I love the idea of a good festival, Glastonbury is kicking off this weekend with some great bands and I do like the idea of going for a few days. Until that is, I realise it involves camping, mud, portaloos and lots of other people. Therefore as an alternative I’m taking part in a much more civilized festival, Blogival!
For the first of two acts appearing on the ‘acrimereadersblog stage’ I’m delighted to welcome author Matthew Redford. You may remember I read his book Addicted to Death last year (my review is here) and it was one of the funniest books I’d read in a long time!
So thanks for joining me Matthew. I loved your novel, what inspired you to write about Food-sapiens?
I want to be the champion for the Food-Sapiens community who, in my eyes, are under-represented in the crime fiction world. After all, little old ladies have Miss Marple and Hetty Wainthropp, even the nation of Belgium has two notable crime exports in Poirot and TinTin, and the poor Food-Sapiens have been once again overlooked. So I wanted to raise their profile and make people realise that Food-Sapiens play an important part in today’s society. Just ask yourself whether the world we live in would be diminished without the likes of the Eurovision stars of the past such as Brotherhood of Yam and Sandwich Shaw? I think we know the answer…
What is your typical working day like?
The dreaded morning alarm erupts at 5:30am and after some early morning cursing and a few uses of the snooze button, I am up and about just after 6am. A quick coffee and a bite to eat at home before I hotfoot it to the train station. I’m in work for 9am where I work my fingers to the bone (naturally) before the evening train calls. Home just after 7pm, prep dinner, stick some music on (type depends on the mood) and either catch-up with friends, read or just slump on the sofa…And then it all begins again in the morning. Roll on the weekend!
What is your ideal afternoon off work?
So many things to do, such little time. I would start off by having a nice light lunch, supplemented by a glass of rose (just one of course). I would like to have planned the afternoon so that I was either meeting friends or catching up with my parents perhaps, and we would find a nice quiet corner of a coffee shop and spend a good few hours gossiping. Afterwards we would go for a walk through one of London’s parks or maybe along the embankment, before heading into town and picking up tickets for a night at the theatre (something musical).
Do you read a lot yourself and if so who are your favourite authors?
I do try to read as much as possible and I find few train journey home a good way of fitting in some reading. I’m currently reading the British Library Classic range – a real treat for how crime mysteries were once written.
Do you have a ‘day job’ or are you a full time writer?
I have a full time job working for a healthcare regulator which I genuinely love. I work with a great group of people and that makes such a difference. Would I like to be a full time writer? If it paid the bills and kept a roof over my head, then yes, I would love to give it a try.
And so finally, what are you working on next?
Ah, the follow up novel – “Know your onions” is the working title. And just for you a little spoiler. DI Wortel is going to have delve into the world of vinegar fracking, which you might not know, is one of the UK’s biggest exports and a fundamental factor underpinning our economic success…
I can’t wait to read that, and to catch up with the food-sapiens again.
Addicted to Death is currently available on amazon