The Grifter by Ali Gunn and Sean Campbell @GunnCrime @DCIMorton @zooloo2008 #blogtour #authorinterview #thegrifter

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Happy Thursday everyone! Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for The Grifter by Ali Gunn and Sean Campbell. Today I’m interviewing one of half this writing duo.

Massive thanks to Zoe O’Farrell of Zooloo’s Book Tours for inviting me to join the blog tour and to Sean for answering my questions!

The Blurb

He stole billions.

Meet Kent Bancroft: investment guru, rising star of the London social scene, and, keep it quiet, the mastermind behind the biggest fraud in history.

Among his victims is the most unlikely of nemeses: a working-class electrician turned vagrant, a man with no money, no power, and no big ideas. Except one: the burning desire to get even, whatever the cost.

Will Kent see him coming before it’s too late?

Or is London’s richest man about to find his comeuppance in London’s most downtrodden?

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The Interview

In 10 words or less, describe your book?

A rich banker commits fraud, his victim wants revenge.

Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

The juxtaposition between poor victim & rich con man. I wanted to write a dual POV novel that showed two men, one trying to keep a Ponzi scheme going, the other his victim trying to get his own back.

They’re both struggling with similar issues – notably, money – but at totally different scales. The novel uses Maslow’s Hierarchy as a framework: one will rise, the other will fall.

Throw in an old-fashioned revenge crime caper, the challenge of a vagrant taking on a billionaire David vs Goliath style, and a challenging to write, easy to read dual POV alternating between their stories, and voila, The Grifter.

Talk us through a typical day for you?

I don’t think I’ve had a typical day since… early 2020. But enough said about that. These days, I’m usually up at six. If I’m on a research day, I’ll read (both fiction and a lot of non-fic), watch documentaries, crime shows, scribble down ideas, and generally try to refill the ideas bank.

On a writing day, I’m usually alternating between writing, editing, and dealing with everything else a writer has to do (emails, the business side of things, etc). I tend to cycle back and forth, editing earlier chapters before writing new, to help tie it all in together. If it’s a co-authored project, like The Grifter, I’ll also have a lot of back-and-forth bouncing ideas around and trying to make sure everything lines up neatly. Dropped threads, inconsistencies, and the like are my pet peeve so I do my best to hunt those down.

What sort of books do you read and what are you reading at the moment?

Mostly crime. Recent fiction reads have been TM Logan’s Lies & MW Craven’s Born in a Burial Ground. On the non-fic side, I’m about to start reading Forty Years of Murder by Professor Keith Simpson.

Can you share anything about your work in progress?

My next crime novel is “Murdered by the Mob” (a working title) which will be a spin-off from my bestselling DCI Morton series. It’s sort-of the eight in that series as Morton will make an appearance, but DI Rafferty will be the star of the show. It’ll tie off some loose ends from the earlier books including the return of the Bakowski Crime Syndicate. I’ve got three totally unique murders planned for this one which I’m quietly proud of because new methods are so hard to come up with, and I’ve already burned through a few! (see The Patient Killer & The Evolution of a Serial Killer).

Who reads your first draft?

Me. Then my partner. Then it goes to a couple of much-more-talented-than-me author friends who I am ever so grateful to for giving me their time and energy. After that, I’ve got a handful of readers who give me an honest assessment of where I’m at before I bring in the paid editors, subject matter experts, and the like.

Just for fun: what would your Mastermind subject be?

Wimbledon winners on July 7th 2013 between midday and eight o’clock.

Who Is Sean Campbell?

Sean Campbell

Sean trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar of England and Wales back in 2011. Luckily for him, he now spends his days working out how to kill people without being caught, and then flipping the switch to play detective. His non-writing interests vary from photography and cinema to rugby and hiking. You can usually find him somewhere in one of London’s coffee shops – look for the big bearded guy taking up way too much room and hogging the Wi-Fi.

He is the author of the seven DCI Morton novels (Dead on Demand, Cleaver Square, Ten Guilty Men, The Patient Killer, Missing Persons, The Evolution of a Serial Killer, and My Hands Are Tied), one seasonal novella (Christmas Can Be Murder) plus the standalone crime thriller The Grifter.

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Who Is Ali Gunn?

Ali Gunn

Ali Gunn kills people for a living*.

The characters in Ali’s books are the kind of strong, fearless women that every girl dreams of growing up to be.

The first DCI Elsie Mabey novel, The Career Killer, has been downloaded over 75,000 times since its release.

Book two in the series, The Psychopath Within, is due for release in 2022.

Ali is also a co-author of The Grifter, out August 15th 2021.

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