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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Rogue: Benedict J. Jones

Pennies cover1. Who’s your Rogue?
“Old Times” is the story of Danny, a petty criminal from south London who steps into the bigger leagues to fund his American dream. This dream turns to a nightmare on the back roads of Colorado as the winter closes in and we get to see that being a bit of a rogue isn’t the worst thing in the world – there are much worse lurking out there…

2. What crime would you really want to get away with?
Well, a big bag full of used bank notes would be nice.

3. What author can’t you do without?
There are a few but some of those I find myself going back to time and time again are; Jim Thompson, David Peace, Chester Himes, Phillip Kerr and Cormac McCarthy.

4. What movie best captures criminal life?
For me it is films like “The Friends of Eddie Coyle”, “Mona Lisa” and the like that portray the grimy low-level stuff. A lot of crime movies depict the criminal life at the higher echelons, “The Godfather” etcetera, and that’s fine but I like to see crime depicted at its most base.

5. Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild mannered dreamer?
Oh, mild mannered dreamer – but then a criminal mastermind would probably say that, wouldn’t he?

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Website benedictjjones.webs.com
Twitter @benedictjjones
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Rogue: Gareth Spark

  1. Who’s your Rogue?

Hi. My rogue is John Lee Dixon, a deserter from the US Army hiding in the Underworld of blitzed out and war beaten Britain. After his girl is murdered, he takes on the gangsters and spivs of the East End the only way he knows how, with ol’ fashioned Appalachian retribution and a LOT of bullets.

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

I’d like to ramraid the Bestseller list with a novel filled with furious anger…either that or rob a casino…preferably whilst wearing a tuxedo.

  1. What author can’t you do without?

The early Hemingway is kind of a spiritual big brother of mine, and always will be (this is pre-Safari and millionaire lifestyle Hem)…but I’d give up all the Hemingway in the world rather than lose Cormac McCarthy….

  1. What movie best captures the criminal life?

The criminals I’ve known have been more along the lines of Trainspotting than Goodfellas: tracksuit wearing predators, haunting the dole queue and the off licence and, above all, avoiding the dentist. Sexy Beast , however, best approximated the lives of some retired ‘gentlemen’ I knew in Spain, particularly in the opening third of the movie. It was quite authentic.

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

Both probably, depending on who you asked.

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@garethspark1

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Rogue: Craig Furchtenicht

  1. Who’s your Rogue?

The Brat Snatcher is a twisted little tale about a guy who scratches out a living by terrorizing delinquent children back to the straight and narrow. Sort of like a street level Dr. Phil, if you will. The fact that the parents of his victims pay for his services only helps him justify his choice in professions. He thoroughly enjoys the brutal aspect of his job and loses not a single wink of sleep when things get out of hand. His one redeeming quality is unveiled as the story winds down and we get to see that even the most sadistic bastard has a little compassion locked away inside them somewhere.

  1. What crime do you really want to get away with?

If they were giving out free passes for crimes of my choice, I would go with assault by shopping cart. The old lady at the checkout line with a fistful of coupons, ten rolls of pennies and way more time on her hands than I have patience for. I would take out more screaming children and annoying A-holes with cell phones than Frankenstein on Death Race 2000. It would be sweet.

  1. What author can’t you live without?

A few years ago I would have said Chuck Palahniuk, because his stuff is truly phenomenal. These days most of my reading material comes by way of the indie scene. The words crafted by my fellow Rogues as well as many other independent writers have stuck with me in a way that traditionally published books cannot.

  1. What movie best captures the criminal life?

I would have to say that Natural Born Killers pretty much sums up the criminal way of life. Who wouldn’t want to spend a day in the boots of Mickey or Mallory Knox?

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

On paper I am a master manipulator with a knack for bringing my devious plans to fruition. In reality I would probably get caught before I even stepped out of the house.

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Rogue: Bill Baber

Near to the Knuckle presents the latest Rogue: Bill Baber!

  • Who’s your Rogue?

Jimmy “The Douche” Scalzinni is a neighborhood guy from Hoboken with a gambling problem that has cost him everything. He makes one final wager where the stakes are high and losing will cost him his life. The odds are long but Jimmy likes his chances.

  • What crime would you really want to get away with?

I am terrified by the thought of spending even a single night behind bars so if I were ever to find myself in jail I would want to pull off a well planned escape.

  • What author can’t you do without?

As far as crime fiction, James Crumley, in my opinion, no one did it better. James Lee Burke is right up there and Ken Bruen opened my eyes to British crime fiction. So many others- Tom Pitts, Joe Clifford, Mike Monson, Rob Pierce, Chris DeWildt- the list goes on and on. And there are some amazing writers in this anthology. But if I were stuck on a desert Island? John Steinbeck.

  • What movie best captures the criminal life?

One of my favorites is an old Mickey Rourke film called “The Pope of Greenwich Village.” And I love old Bogart and Cagney gangster movies.

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

Definitely a dreamer but when I’m dreaming up story ideas there is nothing mild-mannered about it.

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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.

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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…

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Rogue: Richard Godwin

The next rogue up is a familiar one: Mr Glamour himself, Richard Godwin.

1. Who’s your Rogue?

Doing Prince is full of rogues: Mandy, the female protagonist is an art thief and a stripper who gets mixed up with gangster Gary and a man in tight shorts called Nelson as well as the gangster’s wife, Lucy who swings both ways. It’s a predatory world in which Gary, who thinks he is Prince, hires Mandy to steal a painting by Cecily Brown, Sweetie. When she nicks an Emin by mistake she realises she is part of a set up and Gary wants her to strip to Prince’s song Cream for him, but Mandy has other ideas.

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

The theft of a Caravaggio. [Ooh, good one!]

3. What author can’t you do without?

Among the living, James Lee Burke.

4. What movie best captures the criminal life?

No Country For Old Men. Of course it captures a lot more than that.

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

As Gary says to Mandy,

‘You’ve disappointed me, so you can do a little strip for me, you could even work at one of my clubs. Nelson said what you got between your legs looks like a sliced peach, have you ever seen his kitchen?’

Website:
www.richardgodwin.net

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/stanzazone

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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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