For Rebecca Chance, who asked for it…
Death of a DIva
My life, it seemed, had ended on one day
Until I came across a certain bar
And thought that I could turn the grim to gay
Which thus explains why we are where we are.
My star turns life’s been ended premature
And PC Plod has got me in the frame
And e’en my best friend is no longer sure
If I deserve to keep my own good name.
Add to the mix a Gangster who’s intent
On making my life hell if he’s involved
And plots galore both obvious and bent
And – for my sake – this mystery MUST be solved.
The end, now that you’ve had this little look?
Alas, you’ll have to buy the dam-ned book
My book Death of a Diva is out now from Fahrenheit Publishing.
To buy it, click here.
So, I was the featured author on Charlie Cochrane‘s blogs this week.
The first time – apart from a Fahrenheit chat when Death of a DIva was released – that I’ve been interviewed.
Typically, I agonised over the answers – do I want to appear pure comedy and silliness and risk not being taken seriously, or do I come across like a high brow Salman Rushdie and talk endlessly about my craft in tones that suggest I’d be happier doing the grouting, but that writing is a vocation for me, like, y’know, working with lepers is for other people..?
In the end, I went with “Just tell the fucking story, Derek, and stop over thinking,” which – I think – worked well.
I want to thank Charlie for being such a lovely person, and for questions that made me go “Oooh, I don’t have a glib answer ready for that.” I’m looking forward to reading some of her mysteries now.
The interview is here, if you’d like to read it, and you can buy Death of a Diva (a 5* book worth every penny of your money) here, if you haven’t already.
Guest author – Derek Farrell