Today I’m joined by Owen Mullen. I really want to tell you all about Owen’s achievements this year but I think I’d better let him do that, hadn’t I?!
Do you have a favourite memory professionally from 2017?
This one is easy… 2017 has been a standout year for me with a publishing deal, television appearance and a coveted Sunday Times Crime Club Star Pick for my latest novel And So It Began. But the highlight by far was having Games People Play long-listed for the McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year… Here I am surrounded by the other long-listers at the award ceremony in Stirling Castle during the Bloody Scotland festival. Look closely – you will definitely recognise most of them.
And how about a favourite moment from 2017 generally?
Again, easy: my eldest grandson (9 years old), unknown to his parents, took one of my books to school to tell his class about his granddad. The teacher was so impressed with his presentation that she had him repeat it in front of the whole school at the Friday assembly. He was so proud of me and no matter what the future holds for my writing career – this will always be my most cherished memory.
Favourite book in 2017?
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly… It was the first book he had published but it showed all the promise of what was to come.
Favourite film in 2017?
Spotlight. Michael Keaton is fabulous in this biographical crime drama. The film follows the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team, as it investigates cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. Disturbing and wonderful.
Favourite song of the year?
Marc Broussard – Cry To Me.
Any downsides for you in 2017?
The chaos that seems to have overtaken the political scene around the globe.
Are you making resolutions for 2018?
Absolutely… I’m a true Scot. I will also make a serious stab at keeping them. Top of the list will be to stay positive – because nothing else is worthwhile…
“If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same” – Rudyard Kipling
What are you hoping for from 2018?
To write my best book yet and to have the first book I wrote published.