A Q&A with Fergus McNeill

We ask Fergus McNeill a few quick questions.

Posted on October 9, 2015 in Author Q&A
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Tell us a secret or a joke.

How many behavioural psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb has to want to change.

TinkerTailorIf you were stranded on a desert island and could take one crime novel, one DVD boxset and one character from a crime novel, who/what would you take?

For my novel, I’d choose Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John Le Carré – I know it’s not strictly considered a crime novel, but it has all the elements of a classic whodunit, and George Smiley is one of literature’s greatest investigators.

The DVD boxset would have to be the Granada TV series of Sherlock Holmes – I love Basil Rathbone and Benedict Cumberbatch, but Jeremy Brett will always be my personal favourite.

And I may be making a huge mistake with this last choice, but I’d invite Inspector Morse to be my crime novel character… though I suspect he wouldn’t thank me for marooning him on a desert island!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would be on the menu?

I’m not really a dinner party kind of person, but I’d love to have met the late sci-fi author Philip K Dick. We’d go to a 24hr diner, somewhere in the California desert, and chat through the night, eating eggs, bacon, and maple pancakes. Around about dawn, the waitress would switch from serving us coffee to orange juice.

Are you a hero or a villain?

I’m just a nice guy.

What would be the title of your autobiography? 

Not Enough Time

Blade Runner US One Sheet Linen-backedWhat is your favourite line from a film/TV series/book?

My favourite film quote is Roy Batty’s dying monologue from Blade Runner, even more impressive when you think that Rutger Hauer was ad-libbing. It ends so beautifully:
“…all these memories will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

Does your writing ever scare you?

Not particularly, but the research I do beforehand often does. It troubles me that even the most awful things I write about have already happened in real life. There are so many evil people out there – perhaps that’s one of the reasons I enjoy writing crime; I get to ensure there’s some justice in the end.

Who would your Cluedo character be and what would be your murder weapon?

Colonel Mustard – out of the male characters, he has the best hair. And I’d use the lead pipe, as blunt-trauma head injuries leave a lot less forensic evidence than a dagger or a revolver.

If you could write a book with any other crime or thriller writer, who would you choose and why?

Robert Galbraith / J K Rowling – she’s a phenomenal writer, and I think her name on the cover would ensure a few extra sales!

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