Chris Carter

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Chris Carter

Chris Carter was born in Brasilia of Italian origin and spent his childhood and teenage years in Brazil. After graduating from high school, he moved to the US where he studied psychology at the University of Michigan with specialisation in criminal behaviour. During his university years he held a variety of odd jobs, ranging from flipping burgers to being part of an all-male exotic dancing group.

He worked as a criminal psychologist for several years. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney's criminal psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions.

Chris then moved to Los Angeles, where he swapped the suits and briefcases for ripped jeans, bandanas and an electric guitar. After a spell playing for several well-known glam rock bands, he decided to try his luck in London. He toured the world several times as a professional musician.

A few years ago he gave it all up to become a full-time writer.


Interviewed 14 October 2017

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

Crazy, tough, frustrating, struggle, funny, lucky, rewarding, enlightening, amazing, love.

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

The sky, my printer, a chesterfield chair, bean bags, files, a plant pot, several skulls, a paper shredder and a very extensive whisky collection.

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

Truth be told, I’m a terrible cook. I can barely make toast without getting it wrong. There’s only one dish I usually get it right, so it has to be that one – prawn and scallop spicy stir-fry.

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

Nikola Tesla, Sigmund Freud, Kurt Cobain, Lemmy (Motorhead), Bruce Lee (non-alcoholic drink as he didn’t drink), Sebastian Bach (from Skid Row when he was younger, not the German composer) and Jimi Hendrix.

Six things you can't live without ...

Music, books, love, friends, laughter, single malt Scotch whisky.

Five favourite words ...

Single, malt, Scotch, whisky, love.

Four places you'd run away to ...

Cape Town, Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, Berlin, Sardinia.

Three books you've bought recently ...

The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen, The Child by Sebastian Fitzek, The Affair by Lee Child.

Two things that make you rant ...

Discrimination and ignorance.

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

Don’t worry so much about everything. Things will be fine.