Good Reading : October 2009
Wdown to write what woul become his first published novel Cold Granite, he decided to try something different with his ma character, DS Logan McRae. 'Traditionally you have this pairing in detective fiction of th larger-than-life central character the Morse, the Rebus, the Holm -- and this sidekick who's a nor m man,' he says. 'I thought I'd do it the other way around. So Logan wasn't created to be this big hero he's not particularly strong, beca of what's happened in the past -- screws up about as much as he g right -- he was just meant to be very human character.' Instead it is the eclectic supporting cast that is larger-than life, including DI Roberta Steel (hard-living, chainsmoking, lesbia DI David Insch (sweet-popping, bombastic, amateur actor); Colin Miller (greasy-yet-complicated ta reporter); and WPC Jackie 'Ball B Watson. Each is penned with a degree of complexity and depth that ensures they don't become mere caricatures, helping Stuart win fans among readers, Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library award in 2007. Stuart's reversal of the traditional hero-sidekick dynamic should come ngs a little differently. In pite having five acclaimed nder his belt, and a sixth, d, being released this he doesn't even consider a 'writer'. riter" sounds all grand and ual. "Author" sounds all and worthy,' he says on g. Stuart prefers the term ist', this being a person g it up as they go along, ping like hell they don't get out'. He laughs easily and prinkling our conversation uch self-deprecation.There's tension here. Perhaps that's e of the unusual beginnings writing career. Stuart didn't reative writing during his l years but then, during his 20s, he stumbled across the ation to put pen to page: pressure. 'I had a couple of ng fantasy novels, and they good hobby and good fun, and I should give it a shot,' he chuckles. 'I think sheer bloody-mindedness took over.' Five manuscripts, and many years later, he eventually 'broke through' with 16 goodreading ı OCTOBER 2009 author profile 1 Stuart MacBride Award-winning Scottish crime writer STUART MACBRIDE talks to CRAIG SISTERSON about profane policemen, futuristic thrillers and the advantages of peer pressure.