Like new kid
Writer Gavin not used to fame yet
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.