Who’s your Rogue?
My story is about a rogue called, Joe Elliot (No, not the lead singer from Def Leppard). In Fish out of Water, Joe is a mid-level criminal working in a larger criminal organisation run by a nasty piece of work called Jimmy O’Keefe. I’ve used these characters in other stories, in fact you’ll meet Joe and Jimmy a couple of times if you read my short story collection that’s coming soon from the guys that brought you Rogue. In this story Joe is finding legitimate fronts from which Jimmy can run his business.
The sequel to my Rogue story features at the end of my next short story collection… So, if you enjoy Fish out of Water don’t forget to pick up Urban Decay, when it’s released, to find out what happens next.
What crime would you really want to get away with?
We’d all like a lot of money, right? Anything that means I get away clean with more money than I could ever spend in my lifetime stolen from someone that’s exploited people to make that money. I’d then dish large chunks of it out to people I like and people that really need it… Basically, I’d like to be Robin Hood.
What author can’t you do without?
George Pelecanos, without doubt. I just love his work. I have to have everything he writes the minute it comes out and will drop whatever I’m reading to start something by Pelecanos as soon as I’ve got my hands on it.
What movie best captures the criminal life?
Tough question… The Godfather Pt II, no Carlito’s Way, wait… Goodfellas… um, maybe Casino, Mean Streets, Get Carter… Oh Donnie Brasco’s great too… No, The Godfather Pt II, definitely… I think…
Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?
In my dreams I’m a criminal mastermind
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