Old Friends and New Enemies

Old Friends and New Enemies

By   Publisher  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN  1530134137

ANSI  1530134137

Published in   Crime Criminals, Fiction, Mystery Thrillers,


The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for. But it wasn’t a stranger. Ian Selkirk must have crossed some dangerous people. Because now he was dead. Stabbed through the heart and dumped in the loch. Suddenly, a routine missing persons investigation becomes a fight for survival as Charlie goes up against notorious gangster, Jimmy Rafferty, who has ruled the east end of the city with fear for over thirty years. Rafferty is ruthless. Even his own family are terrified of him. But Jimmy’s best days are behind him and in the Rafferty clan a power struggle is taking place between the sons. Finding what the thief stole is the old man’s last chance to protect what he has built and hold on to power just a little longer. He wants to use Charlie to get it for him. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants. The trail runs from the cold dark water of Loch Lomond to the golden beaches of southern Spain, from the terraces of Celtic Park to a thrilling climax on the battlements of Edinburgh Castle. Charlie must give Rafferty what he needs or die. Only one problem. Charlie doesn’t know where it is.

What is the Tag Line for your book? (A short description of your book in a sentence or two)

How do you tell them apart?

Do you write full time or part time

Full time

How do you structure your day when you write

Around 9am I start and keep going till I feel that day is done...often around 4pm

Why do you write? (Example; For fun, to make extra money, a personal experience you want to share with the public)

I write to create the type of book I enjoy reading

What are you working on right now / or your most recent work

No 3 in the Charlie Cameron series

What inspired you to create this book

The desire for this series was to hopefully create something different from the stereotypical broken detective...someone who has a real life

What genre do you write in and why did you choose it

Crime thriller fiction because it's the genre I most enjoy reading

How much research did you do on your book? (If it applies)

Tons...depending on where the storyline goes. I find that even situations/areas you know well are constantly changing

How do you think you have evolved creatively from when you first started writing until now

I now know who I want to be as a writer and more importantly how to get there

What was the hardest thing about writing this book for you

This particular one has a lot of threads so plotting is challenging?

What was the most rewarding

To see it so well received... It's wonderful when feeders really 'get' what you are aiming for

If you had to start over, is there anything you would do different

I would self publish much more quickly than I have done

How have you evolved from when you first started writing until now

More mature tighter writing

Are you a planner type person, or do you prefer to dive right in when you write

I like to have opening/closing then I dive in

How much dialogue do you have with your readers

Lots through social media...and they really are wonderfully supportive

Do they influence your writing

Yes in the sense that I was going to write another novel but so many people wanted more Charlie that I had to concede

Do you recommend being a part of a support groups to help you with your writing

Yes...they are wonderful sources of knowledge

Do you work with an editor If so, how much input do they have

My first line editor and I work very closely...my wife Christine who is just fabulous

Was there anyone in your past that you think influenced your writing

Stephen King for sure...but years spent picking up random books to read a paragraph or two, so that I could clearly define my own style...has definitely been an influence

Do you have any tips or useful resources on marketing

Use your imagination when promoting your book...there are millions of book covers out there...you have to stand out

How are you publishing this book? (Indie / self-published, traditional)


What are your thoughts on book series

I obviously like them...when I like a character I want more

How long do you think a book should be? (Pages or words)

Around 80,000 for me

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers

I use social media and I have to say these guys are without a doubt fantastic

What advice would you give to your younger self today

Get started

What is your favorite book or film

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels film

If you don’t already have one, do you have plans to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall

I have one and really like them

What are you working on next

After the 3rd Charlie I plan a London gangster trilogy

When you get frustrated, how do you deal with it

Keep going and it will pass

What advice would you give a writer that is just starting out


About the Author

Owen Mullen

OWEN MULLEN'S debut novel Games People Play has been long-listed for Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Crime Book Of The Year 2017 School was a waste of time for me. Or rather, I wasted time; my own and every teacher’s who tried to get me to work. It took twenty years to appreciate what they were telling me. Life has rules. They aren’t written down but they exist nevertheless. I got that. Eventually. But by then I was thirty five. Along the way I missed an important clue. At ten I won a national primary schools short story competition – and didn’t write anything else for forty years. SMART BOY WANTED APPLY WITHIN As a teenager my big obsession was music. Early on I realised if I was successful I would probably be rich and famous and pull lots of girls. So how did that turn out? Well, you haven’t heard of me, have you? And this morning I caught myself worrying about the electricity bill. So the short answer is: one out of three ain’t bad. Running around the country in a Transit van with your mates is fun. It’s your very own gang. You against the world. Until you fall out and the dream lies bleeding on the dressing-room floor. When that happened I went to London [everybody from Scotland goes to London, it’s like first footing at New Year, or ten pints of lager and a vindaloo on a Friday night; a sacred tradition] and became a session singer. I also started gigging with different bands on the circuit. Back in Scotland - most of us come back with wild tales of great success, none of them true - I wondered what I should do with myself and didn’t have to wait long for the answer. Her name was Christine. We got married, I went to Strathclyde Uni and got a bunch of letters after my name, and toughing it out at Shotts Miner’s Welfare, or dodging flying beer cans at the Café Club in Baillieston, was in the past. The long hair was short now, I wore a suit and pretended to like people I didn’t like because we were ‘colleagues’. After many adventures I started my own marketing and design business and did alright. Christine and I were very happy, we travelled all over the place; India, Brazil, Botswana, Nepal, Borneo, Japan. One day I suggested we move. To the Greek islands. So we did. We bought land and built a beautiful villa overlooking the Mediterranean. Then the pan global financial crash happened, years of fiscal carelessness finally caught up with Greece; the exchange rate dived and the cost of living in Paradise went through the roof. I had to do something. Then I remembered the short story competition. I had been good at writing, hadn’t I? I wrote another short story called The King Is Dead…the first thing I’d written since primary school. When I typed the last word [Christine taught me to type] I held the pages in my hand then started to read. An hour and a half, rooted to the chair unable to believe what was in front of my eyes. For four decades I had shunned a god given gift. And as I read I started to understand why. It was awful. Not just bad. Bloody terrible. But I kept going. And now, eight years and seven books later, three literary agents plus two I turned down [they were reading a different book] I am a writer. My books are on Amazon. People buy them and come back for more. One seasoned London agent has predicted I am destined to be ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’ Yeah! So is the moral: follow my example, find something you’re good at and stick with it. Hardly. I didn’t, did I? Do it your own way; it’s your life. If you enjoy reading my novels please leave a review, it is immensely helpful