Tonight I am delighted to be joined for Friday Night Drinks by a new author, whose debut novel I reviewed on the blog earlier this year and found original and impactful. Welcome to the blog…Jamie Paradise.
Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening, Jamie. First things first, what are you drinking?
A couple of Asahis, then some nice red wine.
If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
Ibiza or East London
I think I’ll go with the first one, I’m ready for a holiday! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Charles Bukowksi and Emily Bronte
Wouldn’t that be a fascinating mix! So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I just signed with a brilliant literary agent for my next novel and beyond – a long-term relationship.
What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
Having my debut novel, Night Time Cool, published and the brill reviews it has received in The Observer, Mail On Sunday and Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year podcast. Biggest challenge was 20 years of trying to elevate my writing, followed by landing an agent (see above).
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
Booker Prize, then Nobel Prize for Literature
Hey, if you’re gonna go, go big! What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
The novel I mention – a love affair – think True Romance.
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
India is amazing have been there three times, but LA is beyond anywhere I’ve been and I’m lucky enough to have seen much of the world. LA is so vivid.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I aim to be the Picasso of Fiction
Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West. Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennessean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Eat a nice fat doner kebab with chips, then get up early and do my daily 9K run.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
More drinks and nice food of course!
Jamie, thank you so much for joining me, it’s been great getting to know you better and I look forward to reading your next book.
Bent Met police detective DI Frederick Street rules as the Sheriff of Shoreditch who loves shaking down the street goons he arrests. Elvis Street is the son who cannot stand his father for being the balls-out crook he caught in bed with his girl. Elvis wants to take Frederick down and end him forever. Neither father or son realises how much the other understands what controls them. Neither father or son will ever back down. Night Time Cool is the story of why?
Jamie Paradise writes all his stuff in a darkened mansion filled with the cadavers of ancestors
The Observer says of Night Time Cool: “Paradise conveys the sheer thrill of partying beautifully; he writes of a piece of music that: ‘It wailed, it reprised, it was a choral hymn a kaleidoscopic, sensate burst of everything right now…'”
Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year podcast: “Like John Niven, Jake Arnott – I really enjoyed it – very much worth your time.”
Mail on Sunday: “A punchy streetwise caper, packed with memorable characters.”
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Next week I will be joined for Friday Night Drinks by author Lynda Renham, so please do come back then.