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Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, and his big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which became the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

1. Does your writing ever scare you?
Maybe not my writing, but my vivid imagination does.

2. Are you a disciplined writer?
Yes, I think so. I tend to write five days a week and roughly between the hours of 9 and 5 (and longer if I’m behind). I don’t think you can wait for inspiration to take hold otherwise you could be waiting a hell of a long time! In the end, you have to treat it like a job, albeit one that’s great fun.

3. Who is your most recognised character? What/who was the inspiration behind that character?
I have two central characters in my books. One is Dennis Milne, my renegade cop from The Business of Dying and its two sequels, and the other is Tina Boyd. Dennis was an amalgamation of a few cops I knew at the time (although none of them were killers as far as I know!), and Tina was a minor character from the early books who just became more and more central to my plots. I’m not quite sure how that happened. It just did.

4. Where do you write?
Usually in a bedroom upstairs in my house facing out on the road and the trees beyond. It’s a relaxing view.

5. Which crime fiction related book, TV programme or film have had the most impact on you or your writing?
Get Carter (originally Jack’s Return Home) by Ted Lewis has always been a huge inspiration. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. A real noir classic.

6. What is your favourite scene or line from any crime fiction book?
‘The right apartment was hard to find so they murdered the old lady.’ It’s the first line of ‘Don’t Say a Word’ by Andrew Klavan, a fantastic thriller that I’ve re-read twice, and that line’s been imprinted on my memory ever since I first picked up the book in a second hand bookshop in Tenerife in 1993.

7. Which non-fictional killer frightens you the most?
They all do, to a certain extent. It takes a certain darkness in the soul to be able to kill another human being.

8. What tip would you give any budding writers?
Be patient, don’t spend too much time worrying about editing until you reach the end of your story (the most important thing is always to get words down on a page), and develop a thick skin. You will face many rejections in your struggle to get published, but if you’re determined enough, and your work is good enough, you’ll get there in the end.

9. E-book or paper?
Still paper. I’m a bit of Luddite.

10. If you were a fictional character, how would you write your own death?
In a blaze of glory, gunning down the bad guys in a ferocious firefight before being caught from behind by a lucky shot!

11. …and what would your final meal be?
If I had time between all the shooting, I’d dine on a dozen oysters followed by a rib eye steak, lobster and French fries, ending with my Mum’s trifle. I think that lot would probably finish me off anyway…

Author photo © Johnny Ring

If you like Simon Kernick you might also like to read books by Ian Rankin, Tom Cain and Reginald Hill.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Simon Kernick

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick
Reader Reviewed The Bone Field
Simon Kernick
A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts to hunt Ray Mason down after he promises a grieving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017
The Bone Field by Simon Kernick
Reader Reviewed The Bone Field
Simon Kernick
A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts to hunt Ray Mason down after he promises a grieving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
The Witness by Simon Kernick
The Witness
Simon Kernick
Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read, it just keeps getting better and better. Jane is witness to a terrible crime, and suddenly finds herself with information about a terrorist attack, maverick DI Ray Mason from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/06/2016
The Witness by Simon Kernick
The Witness
Simon Kernick
February 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Simply unputdownable, this is a thrilling tale, and as you read,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
The Final Minute by Simon Kernick
Reader Reviewed The Final Minute
Simon Kernick
An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
The Final Minute by Simon Kernick
The Final Minute
Simon Kernick
An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror is memory loss. He is recuperating at his sister’s and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
Stay Alive by Simon Kernick
Stay Alive
Simon Kernick
Amanda arrives back at her isolated home unexpectedly and disturbs the killer of her husband and his lover. She flees, and so begins a terrific race-against-time thriller that grabs you at the first paragraph and keeps you gripped through all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
Stay Alive by Simon Kernick
Stay Alive
Simon Kernick
Amanda arrives back at her isolated home unexpectedly and disturbs the killer of her husband and his lover. She flees, and so begins a terrific race-against-time thriller that grabs you at the first paragraph and keeps you gripped through all...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/01/2014
Ultimatum by Simon Kernick
Ultimatum
Simon Kernick
A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in mortal danger. The gripping new bestseller from the master of the race-against-time thriller.
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
Wrong Time Wrong Place Quick Reads 2013 by Simon Kernick
Wrong Time Wrong Place Quick Reads 2013
Simon Kernick
Wrong Time, Wrong Place. A gripping Quick Read from the master of the race against time thriller. Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2013
Siege by Simon Kernick
Siege
Simon Kernick
One of Britain’s top writers has in Siege created a real edge-of-your-seat race against time thriller. A top London hotel is being held hostage along with everyone in it by gunmen who are using ever more frightening methods to terrorise...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/11/2012
Siege by Simon Kernick
Siege
Simon Kernick
February 2012 Book of the Month. One of Britain’s top writers has in Siege created a real edge-of-your-seat race against time thriller. A top London hotel is being held hostage along with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/01/2012
The Last 10 Seconds by Simon Kernick
The Last 10 Seconds
Simon Kernick
Simon Kernick is fast becoming one of the top crime writers in Britain today and at Lovereading we have been fans for a long time. Here we have another gritty, fast paced, suspense-filled triumph. This one is going to have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2010
The Last 10 Seconds by Simon Kernick
The Last 10 Seconds
Simon Kernick
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 May 2010. Simon Kernick is fast becoming one of the top crime writers in Britain today and at Lovereading we have been fans for a long time. Here we have...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/01/2010
Target by Simon Kernick
Target
Simon Kernick
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. November 2009 Book of the Month. One of the best London-based, gritty crime novelists around who shot to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2009
Severed by Simon Kernick
Severed
Simon Kernick
A brilliant opening chapter and the pace is fast and furious throughout. Tyler wakes up in a room with a dead body and no recollection of how he got there and certainly no recollection of the events he then sees...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2008
Severed by Simon Kernick
Severed
Simon Kernick
A brilliant opening chapter and the pace is fast and furious throughout. Tyler wakes up in a room with a dead body and no recollection of how he got there and certainly no recollection of the events he then sees...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/06/2007
Relentless by Simon Kernick
Relentless
Simon Kernick
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 11th July 2007.A great opening which hooks you from the start and keeps you tight throughout. Refreshingly, the hero, Tom, is not a cop but an ordinary man (possibly the only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2007
The Crime Trade by Simon Kernick
The Crime Trade
Simon Kernick
The dark, gritty underbelly of London is split open to let the bloody entrails of undercover policemen, informers, drugs, big money, gun battles and revenge spill forth. This is noir urban crime, tough stuff. It’s his second with number three...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2005

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