was my breakthrough book and I earned enough money from it to write full-time, which I have done ever since.
Are you excited to see The Chinaman on the big screen when The Foreigner is released later this year? Hell yeah! Getting The Chinaman made into a film was a very long road, more than ten years in the making!
It's all down to an amazing producer - Wayne Godfrey - and his company The Fyzz. Wayne pushed and pushed to get the film made and it all came together when Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan agreed to star in it. The movie will be released in October and I'm really looking forward to it.
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I was overjoyed to have Jackie Chan playing the lead in the film, He's perfect for the role. When I wrote the book more than 25 years ago, I had Pierce in mind for the young IRA terrorist in the book, and it's great that over the years he's grown into the role of Hennessy! One of the scenes I saw being filmed was where Pierce is confronted by Jackie and it was great seeing them together. And I watched as they blew up a bus on a bridge over the Thames, which was quite something! How much involvement did you have with the film adaptation?
To be honest, my involvement has been minimal, though I did visit the set several times. Are we likely to see any more adaptations of your work in the future? As you have a background in television writing, could we see you adapting one of your characters for TV? Tango One, about three young undercover cops sent to bring down an international drugs baron, has already been filmed and will be out before the end of the year. Moves are also afoot to film my self-published book Private Dancer, about a travel writer who falls in love with a Thai go-go dancer.itlauto.com/wp-includes/parental/1023-localisation-portable.php
Your Dan "Spider" Shepherd series has been incredibly successful, could we one day see him on the big screen? In your dream casting who would you choose to take the role of Dan "Spider" Shepherd? I think the Spider books would make great movies, or a TV series. It all depends on the right producer spotting the books and getting behind them. It hasn't happened yet but I have my fingers crossed! Tom Hardy would be great as Spider, and he's about the right age. Jason Statham would be great, too. I love Clive Owen and physically he'd be perfect but he's probably a decade or so too old to play the part.
We're releasing a collection of Jack Nightingale short stories in audio in September, could we also see Jack Nightingale in the future? Who would you like to play him? There are no plans for a Nightingale movie or TV show but again I have my fingers crossed! I love them! I'm so pleased to see how many people now listen to them. Many years ago the spoken versions were really only for the visually impaired and they were seen as the poor relation of publishing. But now audio books are seen as entertainment that everyone can enjoy. I think the arrival of smartphones and download technology has had a lot to do with the surge in popularity.
In the old days they came on dozens of tapes, then CDs, and they were bulky and expensive. Now the price has come down and like eBooks they can be downloaded instantly. I get free copies of all my audio books and I often listen to them. I'm always impressed the quality and it's a very different experience from reading.
How important do you think finding the right reader is? I'm lucky in that the amazing Paul Thornley does many of my audiobooks. He's a great actor, so great he was able to play Ron Weasley on stage in the Harry Potter play despite not being ginger! He has a great sense of pace and timing and goes to a lot of trouble to make sure he gets the voices of the characters right.
He often emails me for the backstory of the character in my books so he can nail the accent. He's a real professional. I find audiobooks are great while driving. I tend to get bored with music on long drives and audiobooks are a terrific way of passing the time, with the advantage of course that you can keep your eyes on the road!
If you find yourself on the Tube in London during rush hour there's often no room to open a book or a newspaper, so audiobooks come in very handy there! They're also a great way of drifting off to sleep late at night, though I would hope that my books are so exciting that they'd keep you awake! I spent much of my childhood in libraries. I did most of my homework in the local library as I had four siblings and our house was always bedlam. During the school holidays where I didn't have a job I would read up to ten books a week from the local library - mainly science fiction. I couldn't afford to buy books and relied on the library for pretty much all my reading material.
Libraries are a vital resource and it is shameful the way the government -irrespective of the political party in power - have slashed library budgets and caused so many to be closed. The older I get the more I realise that the men and women in power in our country do not have the best interests of our citizens at heart. But they are closing down resources like libraries that cost the user nothing. Anyone can use a library and benefit from the knowledge within. But our Government doesn't care about libraries because they don't earn money.
It's all about money. Universities earn money, libraries don't, so they promote the former and shut down the latter. I understand that with the growth of the internet people have access to information no matter where they are. But libraries are more than just collections of books. They are safe places where people - no matter who they are and what their circumstances - can study and learn. And let's not forget librarians, a free resource for anyone who wants to widen and expand their knowledge.
I'm pretty sure it's a class thing.
Most working class homes are crowded and noisy and don't have many books. Middle class homes are generally quiet and supportive and filled with books. So who benefits most from libraries? Working class kids. Your average politician - be they Conservative, Labour or whatever - really has no idea what it is like to be working class kid who has to struggle to learn, so they really don't care about libraries. The more I think about it the angrier I get, so I'd best stop now! As both authors are debut novelists we're all very excited for what they do next.
Anthony Peardew is the Keeper of Lost Things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Broken-hearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects - the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind - and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, he worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners.
As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting housekeeper Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions that trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters New name. New family. Annie's mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. As her mother's trial looms, the secrets of her past won't let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name - Milly.
A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water. Good me. Bad me. She is, after all, her mother's daughter Before her writing career took off, she worked as a student nurse, a bookseller and went to Cambridge University to study Archaeology as a mature student. She enjoys medieval cookery and lives in Cambridge. It was something I always did, but about ten years ago I joined a writing group. That galvanised me, and after that I never looked back. I do carry a notebook, which I'll sometimes use if I'm out on the road.
For story ideas and snippets I'm more likely to use my phone because I always have my phone, but don't always have my bag! There's an app called Evernote which is just fantastic - not only can I type in bits and pieces, but I can record my voice and take photos too. Why did you choose to write crime fiction and psychological thrillers?
I love writing the thrillers particularly because they are an opportunity for me to examine my own fears - fears of the dark, of strangers, of being alone or betrayed. It's very cathartic. So many! I'm a big fangirl of the Gothic. It was also so much more - I thought it was amazing. Do you sketch out a character description before you start writing? Oh yes, for all the good it does!
But the only thing you can guarantee is that the descriptions will radically change. When I write a chapter breakdown the same thing happens - no way will it resemble the finished book, but it's a place to start. To quote Eisenhower: "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. Where did the inspiration come from for Dear Amy? I wrote a draft in about two months and not much changed over the years.
It's very peculiar, as that almost never happens for me. Normally there are bits and pieces - a single scene at the heart of the book, a sense of a character and the central dilemma of their life, and I build the book out of that. How did you research it? Reading, the internet, and also, for the Grove, the house at the heart of the novel, I drove out and visited some Jacobean houses, such as Gravetye Manor and Felbrigg Hall.
There is nothing quite like being in the place to get your imagination firing. I set a target of a thousand words a day. Inspiration is something you plough forwards towards - it rarely appears on demand. What do you most enjoy about writing? Losing yourself in it.
There are times when hours pass by in the blink of an eye, and when you look back over the words you don't remember putting them down. How has the success of Dear Amy affected your life? It's transformed it in that I get to do what I love first and foremost, instead of trying to fit it into the cracks of everything else. But it's also scary, because previously there were no consequences for failure, and your failures are how you grow as a writer. That said, I wouldn't change it for the world. Yes, I can! She's astounded and devastated by this as she had no idea anything was wrong.
As she digs deeper, she discovers that her mum, Nina, was involved with a cult in her youth - and furthermore was about to publish her experiences It's coming out in February next year, and I couldn't be more excited. Other YA novelists are finding success moving into the New Adult category. Armentrout, 32, from her home in West Virginia.
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