Earlier in 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Howard Linskey, a man who is very popular in my household (my parents loved his books ‘The Drop’ and ‘The Damage’). It surprised me to know that Howard also hails from the same village as my Nana – small world, eh? Howard’s here to chat 2012…
2012 has been a great year for you. Do you have a favourite memory professionally?
There were some very nice moments in 2012 but meeting the producers to sign the TV option contract for ‘The Drop’ was probably the best. The book being published in Germany as ‘Crime Machine’ and picking up great reviews was a pretty close second. Being on the TV for the first time was fun too, if slightly terrifying.
And how about a favourite moment from 2012 generally?
Mo Farrah taking double gold at the Olympics was pretty special. Winning his second medal, while leading from the front like that, had me out of my seat and punching the air when he crossed the line. Awesome stuff.
Favourite book in 2012?
Ian Ayris’ ‘Abide With Me’. It was one of those rare books you just race through, because it was exceptionally well written and I kept wanting to know what was going to happen to the characters next. The book was a great combination of a rite of passage, a football fan memoir and crime novel all rolled into one. Great stuff.
Favourite film of 2012?
‘Skyfall’ was very good. Sam Mendes gave just enough knowing nods to the early Bond films; the Aston Martin DB5, Moneypenny, Q etc while bringing it well and truly up to date too. That can’t have been easy. I liked the fact that this one was more plot driven than usual and Daniel Craig is a great Bond.
Favourite song of the year?
‘Somebody that I used to know’ by Gotye edges it, for its melodic and knowing depiction of a bitter end to a relationship.
Any downsides for you in 2012?
Not having enough time to do everything I want to do.
Are you making resolutions for 2013?
I’m resolving to make enough time to do all the things I want to do (see above), particularly where writing is concerned. I’ll be finishing the third part of the David Blake trilogy, ‘The Dead’ in January then starting another book with a whole new set of characters. Watch this space.
What are you hoping for from 2013?
For people to like the ‘The Dead’ as much as the previous two books and for the TV adaptation of ‘The Drop’ to come that little bit closer to fruition. Oh and for Newcastle United to win something but I hope for that every year and they never do. I’m more likely to win the Booker prize frankly and that aint going to happen this century.
Howard’s website is: http://www.howardlinskey.com/main/
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