How Long is a Piece of Rope

I love interviewing people. And I’ve always found the best interviews are slightly off-centre. Maybe it’s because I grew up on Empire legendary Pint of Milk interviews. How Long is a Piece of Rope is an interview I run with thriller writers over on this site’s blog. If you’d like to do an interview, fill out the questions at the bottom of the page and send them to me at along with a bio if you like and a link to where people can buy the book, and it’ll be a pleasure to see you.

Meanwhile, here’s the roll of honour. Click the links to see the interviews

5 April Barry Crowther (Missing)

12 April Jake Barton (Burn Baby Burn)

19 April Nigel P Bird (Dirty Old Town)

26 April Simon Swift (Black Shadows)

3 May Philip Chen (Falling Star)

6 May Mark Edwards (Killing Cupid)

11 May Melissa Miller (Irreparable Harm)

13 May Debbie Bennett (Hamelin’s Child)

17 May James Everington (Feed the Enemy)

20 May James A Anderson (Deadline)

24 May Ty Hutchinson (Chop Suey)

27 May Eric Christopherson (Crack-up)

31 May Ruby Barnes (Peril)

3 June Declan Conner (Lunch Break Thrillers)

7 June Julie Morrigan (Convictions)

10 June Gerry McCullough (Belfast Girls)

14 June Sean Bridges (Roll of the Die)

17 June Nick Steckel (The Animals)

21 June Connor Dix (Bad Case)

24 June J E Taylor (Hunting Season)

28 June Helen Hanson (3 Lies)

1 July Anthony Neil Smith (Yellow Medicine)

4 July Suzanne Tyrpak (Vestal Virgin)

8 July Chris Longmuir (Night Watcher)

11 July Robin Morris (Mama)

15 July Iain Rowan (Nowhere to Go)

19 July Lisa Hinsley (The Ultimate Choice)

22 July Danny Gillan (A Selection of Meats & Cheeses)

26 July Pierre Van Rooyen (Saturdays are Gold)

29 July Toni Dwiggins (Badwater)

2 August Alan Nayes (Gargoyles)

1. XXX is way better than_______but one day I’d really like to be as good as_________

2. You will just love my book if you enjoyed___________but if you’re a fan of_____________steer well clear

3. ________comes from the barrel of a gun

4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where does XXX fit into the spectrum?

5. How would it affect the direction XXX takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?

6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?

7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?

8. A great villain or a great hero?

9. XXX will change the way a reader looks at________

10. How long is a piece of rope?


2 Responses to “How Long is a Piece of Rope”

  1. This responds to your note regarding my book, Vintage Murder. I’d be glad to do an interview. By the way, I introduced Count Alexandrfe de Lur-Saluces, of Chateau D’Yquem, to Hungarian Tokaji wines!

  2. Fantastic, William. What a marvellous tale that must be to tell! I’ve read Hugh Johnson talk about the Count and his penchant for drinking Yquem with a fresh peach. The Company of Fellows began (I think the story’s on the food & drink page) with a wager after Ben Howkins who wrote the definitive book on Tokaji did a tasting – I said I’d write a book where a bottle of 1811 Tokaji was the key clue.
    I’ve only had Yquem once (1990). Likewise Eszencia (1993 Oremus). The Eszencia had it hands down – it really did feel like it had magical properties – it was the acidity that took me by surprise (from what I gather it always is).

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