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May 15, 2012

Does Paul Brazill ever Get Serious??

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 6:03 am


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!

BELOW: An excerpt from DRUNK ON THE MOON anthology, edited by Paul Brazill

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.



  1. For a minute I thought he was gonna get all serious-Elvis voice, but nah. Phew.

    Comment by katelaity — May 15, 2012 @ 6:15 am

  2. Hahahaha!

    Comment by ashedit — May 15, 2012 @ 6:19 am

  3. Love this! And him!

    Comment by Rebecca Forster — May 15, 2012 @ 6:22 am

  4. Reblogged this on 13 Shots Of Grit.

    Comment by pauldbrazill — May 15, 2012 @ 8:12 am

  5. Paul is the man. Here’s the true measure of his awesomeness: He’s a ubiquitous presence in the internet crime geek world, and yet he’s never overstayed his welcome or seemed to force himself anywhere . Everyone knows him, likes him, and respects him. That is a testament, above all, to the sheer power of the man’s personality. Paul is the man.

    Comment by Jake — May 15, 2012 @ 8:36 am

  6. Life’s too serious to be serious. Thanks for having me, Elaine. And thanks for the great comments all.

    Comment by pauldbrazill — May 15, 2012 @ 8:58 am

  7. Paul, you can now die happy. Jake Hinkson has crowned you. Film scholar, author of the critically acclaimed HELL ON CHURCH STREET and well-remunerated blogger at Criminal Element, Hinkson carries street cred in the crime writing-world as well as literary authority. Thank you Jake.

    Comment by ashedit — May 15, 2012 @ 9:08 am

  8. Paul’s a great writer and a terrific colleague, nice n sleazy does it every time Paul.Thanks for the nod.

    Comment by Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising and Mr.Glamour — May 15, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  9. First time visitor to Ashedit. Lovely to meet Paul. David Stansfield One Last Great Wickedness

    Comment by davidstansfield — May 15, 2012 @ 11:13 am

  10. Good to have you here, David. Is ONE LAST GREAT WICKEDNESS the name of your novel? That’s a good title.

    Comment by ashedit — May 15, 2012 @ 11:28 am

  11. Yes, that’s the title of my novel. Here’s the description. One Last Great Wickedness: When Peter was thirteen years old, his father committed suicide. Later in life, he comes across some letters his father had sent from the trenches of World War One. Certain words and phrases in these letters reveal a side of his father the man had never suspected when he was growing up. As he digs deeper and deeper into his family’s past, he uncovers a world he realizes he had never understood, could never even have imagined. Just beneath the surface of the apparently quiet, civilized, well-bred world of his family he had known as a child, there was a completely different reality, a parallel universe of suppressed loves and hates, sexual deviations and appallingly violent actions, involving not only his parents and grandparents and the rest of his family, but also finally – and most devastatingly of all – himself.

    Comment by davidstansfield — May 15, 2012 @ 11:37 am

  12. A number of interesting interviews and other good stuff on his blog, which I get around to every so often.

    Comment by Oscar Case — May 15, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  13. Hi Oscar! I think when the news channels want to know what’s going on in the world, they just tune in to Paul.

    Comment by ashedit — May 15, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  14. Nobody’s funnier or more serious than PDB!

    Comment by Al Tucher — May 15, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  15. Good work, Paul. You have a great attitude all round. Thanks.

    Comment by nigel — May 16, 2012 @ 3:33 am

  16. Here’s how. He writes a lot, he writes quick, he writes well.

    Comment by charlesgramlich — May 16, 2012 @ 7:05 am

  17. Thanks everyone for being too kind. And thanks to Elaine for having me over.

    Comment by pauldbrazill — May 18, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  18. Paul. it was a pleasure having you. Thanks for the wonderful dracula photo of yourself and thanks for being such a good sport.

    Comment by ashedit — May 20, 2012 @ 7:53 am

  19. […] Elaine Ash interviewed me about DOTM and social media over at her blog. […]

    Pingback by Quick Fire At The Slaughterhouse With Paul D. Brazill | Richard Godwin — August 11, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

  20. Reblogged this on Writing Fiction and commented:
    World famous crime fiction writer Paul Brazill carves out the low-down on his hardboiled, “Brit Grit” style, along with some savvy advice on the author social media front.
    Enjoy this all!

    Comment by Lisa Ciarfella — July 25, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

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