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CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every fortnight topnotch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.
This week: DAVID VIDECETTE
Tell us about yourself…
I’m a former Scotland Yard investigator in the Metropolitan Police with specialisms in terrorism and organised crime. During a twenty year career I’ve searched thousands of properties, interviewed hundreds of witnesses and chased numerous dangerous criminals. Today I use all of that knowledge in my writing, as the author of a series of detective thrillers starring DI Jake Flannagan.
‘The Theseus Paradox’ is the first novel in the series and is based around the five years of my life which I spent investigating the 7/7 London bombings as a detective with the Anti-Terrorist Branch. ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’
I live in London and have two children. When I’m not writing or doing ‘dad stuff’, I consult on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and can also be found commentating on crime, terrorism and policing for various broadcasters and newspapers.
How do you go about plotting your books?
I use real events as the baseline for my stories, so the plot is largely already planned out for me. This is both an advantage and a hindrance all at once – obviously I don’t spend too much time thinking about the plot, but trying to get a ‘story’ to nestle in between the facts can be extremely difficult.
Most of the planning takes place in my head but sometimes I do use ‘mind maps’ on paper to…TO READ INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE