So recently at Crimefest the lovely Liz and I interviewed a few fabulous authors – over at Liz’s place today you can see what happened when we met David Young, the Stasi Child author. Today here it’s all about David Jackson, author of A Tapping At My Door and a few others. Hooray!!!!
We started off by asking all about Liverpool. Why did David Jackson set his latest book/series in Liverpool?
It just happens that David knows Liverpool REALLY well. He was thinking about a new series (Yippee!!!!) He knows the city. It does show from his descriptions of the place. It’s where he lives and works. He thought it seemed right.
We (Christine and Liz) agree!!! We were pleased because there aren’t that many crime series in Liverpool. It is refreshing and we both adored the book.
We wanted to know about what inspired David with the new series?
David was trying for something darker with humour. I approve heartily of this. He was after a sort of ‘Luther with Scousers’. His central character is the lovely Nathan Cody, a man with PTSD and loads of phobias. He was even talking about a prequel, where we learn all about Cody’s past!
REALLY interesting stuff. I cannot wait! We were both getting very excited hearing about this. Cody is such a great character, with masses of potential. A prequel would work for us!
We wanted to know more about Nathan Cody. Is Nathan Cody based on anyone? Who would be perfect to play him on TV?
David was brilliant. He said that he doesn’t actually describe him at all. He hints at Cody looking loads younger than his actual age and that he is ugly. He suggested a fresh faced actor. Possibly someone like the young detective from The Line of Duty, Martin Compston.
We both sighed with pleasure. Martin Compston is very popular with us. I really don’t see Cody as ugly! He is NOT ugly!
We were curious about how David felt about portraying events in Liverpool’s past? Liverpool is famous for the Beatles, for the Liver Birds, the Mersey and Hillsborough.
David is really aware of all of this, as you would expect. He is sensitive to Liverpool’s past and sympathetic to what the whole city has been through… He was saying that it is important to see that both Cody and Liverpool have been through a bad trauma.They are both coming out the other side. (Both Liz and I were nodding at this)
Finally we moved onto some quick-fire questions including that killer question originating from Vicki.
Tea Coffee or Other?
Well for David the choice is decaf coffee. This is not something that we have even heard of. Coffee without caffeine indeed! What is the world coming to?
One book you recommend to everyone
The Trouble with Sheep and Goats – Joanna Cannon
Available from Amazon here
The Killer Question: If you were a book what would you be called?
David looked at us in horror. It is a tough question! He is still pondering this one…
It was a complete pleasure chatting to David and getting the low down on A Tapping At My Door. We had a brilliant time!
Thanks for joining us for a chat at Crimefest, Mr Jackson!
Liz and I have both read and reviewed A Tapping At My Door
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.
DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.
As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.
And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.
A Tapping at My Door is available now from all good book stores and here