MANCHESTER: Cain Bell thought he had closure over the hit and run death of his daughter. Ted Blake had confessed he was the behind the wheel just before he died. Twenty years on and Cain’s world is thrown upside down when his fiancé claims the driver was lying. Before she says more, a savage attack leaves her in a coma fighting for her life. To find out why Cain must uncover why four friends swore blind to never tell the truth about his daughter’s death. Now, he must persuade Manchester’s most terrifying gangster to reveal the secrets that kept hidden for two decades. And Billy McGinty is in no mood to break his own wall of silence. Unless Cain can persuade him to talk, even if it means putting his own life on the line.
Which character would you like to be in All Down The Line?
Cain Bell is the ever-present lead in All Down The Line. We only we see the narrative through his eyes, but in real life I’d like to be the guy who fished him out of the canal. I’ve used the name and the love of boxing from a friend back in Manchester who took another way out when it all got too much. I rarely base a character on just one person as they are invariably imaginative composites to avoid being sued, but I definitely created him to say goodbye.
Do you always have a book with you wherever you go?
No. Although, I constantly read news and content, reading a book or watching a film or a TV series should be an event. A semi-famous music producer from the dark ages (Guy Stevens who worked with the Clash and Mott The Hoople) once said “making a record is an event. Big letters: AN EVENT. It’s not just ‘another session’.” Reading books and watching films are events. I tend to want to read good books in virtually one sitting and totally immerse myself. If I am enjoying myself, I want to get to the end faster than I can read. Dipping in and out over several weeks means I not really engaged and not really bothered about the outcome.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The bad ones are, on the surface, more exciting, but I’ve seen gangsters living in a perpetual state of high anxiety. I think it is a lot safer and enjoyable to eat in restaurants and drink in bars without constantly worrying about the writing on the wall and who is walking through the door.
Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
Neither … as long as they are credible and can justify their existence. I tend to avoid books, films and TV series where the same story is repeated, whether standalone or a series.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
In my house in flow! My partner Catherine was awarded a doctorate for studying flow, a concept where people report where they are completely involved in something to the point of losing track of time and of being unaware of everything else but the activity itself … The reward is the activity itself rather than fame, fortune and fans stroking your ego!!
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Hopefully, in full flow in a bar or a restaurant, or walking by the sea or listening to music or just chewing the fat with kindred spirits.
Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Since God created the internet, I don’t browse record shops and bookstores like I used to … which is a shame because it was fun idling away the hours …
What are you most proud of?
Happiness … and health … and humanism … long may they reign …
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
WOW! Always exciting to see your work in print. The PR professional in me always gets nervous about typos and errors but they are a fact of life …
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Enjoy the whole process, but don’t beat yourself up. Set yourself realistic objectives and only day dream about getting rich quick if you enjoy dreaming about making lots of money and being adored and taking your personal assistant to court for theft.
Thank you, Andrew Field and Damppebbles Blog Tours
About the author
Andrew Field has spent most of his working life as a PR consultant raising the profiles of others. Now the roles are reversed as he steps into the spotlight with All Down The Line (published in 2020).
He handled Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday, developing innovative sports and cultural partnerships with TV and media platforms. Clients have also included a convicted armed bank robber and another who did eighteen months prison time for blackmail, although he didn’t know about their colourful backstories at the time. “I’d quizzed them more about their experiences. After all, hard-boiled grimness all adds to the mix, even if it is anecdotal.”
“Authors are by definition are relatively introverted. They work in isolation and inhabit imaginary world of their own creation. They can spend years staring at a computer screen bringing their characters to life. Then they have to become a different person to promote their work and market themselves.”
“Fiction is a great way to write about how you feel personally about this great thing we do called living. We disguise it by calling it crime fiction, but behind the genre there is a world view being expressed. In my eyes, the memorable books, films and music, good or bad, are the ones you’re still thinking about 24 or 48 hours after you finished reading, watching or listening.”
What can readers expect from Andrew’s work? “If you’re into noir from the likes of James Lee Burke, James Cain, James Ellroy, Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, Ted Lewis, Ed McBain and Jim Thompson, you’ll see where I am coming from.”
Andrew lives, works and plays in Northumberland, England, Europe, with his wife Catherine. A novella, Wicked Games was published in 2014. Without Rules in 2018 by Boomslang. All Down The Line will be published in December 2020.
Boomslang Books Links
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3eLC3II
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/35h44Vn