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Author Interview


Hi Everyone, 

Today on my blog I have an interview with David Nolan, the author of Black Moss.



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In April 1990, as rioters took over Strangeways prison in Manchester, someone killed a little boy at Black Moss.

And no one cared. 

No one except Danny Johnston, an inexperienced radio reporter trying to make a name for himself.

More than a quarter of a century later, Danny returns to his home city to revisit the murder that’s always haunted him. 

If Danny can find out what really happened to the boy, maybe he can cure the emptiness he’s felt inside since he too was a child.

But finding out the truth might just be the worst idea Danny Johnston has ever had.



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David is a multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter. He has written a dozen books including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police. He presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary based on the book called The Abuse Trial. It won both the Rose D’Or and the New York International radio awards in 2016. Officers involved in the case helped David with the police procedures featured in Black Moss, particularly the way the system deals with missing children.



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 Publisher – @fahrenheitpress



Here is my interview with David Nolan, thank you so much David for taking the time to answer my questions. 


1.    Where did you find the inspiration for your book?

I’d been writing a factual book about historic abuse and it was cancelled in rather mysterious circumstances. In fact, I was paid not to write it. I was very angry and frustrated so starting banging something… anything… into my laptop. It turned into Black Moss. Nearly everything in the book is real: Black Moss is a real place, the characters are based on real people and much of the action takes place against the backdrop of the real-life Strangeways riot in 1990.

2.    If your book came with a theme song, what would it be and why?

Probably ‘Step On’ by Happy Mondays. You couldn’t escape that song in Manchester in 1990. Manchester felt like the centre of the universe at the time. Because it was. And still is!

3.    Who is your favourite character and why?

The main character in Black Moss is radio reporter Danny Johnston but he isn’t a great human being. He’s a drunk driver, a bad journalist and is emotionally very cold. My favourite is probably Gary Keenan. He’s a radio station engineer who works with Danny – a Swiss Army knife type of guy who gets things done. He also says the first thing that comes into his head, no matter how rude it is. I’ve worked with a lot of Gary’s over the years: outwardly they’re very gruff but actually they have hearts of gold. Sometimes.

4.    What is your favourite genre/author to read?

I mainly read biographies and factual books, particularly about music and comedy. Then I started to read crime fiction a few years ago. There were often journalists portrayed in the books… but they were usually depicted in very unrealistic ways. They’d do things that real journalists couldn’t or wouldn’t do. I wanted to put that right – Black Moss is not a police procedural, it’s a journalism procedural.

5. Do you have any tips on the process of getting published.

Don’t focus on being published, focus on finishing what you’ve started.        Then… be incredibly lucky. If not, get a luck transplant. Or borrow some luck. Luck is really important.

6. When you’re not writing, what other hobbies do you have?

I love to walk in the hills around Manchester. People are surprised how bleak and forbidding they are. There’s barely a tree to break up the landscape. They are as scary as anything the Scandinavians have. Never mind Scandi Noir…Black Moss is Manc Noir.

7. What are you working on at the moment?

A follow up to Black Moss that might not be a follow up at all. I don’t want to say – I don’t want to jinx it! It’s all about luck.



Please do go and check out all the other amazing blogs that are contributing to this tour. All the names and dates are listed below. 




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