Rogue: Aidan Thorn

ExilesAnother of the Exiled: it’s Rogue Aidan Thorn!

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

Find Aidan online:

Twitter: @AidanDFThorn

Web: http://aidanthornwriter.weebly.com

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Rogue: Robert Cowan

Rogues aplenty! The next one we’ve got is Robert Cowan

1. Who’s your Rogue?

Without wanting to give the game away, the main protagonist is Eddie, a man of conscience trapped in a life where he’s compelled to act against his nature. Conflicted, he goes about his business under Arthur’s malevolent gaze until…

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

I’d like to fiddle MP’s out of their expenses.

3. What author can’t you do without?

Jack Kerouac

4. What movie best captures the criminal life?

American, probably Mean Street. British, Performance. Not a typical crime film, but I just love it so much. The dialogue….Wow.

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

A timely question. My next novel, due out in the summer is called ‘Daydreams and Devils’. It’s a tale of young guys putting a band together and psychotic gangsters, whose paths collide. So I think I’m definitely a bit of both.

Find Robert at http://robertcowanbooks.com/

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Rogue: Tess Makovesky

Next Rogue up — why it’s Drag Noir star Tess Makovesky.

1. Who’s your Rogue?

It was time to take protection away from the protection racket. It was time to protect the victims from the Monk.” The hero in ‘Singing From the Same Sheet’ is nameless, faceless, part of the scenery. The people around him depend on him to help with their day to day woes, but barely notice him otherwise. He has a few surprises up his sleeve, though, particularly when it comes to an unpleasant local crime boss called The Monk. But just what does separate the good from the bad? Perhaps not as much as you might think…
2. What crime would you really want to get away with?

There are times, when the government is doing what governments do best, when a modern take on the Gunpowder Plot springs to mind…
3. What author can’t you do without?

Too many to mention since I’ll happily devour books by almost anyone if they capture my interest. However current favourites include Ann Cleeves, Peter May, Joanne Harris and Joanna Trollope. I love Cleeves’ invention of Vera Stanhope: she’s bossy, impatient, often rude, but warm-hearted and so true to life.
4. What movie best captures the criminal life?

Some of the low budget British films by the likes of BBC Films or Film Four are pretty good at that. Something like Mona Lisa, which perfectly sums up the pointlessness and tedium of a lot of crime, or The Bank Job, or for a more modern take on gang culture amongst the younger generation, My Brother the Devil.
5. Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?

I’m sure that in a past life Tess was an assassin who wore a slinky red dress, smoked cigarettes with the filter cut off, and hid stiletto blades in her stiletto heels. So, is that still the case? Well, I could tell you, but then I’d have to drown you in a vat of vodka…

Website: www.tessmakovesky.com

Blog: https://tessmakovesky.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tess.makovesky

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Rogue: J. David Jaggers

Kicking off a series of interviews with my fellow Rogue contributors, today it’s J. David Jaggers:

1. Who’s your Rogue?

Vincent (Vince) Doyle is a 40 something professional arsonist working for a small crime family. He has always been a loyal soldier and never asked questions, but lately he has had a bit of a mid life crisis and has been questioning his role in this world. A series of events beginning with the death of an innocent boy sets Vince on a new path that challenges everything that he knows about himself.

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

I think that being a master art forger would be fun. Having the ability to fool the experts by reproducing a master quality work appeals to me. Plus it pays better than writing.

3. What author can’t you do without?

There are so many, but the top handful would be Elmore Leonard, George V. Higgins, and George Pelecanos.

4. What movie best captures the criminal life?

The good ones all share some thread of reality, but one of my favorites is Killing Them Softly. And of course most of Guy Ritchie’s work.

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

To be a crime writer, you have to be both. You need to be constantly dreaming of new ideas and actively masterminding the best way to craft and produce the work. So my half-assed answer is both.

Check out J. David Jaggers at
http://www.straightrazorfiction.com

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News, Interviews and Reviews

Extricate AnimatedA few things out and about just now:

Over at the fabulous Mr B’s gaff, I blether about Viking Wrestling.

Not manly enough for you? Egil was also a world-class wrestler. No, they didn’t actually have titles back then, but trust me. You didn’t mess with Egil: he was the grandson of a werewolf and killed a boy with an axe when he was only seven. Egil rocks.

Over at Margrét Helgadóttir’s blog, I talk about noir and the inspiration behind Extricate:

Like my favorite noir stories, Extricate is about people who don’t see the options and make bad choices. Desire short circuits careful consideration: when your desire for something outweighs any sensible decisions. In this novella, Peter falls for Judy the instant he lights her cigarette, but she’s his best mate’s girl — and he’s already married. He decides to begin removing obstacles — starting with his wife.

And the first reviews are coming along at Amazon and they’re swell:

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