Out Now: The Bride with White Hair

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Out now in the global literary magazine The Wagon, it’s my short story inspired by my first trip to the Crime Festival at Harrogate. An unusual contract killer has second thoughts about the target she’s been hired to eliminate.

Check out The Wagon, which aims to ‘highlight the long multicultural history which is embedded at the heart of literature in English and constitute the body of contemporary modern writing.’ Pick up a copy and see the wide variety of tales that await you, fiction, non-fiction and pictorial.

Coming Soon: Paladins – David Jaggers

Look for the Paladins, warriors who protect. Balancing the scales of justice is just part of the job for David Jaggers. From a new anthology put together by Aidan Thorn to honour of the courage of Henrietta Furchtenicht. These gritty stories have one other thing in common: they’re all about people who step up to the fight because they see someone in need. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to Myeloma Foundation.

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Rogue: Matt Mattila

I think he may be the youngest in the bunch, but Matt Mattila has proved plenty tough.

1.Who’s your rogue?

Take the outcast boys you didn’t talk to in high school, put them out on cordoned-off city streets late one night in the middle of the largest protests in the past decade, throw in a little betrayal and brotherhood and four bullets and a thousand dollars in loot from the pawn shop they just broke into, and you’ve got “The Straggler and the Yes-Man.”

2. What crime would you really want to get away with?

I’d wanna get away with a straight-up cash robbery-not a diamond heist, not an art theft like some stuffy asshole, because the whole complex operation would be pretty useless if I couldn’t sell the stolen shit, right? In a cash robbery, I’ve already got the money. Easier done than said.

3. What author can’t you do without?

From writers still living, there’s too many to count, and I don’t want to leave names out, so I won’t namedrop anybody. From dead ones: Jim Thompson, David Goodis, Faulkner (bit of a stereotype, I know), just to name a few.

4. What movie best captures the criminal life?

“Pulp Fiction” captured the absolute unpredictable chaos of the criminal world, “The Town” brought psychology and regret to the table, “Gun Crazy” brought suspense and originality and is probably the finest noir flick I’ve ever seen. “Goodfellas” has been on for the past two hours and I have no idea why I’m still pretending to watch it, so it must be good.

5. Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?

To be a criminal mastermind and also to be a writer, you have to be as much a planner as you are a dreamer. Who you calling “mild-mannered”?

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