Peter May

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Peter May

Peter May is the author of the Lewis trilogy, the China thrillers and the Enzo Files, as well as several standalones. He was born in Scotland and worked as a television scriptwriter, producer and script editor before quitting TV to focus on novels. Chinese crime writers made Peter an honorary member of the Chinese Crime Writers’ Association – the only Westerner to receive such an accolade. He now lives in France.


Interviewed 21 March 2015

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Hard, frustrating, rewarding, impoverished, lucrative, demanding, depressing, uplifting, awful and wonderful.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Three computer screens, a buddha, a French book poster, a set of headphones, the Mediterranean, an empty Actimel container, my iPhone, a swimming pool, a palm tree.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Stir-fried ginger chicken.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Ernest Hemingway (if he were still around), Eric Clapton, Billy Connolly, Sean Connery, Alan Parsons (I will very shortly), Nicola Sturgeon (already have) and Paul McCartney.

Six things you can't live without ...

My wife, my daughter, my best friend, my computer, my iPhone and good wine.

Five favourite words ...

Coruscating, desuetude, detritus, dilatory and prescient.

Four places you'd run away to ...

London (already have, but never again), the Seychelles, Cyprus and Southern California.

Three books you've bought recently ...

11/22/63 by Stephen King; Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger; 1965 by Christopher Bray.

Two things that make you rant ...

Tories and unfairness.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Follow your heart.