Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I spent ten years churning out copy for one of Europe’s largest investment companies before deciding to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an author. I'm 44 years old and I live in Norwich with my wife, Lisa, and our chocolate Labrador, Murphy. I love reading crime fiction and I'm also a big fan of rock ‘n’ roll – everything from early Elvis right through to the Foo Fighters.
My first novel, Justice For All, introduced Zac Hunter, an uncompromising ex-cop who’s on a one-man mission to clean up the mean streets of Los Angeles. In the sequel, Blood Law, Hunter’s search for a missing child leads him into dangerous territory and he soon finds himself caught in the middle of a gang war. The Beholder is my third novel, and this time Hunter must face off against his most dangerous foe to date, a psychotic serial killer who’s out to settle an old score.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called The Beholder, and it was inspired by two things; firstly the terrible exploitation of South American women that have been smuggled into the United States, and secondly the long running history of female disappearances and murders that has occurred in the Mexican border city of Juarez.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
When I come to a creative standstill, I like to walk my chocolate Labrador Murphy in the nearby woods until inspiration strikes.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a sucker for great American crime fiction, so I have a long list of favourite authors, but for the sake of brevity I’ll mention just three:
First, Robert Crais, for his excellent plotting and strong dynamic between his two principal characters, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
Second, Andrew Vachss, for his tough protagonist, the urban survivalist, Burke, his unsurpassed knowledge of the gutter (both urban and human), and his razor sharp black humour.
And third, James Ellroy, the demon dog himself, for his refusal to compromise in anything that he does, and for being the man who gave us L.A. Confidential and American Tabloid.
And I also draw inspiration from quality American cop shows – stuff like ‘The Shield’ and ‘The Wire’ – which I’m told has helped to give my writing a cinematic quality.
What are you working on now?
The Beholder is the first book that I've self published, so I'm trying to get my head around self promotion and marketing!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is something I'm now trying to work out! I am very proud of my own website however, as I think that my web designer, Christine Woods, has done an awesome job. See for yourself at www.stevenhague.com.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write. It's very easy to procrastinate or get distracted, but the only way to get a novel written is to push ahead with it. You'll have days where the words come easily to you, then you'll have others where every sentence has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the world – its these days where you just have to knuckle down and keep going.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don't let the bastards grind you down!
What are you reading now?
The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm planning on revisiting my first manuscript (the only one that hasn't been published), to see how much work it will take to get it up to snuff.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Within the crime genre, maybe L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy, outside of that, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein, as the sheer scale of the author's achievement had a profound impact on me as a boy.