We recently had a phone call with the mysterious, fun crime writer Oscar King. Being big fans of his Harry Linley series, we were keen to speak to him about his work, life and writing!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was sitting with a group of friends and one of them started banging the table insisting “You have to write a book! You have to write a book!”
How long does it take you to write a book?
Typically about 6 months. I write in the evenings and at weekends when I’m not at my day job.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I’ll arrive home in the evening, have some family time then start writing at about 9pm through to about midnight. At weekends I’ll start writing at about 11am then work through to early evening.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I take real life events and fictionalise them, and because of my background I believe I have the technical knowledge to make the amended events entirely believable. Also, my books are written to make the reader smile.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
I either use real life experience or events that I have some back ground knowledge about. I also like to pick up on news stories that I can weave into the plot.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
First book was started in 2010 I was in my 40s
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Mostly work, but I have a good social life as well as pretty strict health and fitness regime.
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I’m on my fourth book now, I don’t actually have a favourite but Persian Roulette was a joy to write.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Concentrate on pace. Make the reader want to finish the page the chapter and the book. Keep them in suspense and looking for clues to what is going to happen next, plant those clues carefully.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Only on Amazon and those who know me. For most part they say nice things, I’m guessing if a reader doesn’t like a book they tend to stay mute!
What do you think makes a good story?
The most important aspect of thriller fiction is that it has to be believable.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Be a pilot, and I became one!