Today I’m very happy to be getting to know Paul Harrison – author of Revenge of the Malakim.
Tell us a little about your current novel, what readers can expect from it..
It’s an exciting, and fast paced, police procedural, with lots of surprises, twists and turns, that should keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
Based in Bridlington, in the fictional police area of Eastborough, it’s summer. The streets of the town are filled with tourists, and… a serial killer with a difference. This one, likes to get up close and personal with each victim. As the murders move around the country, to Leeds, Kettering, and London. Newly promoted DCI Will Scott and his team have their work cut out in catching the elusive killer.
Where did you grow up and what was family life like?
I’m originally from Carlisle, in Cumbria, but spent a lot of my life in Leeds. Family life as a child, was a challenge, to say the least. However, I came through it and still laugh, dance and dream, now, I have a wonderful family of my own.
Academic or creative at school?
Definitely creative. I was a non-studious schoolboy. Too busy larking about.
First job you *really* wanted to do?
It might sound obvious, but being a writer is brilliant. Every path of my life provided experiences that led me towards fulfilling my dream job.
Do you remember the moment you first wanted to write?
Yes, I always enjoyed writing, it first happened one night, when I was on duty as a police officer. I entered a short story competition, writing it during my break. I submitted it, and won. That was it. I have written ever since.
Who are your real life heroes?
There’s been a few, however, my German Shepherd dog, George, attacked two burglars in my home who, at the time were in the process of beating me up. My injuries were genuinely serious, the doctors said that George undoubtedly saved my life. He’s a top dog.
Funniest or most embarrassing situation you’ve found yourself in?
I have a large library of true crime books, around four thousands books. I have these lined up in bookcases. Once when my house was for sale, an interested party, a young woman, viewed the house. As we entered the library, she saw not only my book collection, but the covers from my true books on display. As she looked over at me, I smiled. Only to realise, she thought I may be a serial killer. She left the house before I could explain. Needless to say, she didn’t buy the house.
DIY expert or phone a friend?
I’d phone a friend every time. I can’t hammer a nail without hitting my thumb!
Sun worshipper or night owl?
I love the sunshine and I love my night time sleep, so its a no brainer, this one.
A book that had you in tears.
It’s going to sound soppy, but I loved Marley and Me. I love dogs, they are a big part of my life.
A book that made you laugh out loud.
Pies and Prejudice – In Search of the North. by Stuart Maconie. So accurate, and hilarious.
One piece of life advice you give everyone
Never, ever, give up on your dream. In life, there are two types of people, radiators and drains, listen to the radiators, ignore the drains.
Thanks so much!
About the Book:
It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda. As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems.
Publisher – Williams & Whiting