Like new kid

Writer Gavin not used to fame yet

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Cam­bus­lang au­thor Gavin Bell reck­ons he still feels like the new kid on the block around lit­er­ary gi­ants of his genre.

The 38-year-old is ready to re­lease the fourth book in his Carter Blake se­ries - ‘Don’t Look For Me’ which will be avail­able to­mor­row, April 20.

He is now a pro­lific writer on the cir­cuit and has been wel­comed by other au­thors.

But Gavin, who writes un­der the pen name Ma­son Cross, ad­mits it is hard to take in.

“It’s pretty crazy, I still feel new,” he says.

“I would have been happy to have one book in the shops. To have four, and hope­fully five by this time next year, is just fan­tas­tic.

“I’m just hop­ing no-one finds me out.

“Some­one said to me I was an es­tab­lished au­thor be­cause I had writ­ten four books.

“But when I meet guys like Ian Rankin or Mark Billing­ham, it’s weird to share a plat­form with them or have a drink with them in the pub.

“Guys like them and Val McDer­mid, they are al­ways re­ally sup­port­ive to new writers.

“Crime writers seem to be pretty laid­back and down-to-earth. Maybe in other gen­res they are a bit more guarded but I’ve not met any­one like that.”

Gavin’s lat­est work in­volves a change in pace from his pre­vi­ous three books: The Killing Sea­son, The Sa­mar­i­tan and The Time to Kill.

The main char­ac­ter, Carter Blake, is an ex­pert in find­ing peo­ple who do not want to be found, but this time he finds him­self track­ing down the one per­son he is not sup­posed to.

“In this book we find out Carter had a re­la­tion­ship and it went badly be­cause of his job,” Gavin explains.

“When she left, she left him a note say­ing not to look for her. But he gets in­volved in a case where a woman is wor­ried about her neigh­bour who has got in­volved with some shady peo­ple and it turns out it is the same per­son.

“He needs to break his prom­ise and go af­ter her. It’s a change in pace. Usu­ally he’s just do­ing a job but this time there is an emo­tional in­vest­ment.”

The book will be launched at Water­stones on Ar­gyle Street to­mor­row at 7pm.

He will then be at Cam­bus­lang Li­brary on Tues­day, April 25, where he will dis­cuss his books. The event is free and starts at 2pm.

The for­mer West Coats pupil is also work­ing on his fifth Carter Blake book but hopes to try his hand at some­thing dif­fer­ent as well.

“Hope­fully the fifth book will be out this time next year.

“I have a cou­ple of ideas for stand alone books and hope­fully I can find the time to work on them.”

Don’t Look For Me is pub­lished in the UK by Orion. Go to www. ma­son­cross.net for in­for­ma­tion.

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