by Simon Logan
Publication date: March 18th 2014
by ChiZine Publications
Genre: Industrial Crime Thriller
Katja from Simon Logan’s award-winning Katja From the Punk Band is back! Free and on the mainland, she emerges from hiding, only to find herself hunted by debt collectors, mad surgeons, and a corrupt detective, all of whom will stop at nothing to claim her for their own. And behind this scramble lies the twisted mind of an old adversary, desperate to have his revenge.
Thank you so much for stopping by My Book Addiction for a chat, Simon! Having looked for information online and not finding much, I’m very interested in learning more about you today. Let’s start with something simple…
How long have you been writing?
I think I first started when I was about 16 or so, mostly short stories, then just worked my up from there. I had a bunch of short stories published in various UK/US small press outlets before my first real publication, the short story collection I-O, came out in 2002.
I don’t know that I’ve ever read a noir thriller before, but your series sounds mind-blowing! Can you tell us a bit about Katja from the Punk Band and your newest release in the series, Get Katja?
The original Katja came about because I’d written my first full-length novel, Pretty Little Things To Fill Up The Void, and wanted to do something leaner and more stripped down. I spent a lot of time, and still do, worrying about making each sentence work and flow as best it can so thought it would be fun to write something in which I didn’t have to worry about it so much and just have fun. I’ve referred to the book in the past as like a Ramones song, just get it done and get out, no fancy stuff.
The first book is set over the course of a single night but flashes back to earlier incidents which lead up to it and is basically about a bunch of characters who are all after a chemical vial which could be their route off of the work island they are all stuck on. The various plot threads criss-cross and loop back on one another so in one scene something will happen but it’s not until later you find out what led to that event in the first place and it often puts a different spin on things.
The follow up, Get Katja, is all done in the same style and deals with Katja, now on the mainland, being chased down by a new set of characters, all of whom want her for various reasons. In the first book they were all after a chemical vial – this time they’re all after Katja.
What do you do for fun?
Watch movies mostly, that’s pretty much my favorite thing I do and thanks to things like Netflix and Lovefilm they’re more accessible than ever. I’ll watch pretty much anything but horrors and anything off-beat and mind-fucky is a go-to.
Where do you see yourself in ten years, as an author or otherwise?
Probably still just writing away as I am now, I guess, I don’t really plan ahead that much. I’m happy to just write and publish via an indy press as I am just now though I suppose it would be nice to make a living out of it … or I think so anyway. Fortunately I enjoy my day job so I don’t feel that I have to make it as an author in the financial sense.
What are your favorite genres in books, movies, and music?
Horror is always my go to, at least for movies. It used to be the same for books but after years of going to that stand and finding nothing but Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice and Richard Laymon there my interest waned. As I said above I love movies which are mind-fucks and play around a bit – some of my favourites include Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Cache, Berbarian Sound Studio, Lovely Molly, Donnie Darko … you get the idea. For music I always return to Deftones but current interests include Crossfaith and Bring Me The Horizon.
If you could bring one person back from the dead and spend the day with that person, who would it be and how would you spend your time?
My father. He passed away in January this year and even though we knew his time was coming as he was diagnosed with cancer six months before you just never say the things you want to. I know I’m probably supposed to mention a famous person here but nobody really interests me in that way.
What can your fans expect to see from you in the future?
I already have an idea for a third (and possibly final) Katja book, but before that there are several ideas in the planning stage. One is a book similar to Katja in style and structure, the other is dual-narrative piece about two people suffering from delusions. I’ve completed two other novels which are currently looking for a home so we’ll see what happens with them. “lovejunky” is part dystopic crime thriller, part brooding noir romance whereas “Blue Light” is a short mystery, a kind of tribute to the movies of David Lynch. I’m just going to keep writing as I’m always full of ideas so hopefully if people like what I’ve done in the past then they’ll continue to like what I’m doing in the future.
~About the Author~
I am the author of the industrial crime novels Katja From The Punk Band and its sequel Get Katja as well as Pretty Little Things To Fill Up The Void and the short story collections Nothing Is Inflammable, Rohypnol Brides and I-O.
I am represented by Allan Guthrie of Jenny Brown Associates. To find out more about any of the publications mentioned here, or for general updates on me and my work, check out my website.
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