1) So, who are you & what have you written?
I’m Chris Roy, author of Shocking Circumstances and Sharp as a Razor, crime thriller trilogies published by New Pulp Press. Near to the Knuckle published two of my works in dark fiction. They will produce a magazine later this year with Pulp Metal Magazine that will feature Waste Management, my current WIP.
A few months ago I finished a novella, Her Name is Mercie, a thriller written in a different style than Shocker and Razor. I’m currently writing dark fiction. It’s a different animal than the thrillers I’m used to penning. There are no fight scenes and cars racing. There are scenes of homicide and racing hearts. Criminals with a conscience versus vicious psychopaths.
2) Why do you write crime fiction?
I don’t get to travel and experience places that inspire noir literature. I’m serving a life sentence, and was a criminal for much of my youth. As a writer, crime fiction is as natural as walking. It simply resonates with me.
3) What informs your crime writing?
Personal, past experiences. Science and technology publications such as Psychology Today and Popular Science. And living with criminals in maximum security for 18 years.
4) What’s your usual writing routine?
When an idea hits me, I jot down notes just about anywhere. Scraps of notebook paper, corners of newspapers. On a Nutty Bars box.
When I commit to a story, the first couple drafts are scratched out with pen and paper. A work isn’t ready for submission until my wife, mom and other test readers give me their take. Polish, proof, type and pow – off to the publishing world it goes, fingers Xed.
5) Which crime book do you wish YOU’D written, and why?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. That book entertained millions of readers around the globe. I’m a fan of strong female protagonists, and they don’t get any tougher than Lisbeth Salander.
Plus, if I was the author, I’d have a few bucks to spend on a lawyer.