New book is Tay­lor made for au­thor Gavin

Singer was in­spi­ra­tion

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - Jonathan Ged­des

His sto­ries are tough thrillers, but Hamil­ton man Gavin Bell found an un­likely in­spi­ra­tion for his new book – Tay­lor Swift!

The au­thor, who writes under the pen name of Ma­son Cross, will re­lease his fifth book, Pre­sumed Dead, next Wed­nes­day, April 18,

It sees his pop­u­lar lead char­ac­ter, Carter Blake, hired to find a girl be­lieved killed years pre­vi­ously.

How­ever, his in­ves­ti­ga­tion in a sleepy Amer­i­can moun­tain town sees some old se­crets emerge.

And the writer takes in­spi­ra­tion from ev­ery­thing for the books.

He laughed: “There’s a char­ac­ter in the book where the visual cues for her came from Tay­lor Swift.

“I re­alised when I was writ­ing it, that was ex­actly how I wanted this char­ac­ter to look like.

“You always take ma­te­rial from any­thing you can think of, and then work those ideas into the story.”

The au­thor feels that Pre­sumed Dead is dif­fer­ent to his pre­vi­ous ef­forts, which have been praised by the likes of Ian Rankin and Lee Child and all fea­ture Carter Blake – an in­ves­ti­ga­tor hired to find miss­ing peo­ple.

Gavin ex­plained: “I always de­signed Carter to be the sort of char­ac­ter dropped into dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.

“The first book was an ac­tion thriller, the third one had some Ja­son Bourne el­e­ments and this one is very much a se­rial killer book – it’s in­ter­est­ing to have Carter bounc­ing off these dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios.”

The writer feels he has a few sur­prises for read­ers in store and added: “This is the first book I’ve done where there’s some big twists in it, so I hope that peo­ple like that.”

Gavin will be speak­ing about the Carter Blake se­ries at two li­braries next week. He’s at Half­way Li­brary on Fri­day at 11.30am and at Cam­bus­lang li­brary next Tues­day at 2.30pm.

Swift ac­tion Tay­lor Swift (right) was the ba­sis for a char­ac­ter in Pre­sumed Dead, the new thriller by Gavin Bell (in­set)

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