When art, money and power collide…
A Mafia boss addicted to beautiful art. A Catholic priest who knows too much. A modern-day Jay Gatsby.
And a woman on the run.
Disgraced London detective Stephen Connor is given an ultimatum: take a transfer to Rome or kiss his career goodbye.
With his love life in tatters and his confidence at an all-time low, can Stephen find the world’s most valuable painting before it disappears forever?
When and where do you prefer to write?
I write at the dining room table in our current home, an apartment on the ninth floor with a 180-degree view of Port Philip Bay in Melbourne, Australia. It’s fair to say that I catch myself staring out the window when I’m thinking about what to write. I prefer writing in the daytime and prefer to get up early to finish a deadline rather than work late into the night.
Do you have a certain ritual?
I write in blocks of 30 minutes and I alternate between sitting at the table and standing up at the breakfast bar, which has become a makeshift standing desk. Another of my rituals is to work through any writing problems on my daily walk.
Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
I switch between tea and coffee throughout the day to keep me going. I’ll reach for something sweet if I’m struggling over something and it’s mid-afternoon, (the danger zone). During the week I try to be healthy and stick to fruit and yoghurt snacks. But at the weekend when I’m working, more often than not it’s an almond croissant (we have very good bakeries here in Melbourne!).
What is your favourite book?
If this question is, which out of all my books is my favourite, I’d answer that by saying Nighthawks, because every book I write is, I hope, better than the last.
Have you considered writing in a different genre in the future?
I enjoy writing in different genres, and I switch between fiction and non-fiction. My next book is going to be another memoir.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
My characters are composites of all the people I have ever met. Sometimes it’s a conscious decision to use one or two aspects of an actual person’s character traits, but other times I do this without realising it.
Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I use my phone to write ideas as I always have it with me and anything I write will be legible! My handwriting is terrible and even I can’t read what I’ve handwritten half the time.
Which genre do you not like at all?
I prefer not to read science fiction or steampunk, not because I don’t like them, but because I’d never get any writing done if I read every genre.
If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?
I love this question as Lambert Nagle is a pseudonym for me and my co-author and life partner, Sean Cubitt. And as far as writing collaborations go, we have complementary skills that we bring to our fiction writing process.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?
I set my stories in places I’ve spent time in. If I could pick a country that I’ve yet to travel to for a new thriller, it would be Russia. Of course, it’s a fantasy, as I don’t speak the language, so that I’d need an interpreter to help with the research. I’m fascinated by the history, politics and the art and culture.
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About the Author
Lambert Nagle is the pen-name for Alison Ripley Cubitt and Sean Cubitt, co-writers of international thrillers, mystery and crime. Alison is a former television production executive who worked for Walt Disney and the BBC before pivoting to become a multi-genre author and screenwriter. Her short film drama Waves (with Maciek Pisarek) won the Special Jury Prize, Worldfest, Houston. Sean’s day job is Professor of Film and Television, University of Melbourne, Australia. He writes about film and media for leading academic publishers.
Other titles by Lambert Nagle include Revolution Earth (featuring detective Stephen Connor) and Contained in Capital Crimes, a short story collection from members of ITW (International Thriller Writers) with a foreword by Peter James.
With six passports between them, they set their books in the far-away places they live and work.
Author page Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alisonripleycubittwriter