At our last Writebulb meeting we had the pleasure of welcoming Bruce Kennedy Jones as our guest author, a crime reporter by trade with two published novels and a third in the pipeline.
He is an engaging man with a wonderfully dry sense of humour who told tales of his experiences with great comedic effect. I was entranced by his stories of gangsters and thugs and he had me hanging on his every word. I must admit that the world of organised crime both fascinates and frightens me. It is a world very different from mine and one that I hope to never experience first hand!
And that, for me, is the joy of reading and writing.
transports me to other worlds – a place in time, a different planet, a tricky relationship or a whodunit; the possibilities are endless, as can be seen by browsing Waterstones’ shelves. I like most genres, but all my favourite reads have a common theme: a tale that is interwoven with a strong factual background. This makes the story believable and one with which I can identify. Reading
Writing allows me to be nosey in the guise of ‘research’ and to weave the fabric of truth and fiction together in the hopes of creating a believable, fictional story. Bruce Kennedy Jones has done this incredibly well with the title of his book, The Last Straight Face - a term he invented to mean an ‘honest’ criminal, one who lives by the ‘criminal code’ (whatever that may be!). There may be such a thing as a criminal code, or there may not, but he’s got me believing!