Sunday, 15 August 2021

#AuthorInterview The Grifter by Ali Gunn and Sean Campbell @GunnCrime @DCIMorton #TheGrifter @zooloo2008 #BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @zooloosbooktours

Written by Ali Gunn and Sean Campbell

Published by Partners in Crime (August 15, 2021)
Genre Financial Thriller, Vigilante Justice
Pages 338

This morning I am delighted to welcome to my blog author Ali Gunn, who together with Sean Campbell, today sees their collaborative novel, The Grifter, published.

And now, I should like to thank Ali for making time to take part in my feature Interview with the Author, and ZoĆ« of Zooloo's Book Tours for the invitation to join the blog tour for The Grifter.

The blurb:

He stole billions.

Meet Kent Bancroft: investment guru, rising star of the London social scene, and, keep it quiet, the mastermind behind the biggest fraud in history.

Among his victims is the most unlikely of nemeses: a working-class electrician turned vagrant, a man with no money, no power, and no big ideas. Except one: the burning desire to get even, whatever the cost.

Will Kent see him coming before it's too late?

Or is London's richest man about to find his comeuppance in London's most downtrodden?

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Interview with the Author

~ Ali Gunn ~

Thank you, Ali, for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today. I am intrigued by the title, and wish you well with The Psychopath Within.

What inspired you to write The Grifter and is this part of a series?

There are two themes which inspired The Grifter.

The first is really nerdy version of “One Will Rise, The Other Will Fall” (the tag line I’m still angling for at the time of writing this blog post). We wanted to explore how Maslow’s Hierarchy could be used to structure a crime novel.

Maslow tried to define what humans need. He broke it down into levels ranging from food and shelter right up to achieving one’s potential. From that, we wanted to write about two characters, one at the bottom trying to claw his way out of the gutter, the other near the top trying and failing to achieve everything he’s ever dreamed of.

Then we put a crime twist on that.

What if the man at the bottom was in the gutter because of the man at the top? What would he do bring him down?

Enter Kent Bancroft, billionaire Ponzi scheme, and the homeless amputee who’s trying to get his revenge. It’s a crime caper that explores what it really means to be human, but does so in the context of a Madoff-esque financial crime crossed with a revenge story. Think Trading Places x Bernie Madoff.

It's not part of a series but there are some hidden Easter Eggs with characters crossing over from my DCI Mabey series as well as DCI Morton.

Writing together, is it difficult? How do you decide which ideas make it into the story?

It’s dead easy. I’m in charge.

Just kidding. We ping-pong ideas back and forth a lot. It’s all very collaborative which is quite time consuming. In total we’ve spent about 2800 hours working on this book between us which is significantly more time consuming than an equivalent solo project.

Who is your favourite character in The Grifter and why?

Oddly, I think it might just be the bad guy, Kent Bancroft. Watching him trying, and failing, to turn wealth into reputation, then seeing how he deals with the implosion of his Ponzi scheme, humanises him despite the fact he’s clearly despicable. He realises he’s imperfect, but he still thinks of himself as the hero of his own story. If you look carefully, his money troubles mirror his victims, only at a much grander scale.

Was this the first story you had published?

Nope. The first book of mine was The Career Killer. It’s about a young, CFS-suffering detective promoted way too fast who gets put in charge of a team of misfits and then has to face off against a sophisticated serial killer attacking women all over London.

Do you have another story planned or in progress? When can we expect to see that?

In 2022, I’ll be releasing the much-delayed The Psychopath Within, the story of a lovely couple who adopted a damaged child who grew up to be one of England’s most notorious psychopaths.

Who is your favourite author?

Sean Campbell. I’m being paid to say that.

If your book were to be made into an Audiobook, who would you choose to read it?

I think I’d like to have Jonathan Keeble (who narrates Sean’s DCI Morton series published in audio by WF Howes) read it. He’s got a real range and a talent for capturing unique voices.

If your book were to be made into a movie, who would you like to play main character?

There are two leads. I think Kurt Yaeger would be amazing for obvious-once-you’ve-read-the-book reasons. We’d have to make him up to look a bit older & less handsome, mind you.

But my all-time favourite actor is Sean Bean and having him play one of my characters would be magical.

Author Bio – Ali Gunn

Ali Gunn kills people for a living*.

The characters in Ali's books are the kind of strong, fearless women that every girl dreams of growing up to be.

The first DCI Elsie Mabey novel, The Career Killer, has been downloaded over 75,000 times since its release.

Book two in the series, The Psychopath Within, is due for release in 2022.

Ali is also a co-author of The Grifter, out August 15th 2021.

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*fictional people, honest officer!
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Author Bio - Sean Campbell

Sean trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales back in 2011. Luckily for him, he now spends his days working out how to kill people without being caught, and then flipping the switch to play detective. His non-writing interests vary from photography and cinema to rugby and hiking. You can usually find him somewhere in one of London’s coffee shops – look for the big bearded guy taking up way too much room and hogging the Wi-Fi.

He is the author of the seven DCI Morton novels (Dead on Demand, Cleaver Square, Ten Guilty Men, The Patient Killer, Missing Persons, The Evolution of a Serial Killer, and My Hands Are Tied), one seasonal novella (Christmas Can Be Murder) plus the standalone crime thriller The Grifter.

Social Media Links – Sean Campbell
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this fab interview! I loved reading more about Ali.