Interview with talented writer Paul D Brazil
I’m pleased to introduce you to Paul D Brazil today, who has a great blog, a fantastic sense of humour and quite a large selection of rather popular books.
Paul, tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.
I was born in England and now live in Poland. I’ve been TEFL teaching for more than a decade and still seem to be getting away with it.
I’ve had stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime– alongside the likes of Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Neil Gaiman.
I also edited the anthologies Exiles: An Outsider Anthology & True Brit Grit (with Luca Veste).
Tell us about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?
The first time was in the ‘90s. I attended a screenwriting course at The London School Of Business and wrote a screenplay called Rain City Moon. Scala Films asked to have a look at it so I sent it to them. They never got back to me and I lost interest!
I didn’t do anything else until 2008 after I discovered the online fiction sites 6Sentences, Powder Burn Flash, Beat To A Pulp, A Twist Of Noir, Thrillers, Killers n Chillers, and a few more. I liked what I saw and decided to give it a go.
I didn’t decide, really, it just seemed natural. I’ve a darkly comic view of the world and like darkly comic writing.
What is your life like outside of writing?
I teach English to business people and university professors and life with my partner Daria and 2 year old son Dorian.
What makes you laugh?
Mel Brooks, the Coen Brothers, Damon Runyon, Kate Laity, Tony Hancock- the easiest comedian to mime.
Who would you like to invite for dinner?
Oh, no one. I hate it when people interrupt my eating.
What song would you pick to go with your book?
Well, The Clash with Guns Of Brixton and anything by Tom Waits for the other books.
What are you working on now?
A seaside noir/ pulp called Kill Me Quick!
Another comic caper, called Cold London Blues.
Rewrites of Holidays In The Sun.
A couple of short stories.
Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?
Me: ‘A hard man to ignore but well worth the effort.’
Books: ‘Brazill writes like Sid James chortles’
And here is an example of his work, or rather, what I thought of “The Liberator”:
An athmospheric, short but compelling dark thriller about a catholic father on a rescue mission. The writing is very strong and the condensed style makes this a very intense and powerful read. Brazill does not ‘take preisoners’ when it comes to the plot and by adding some paranormal elements to it you certainly get your money’s worth in this first instalment of a series.