Keith Nixon joins me today on blog tour to take part in my Getting to Know the Character interview. But first of all lets check out the Blurb for Russian Roulette….
Getting to know the character interview questions
A reluctant investigator, a sordid English seaside town, a criminal underbelly.
Trouble has a habit of seeking out Konstantin, whether he wants it or not. Starting from the moment he arrives in the seedy seaside town of Margate where he’s supposed to be in hiding from his ex-employers. All Konstantin wants is to keep his head down and be left alone. But it’s not to be. People have their problems and Konstantin can’t help but get involved.
Konstantin has to overcome the drug dealer, the loan shark and a Liverpudlian gangster. Then there’s the so-called good guys, the councilors and lawyers who are worse than the criminals. Enter Fidelity Brown, aka Plastic Fantastic, a dominatrix who has her own mélange of secrets and lies, and nightclub owner Ken who’s connected to all the wrong people. Both help Konstantin solve the cases dropped on his doorstep.
Cue deception, murder, mayhem as the Russian settles into his new life. Margate will never be the same again. And neither will Konstantin…
Meet the enigmatic Konstantin, a man with a dark history and darker future in the start of a unique crime thriller series laced with a healthy dose of black humour. Pick up Russian Roulette to find out what all the fuss is about.
Getting to Know the Character Interview
Can you describe your character?
Konstantin Boryakov is a bit of an enigma, even to me. He’s Russian, ex-KGB, and spends some of his time as a tramp. Why? Because nobody notices vagrants, in fact people tend to avoid them. He’s a big man, never avoids a fight and likes vodka. And trouble has a way of finding its way to his door, people bring him their problems and he can’t help but help.
What is his job role and where does he work?
Konstantin now lives in Margate, Kent in the south east of England. As for his job, these days he’s a freelance investigator, albeit a reluctant one who never gets paid for what he does.
Where did the original idea of Konstantin come about?
By accident, really. The first book I wrote in the series was The Fix (chronologically the second now) Konstantin made an appearance in his tramp role. He was a secondary character and almost a source of amusement conceived when I was in the air flying between the UK and Dubai. However, as the book came along Konstantin took on a larger part than I’d originally intended.
My publisher or the time wanted a short story to promote The Fix – this became Dream Land, the first instalment in Russian Roulette, and begins the moment Konstantin first arrives in Margate (and immediately into a spot of bother) and how reveals why he took on the role as a tramp.
What makes him original?
How many ex-KGB investigators who dress as a tramp do you know?
What makes him tick?
Konstantin has a dark past. He’s done bad things. He operates by a different set of morals to the rest of us. If he cares about a person, or meets someone who can’t defend themselves, Konstantin will do all he can to help. And he tends to meet fire with fire.
What is his biggest fear?
That someone from Konstantin’s past will get to his estranged wife and daughter through him.
If you and your character met in real life, do you think you’d get on?
Konstantin is the kind of guy who doesn’t like company and speaks little. I’m the polar opposite, so it would probably be a bit of a struggle (though I’m pretty good at filling silent spaces). Thankfully there’s very few people I don’t like in life (just a couple of ex-bosses) so overall, very probably we would.
Who would you like to see play him if your books were made into a film or TV show?
Funnily enough, I’ve recently been asked several times whether Kim Bodnia, the Danish actor who played Konstantin in the recent hit TV series Killing Eve (which I loved), would be right. Unfortunately he’s a little too old. The actor would need to be somebody physically imposing, in their 40s, quiet and able to rock a decent beard. Maybe Dave Bautista (Guardians of The Galaxy and Spectre) or Tom Hardy.
How many books do you have in the series so far?
Four – Russian Roulette, The Fix, I’m Dead Again and Dark Heart, Heavy Soul.
What’s in store for Konstantin next?
I’m part way through the next instalment for Konstantin, it will be like Russian Roulette in style; a series of interlinked novellas. Of course, things never remain quiet for very long and Konstantin is visited by several faces from the past. First and foremost there’s Fidelity Brown. Her sister is being held by a local mobster, on the top floor of a heavily guarded block of flats and only Konstantin can break her out. And the Stanley twins return for a spot of revenge. It will be later in the year before the book comes out; there’s two more books first.
Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.
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Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to take part on Blog Tour