Episode 5: Christopher Brookmyre
Charlie meets Christopher Brookmyre, to talk about his experience starting out with Quite Ugly One Morning, in 1997. Chris and Charlie talk about their shared background in newspapers, terrible reviews and why it's still important to meet your readers.
Debut presents... The Robicheaux Files
Starting soon, Charlie McGarry (you remember him) and I, plus Hugh MacDonald and a rogue's gallery of guests will be reading through the Dave Robicheaux series of novels by James Lee Burke, as discussed at length by Charlie and I in an early episode of Debut.If you know the books, why not go back to the beginning with us. If you've never read Robicheaux - here's the perfect way to do it!
Episode 1: Rock Bottom
This is Debut, a podcast about one crime writer and his novel, from the bedroom to the bookshelf. Charles E McGarry has just lost the agent it took him years to find. His novel is manacled to the bottom of the slush pile. It's 14 years since he quit his job to chase his ambition to be a writer. How did he get here?
Episode 6: Val McDermid
Charlie meets Val McDermid, one of the most successful crime writers of the Tartan Noir generation. In a career spanning 30 years, Val has sold over 10m copies worldwide and has lots of advice for Charlie: about achieving authenticity; writing at the right time, and getting an agent.