Q&A Interview with David Videcette

I am very excited  that the lovely David Videcette  Author of The Theseus Paradox has dropped my blog to take part in my Q&A interview……so without further ado I would like to welcome the one and only Mr David Videcette

Hello David, thank you so much for joining me today

Hello and thank you for inviting me

Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I’m a former Scotland Yard investigator with the Metropolitan Police. I’ve worked on a wide variety of cases over the past twenty years or so. During my career I’ve searched thousands of properties, interviewed hundreds of witnesses and chased numerous dangerous criminals. And today I use all of that knowledge in my writing, as the author of a series of detective thrillers starring DI Jake Flannagan.

‘The Theseus Paradox’ is the first novel in the series and is based around the five years of my life which I spent investigating the 7/7 London bombings as a detective with the Anti-Terrorist Branch.

I live in London and have two children, and when I’m not writing, I consult on security operations for high-net-worth individuals.

When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
I think I was first inspired to become a writer when I won a school competition to meet Roald Dahl as a child. I loved ‘Danny, The Champion of the World,’ because I felt it was the first book that showed how the real world worked; how people (in this case poachers) operated on the edges of society and how borderline nefarious behaviour can win the day.
In about 2007, after working on Operation Theseus, the 7/7 investigation, for two years – I  realised that I had to become a writer because I had so many stories buzzing around in my head.
I like to imagine it’s a bit like being pregnant. I have to nurture a book and then give birth to it. Though at the time I didn’t have the confidence that I could actually do it.  It was only later that the confidence came –  when I started writing a few blogs and putting them out on social media to see what the response was. It was a positive one – so I took the plunge and wrote my debut novel. And now I’ve got the bug, I’m going to keep doing it! 

Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for? 
My books, I suppose, are crime fiction but they are slightly different to the norm because they are based on historical fact and personal experience and will always contain a real-life twist. I’m unable to speak about many of the things that I did during my time working in terrorism and organised crime due to the Official Secrets Act – but the act specifically states that it is not intended to interfere with a person’s artistic rights. That’s why, ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’ 
I write for readers who want to have their eyes opened to how things really work. The aim is to paint a very vivid and realistic picture of the pressures on our police and security services and what goes on in the seedy underbelly of crime. To catch the bad guys you have to think like one of them – and that’s why the best detectives always have a dark side. 

What is your writing process and how long does it take?
Firstly I dredge up everything from the recesses of my mind that I can remember about a case. Then I spend a lot of time researching facts that I intend to use as part of my story and new developments on old investigations; I have to understand those fully before I set about crafting my story to nestle amongst them.
When I’m not writing, working in my other role as a security consultant or with my kids – I am reading, constantly, trying to soak up as much information as I can. I read a lot of news and factual articles to assist with my understanding of current events or investigations from the past.  The Internet is fantastic nowadays and you can find information on anything in seconds. My editor is always shocked by the things I find out by simply using it as an open source intelligence tool! 

Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
Personal experience is going to be the basis of all my books. My lead character, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan is based on me in terms of the professional experience – and I guess in an emotional sense too.  The book condenses all my experiences of the 7/7 London Bombings investigation into just a few short months and shows what happens when bereavement and PTSD can affect an officer’s wellbeing. Obviously there are some things that Jake does which are not very nice or very legal…but I can’t tell you what’s fact and what’s fiction – only the reader can decide!
I would say that all my characters are based on someone or a mixture of people – though some are more obvious than others. I have a sign in my kitchen that reads, ‘Don’t upset me or you will end up in my next book’!

Who would you like to co-write with and why?
I’m very ‘messy’ when I write. I don’t start at the beginning and don’t write in any particular order. I write what’s in my head. I therefore couldn’t write with anyone who was too organised.
I bet sitting and having a pint with Ian Rankin would be fun – we’d come up with a good story. It might not get written very fast though… 

What’s your favourite book?
Tricky. I have many… possibly Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. 

What’s your favourite food?
It would have to be Thai Green Curry, Chicken in Black Bean Sauce, or Chicken Korma… perm anyone from three. I couldn’t choose between them. 

What’s your favourite film?
That’s an easy one. ‘The Great Escape’. I used to watch it every day on VHS as a kid. I must have seen it a thousand times or more. I know it word for word. I’m a huge Steve McQueen fan, so the film ‘Bullet’ comes a pretty close second.
I watch a lot of films. I will often watch a decent movie five or six times, noticing different things in it each time. I’m a sucker for trying to spot something different like a hidden message that the director has tried to hide or weave into the storyline somewhere along the way. 

What’s your favourite song?
I have a routine where I will listen to chart music right before I go to sleep. Adele’s ‘Hello’ is my current favourite. Next week it is sure to be something different… 
How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
You can visit my website at http://www.DavidVidecette.com
or chat to me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DavidVidecette
or via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DavidVidecette or ‘like’ the Theseus Paradox page at: http://www.facebook.com/TheTheseusParadox
The Theseus Paradox is available on Kindle here: http://hyperurl.co/KindleTheseusParadox

Thank you David for taking time out of your busy day and dropping by
Thank you shell I have enjoyed it.

2 thoughts on “Q&A Interview with David Videcette

  1. Really interesting blog, full of insights into your world, and highlights, for me, how real and aithentic The Theseus Paradox is. Great stuff, looking forward to book two!


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