What’s your favourite tipple for enjoying with a book?
This is the best question ever! For me it has to be a single malt, preferably matured in a sherry cask. Right now I’m particularly fond of a Glendronach 21 year old (that’s a whisky, not a person).
Where are you most likely to have that creative “eureka” moment?
I hate to say it, but in the sauna at the gym. I reckon there’s something in the heat that makes me delirious.
If you could be any character in a book, who would it be?
Winston Smith from 1984. Because I’m a masochist.
What’s the most “peculier” situation you’ve found yourself in while researching a story?
Having to rescue Booker prize shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet from a hut in a forest in India when he was being terrorised by a folk singer.
Do you think you have what it takes to commit the perfect crime?
Absolutely. I’ve already done it and no one noticed.
What would make you a better author but a worse person?
Stealing Ian Rankin’s ideas.