Meet Crime Author SIMON MALTMAN

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Hardened by the mean streets of Belfast, ex-cop Brian Caskey works as a struggling PI. He is isolated and erratic, often losing the battle to maintain his fragile mental health. Caskey escapes the real world by writing crime fiction stories about a 1940’s PI investigating mysteries during the Belfast Blitz.

‘A Chaser on the Rocks’ follows both of these characters in parallel as a ‘novel within a novel’. The two stories collide in a dramatic conclusion set against the backdrop of The Giant’s Causeway.

Simon Maltman has created a modern noir with a new twist, a dash of black humour and a fresh approach and comment on storytelling.


For this week’s page Crime Author, Simon Maltman is with us. Thanks for joining us, Simon.

  1. What genre do you write or do you write more than one?

 I write crime fiction stories, set where I live in Northern Ireland. I’ve tried a few different types under the crime umbrella- mysteries, thrillers, historical. I think crime fiction allows a lot of variety and different directions to work within.

  1. Why did you choose this genre?

It was natural to choose it, because crime fiction is what I mostly like to read myself. I also like a lot of crime related movies and old Film Noir. I feel comfortable writing within it and I try to put elements in that hopefully surprise or subvert what the reader expects. I like to use some perhaps ‘classic’ elements and then try to mix it up a bit. In my new novel there is a kind of classic 1940’s PI, but he is part of a ‘story within a story’. His character has actually been created by the main protagonist of my book, a modern PI with mental health problems.

  1. What is the title of your book?

 It’s called A Chaser on the Rocks. It is my first full length novel. Up until now I had various short stories published and some self published. I really enjoyed writing it after the initial fear of trying to complete a full length novel! I’m pleased with how it turned out and now I just hope that people like it!

  1. When will it release?

It is being released by Solstice Publishing on 13th September. The easiest place to get it will be on Amazon as an ebook or paperback.

  1. Who is your target audience?

I hope that it will appeal to people who enjoy psychological mysteries. My intention is for it to be an interesting thriller that also teases out various themes and elements that can be enjoyed on a number of levels. I also set everything in real places in Northern Ireland and I hope that that also is something that will interest people and I try to get across some of the beauty and history of the country.

  1. What do you hope they learn from/like about your work?

I hope that people enjoy the way the stories link and interchange. Hopefully the humour will translate too, though I know that sometimes Northern Ireland humour is easily misunderstood!

     7. Tell us a bit about yourself?

 I’m thirty four and married with two young kids. My other big hobby is music, but there’s not much time for gigging and the like with two under four!

  1. Do you belong to a writing circle/group?

I don’t, though I did go to one when I was at university. I’m a member of several online writers groups and they have been absolutely brilliant!

  1. If so, what do you like about being in the group?

I enjoy the sense of camaraderie that there is between writers struggling with the same issues; marketing, promoting, even just finding time to write. It’s lovely how much people try to help each other out and I’ve received so much good advice.

  1. Do you have any new stories on the go?                                                  

Yes, I’ve started work on a second novel that’s in the pipeline. Before that, I have been working on a collection of my short crime stories and hopefully they will be published in the near future.

 Thanks for featuring me on your blog, all the best!

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