Wednesday, 23 August 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Chris Whitaker

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


to share his BEST OF CRIME ...

John Hart. It was after reading The Last Child that I decided to quit my city job and have a go at writing a book. I recently found out he has a copy of All The Wicked Girls. Sometimes I lay awake at night and think of him holding it/me.    

Mystic River, because it did justice to the book. Sean Penn was such a perfect Jimmy, he earned his Oscar that year.   


The Sopranos, everything else is a very distant second. I have a painting of Tony Soprano in my office and still can’t believe James Gandolfini is no longer with us. 

That dude from Silence of the Lambs that makes a skin suit. He scares the absolute shit out of me. If he approached I’d just give him all my skin, he wouldn’t even have to ask.  


Rust Cohle and Marty Hart from the first season of True Detective. God, that show was insanely good.
In books I would go with Tom Reynolds from the series by Jo Spain, because he’s a badass and he’s funny. Jo said she modelled him on me.    

Piggy and the boulder comes to mind. Poor guy.
I’d quite like to kill someone with kindness. On a separate note, I’d like to use this platform to tell my wife how much I love her. 

When Tom Ripley beats Dickie with the oar. Destroying something so pretty, it ain’t right. 

I used the International Dialects of English Archive to listen to Alabamans. I really wanted the dialogue to be authentic so spent many hours just listening. There’s lots of websites where you can do this and I found them invaluable.  

Be fearless. Take risks. If it becomes a box ticking exercise then tear it up and start again. Don’t send it to anyone until you’re certain you can’t do any better. I believe that if you truly enjoy reading it back then others will too.
Don’t worry if it’s tough, it should be. 

I don’t snack when writing. I know it sounds a bit lame but I try and completely move into the story I’m working on, and there’s no distractions at all.
After I’m done I’ll stuff my face with all sorts of sugary crap.        

Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working as a financial trader in the city. His debut novel, Tall Oaks, was published to critical acclaim in 2016 by Bonnier Zaffre. Tall Oaks was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, and shortlisted for the Last Laugh Award. 
A Guardian crime book of the month, Tall Oaks also featured in Crime Time’s top 100 books of 2016 and BuzzFeed’s incredible summer reads.

Chris’s second novel, All The Wicked Girls, will be published Summer 2017. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two young sons.

Find Chris Whitaker on Twitter - @WhittyAuthor


Publisher's description
Everyone loves Summer Ryan. A model student and musical prodigy, she's a ray of light in the struggling small town of Grace - especially compared to her troubled sister, Raine. Then Summer vanishes.
Raine throws herself into the investigation, aided by a most unlikely ally, but the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her search becomes.
And perhaps there was always more to Summer than met the eye . . .

All the Wicked Girls was published by Zaffre on 24 August 2017.

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