Elaine: What amazes me is the fact that you’re everywhere. In a few short years you’ve built this amazing profile online, your stories are here there and everywhere, and you even attracted all these writers to give you stories for an anthology. How do you do it???
Paul: Sitting on you arse and messing about on the internet isn’t exactly the most demanding of tasks, Elaine!
Elaine: Very funny, now let’s get serious. Lots of writers are burning their brain cells up trying to figure this stuff out.
Paul: I use Facebook most because it links me to the widest range of people — family, old school mates, friends from the music days, musical heroes, models, people who work in film, journalists, film critics, artists, people I’ve worked with, people I’ve boozed with … There’s a greater variety of banter there.
I’ll link to my own stuff – loads, sometimes! But I NEVER ask someone to buy my stuff or write a good review or ‘like’ it on Amazon.
I have blog, You Would Say That Wouldn’t You? I write reviews/ recommendations of books. I have guest bloggers. I do interviews. Hopefully all interesting. I promote my own stuff and other people’s.
I write a column for Pulp Metal Magazine, review for Mean Streets and have started doing stuff for Sabotage Times. I’m also on Twitter, Goodreads, pinterest, Linkedin and still at My Space. There’s a couple of others that I don’t use that much, like Crimespace. But I just pass through them.
Elaine: How did you get started online?
Paul: At the end of 2008, for the first time in my life, I lived somewhere with internet access. I met some writers on line, most notably Keith Rawson. Great bloke that he is, he pointed me in the direction of some online crimezines like Powder Burn Flash and Thuglit. This opened up a new world to me. I also found out about other up-and-coming writers such as Nick Quantrill and Cormac Brown. I got to know them and much badinage and ‘ladinage’ ensued.
Elaine: What’s your approach?
Paul: I think it should be natural. Don’t force it. If you like being online in public great, do it. If you don’t feel comfortable then limit it. Or maybe not at all. Do it in a way that suits you.
I don’t do ‘discussion’ boards, for example, because I’m not into discussing things in any detail. I don’t do opinionated blog posts because I doubt I could back up any of my – few- opinions and don’t really listen to other peoples anyway. I’m not from the world of ‘debates.’ But someone like Ade McKinty does that really well. It’s his style. It’s part of him. He’s clever enough and funny enough for you to enjoy what he writes.Other people can come off as pompous knob-heads!
He felt The City around him like a caul. It held the past in its clenched fist like the promise of identity, like a map of history, and Roman headed towards its dark and silent heart, his footsteps clacking on the paving stones.
Getting High On Daisy by Richard Godwin
“I didn’t want to think about the alternatives because I couldn’t see any way out of this now but down; about two hundred feet onto rock hard concrete. And all I could hear in my mind were my dad’s words, over and over again, ‘There are no short cuts son.”
No Shortcuts by Howard Linskey from True Brit Grit
“Amongst the dogshit and the used johnnies. Slimy, wet and bloated up, Bob’s rebirth was from water thick with plastic bags and shopping trolleys, scattered newspapers and flyers floating like scum.”
The Catch and the Fall by Luke Block, from True Brit Grit.