1) How would you describe your books?
(Hopefully) strong narrative with an equally strong moral underbelly
2) What is your favourite crime read of all time?
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
3) Would you describe yourself as a Crime fan and if so, which authors do you most admire and why?
My understanding of 'Crime fiction' is very wide indeed, as my previous answer demonstrates. It is perhaps more accurate to say that I am a fan of any novel where this is a moral or emotional crisis which requires resolution - and nowhere is that more sharply exhibited than in situations where a crime has been committed; where human behaviour has crossed the boundary between right and wrong - whether that is recognised by the law or not; where we struggle to understand both victims and perpetrators.
4) Who, in your eyes, is pushing the boundaries of crime fiction today - and why?
I can't answer that because I couldn't claim to know the terrain, to have read widely enough to appreciate who is doing what, and why their work is innovative. That said, my inclination is to say that the boundaries of crime fiction are, by definition, elastic, almost without breaking strain - as the list of sub-genres would suggest (detective fiction, legal thriller etc). This is, of course, the tremendous quality of crime fiction. Both writer and reader have enormous scope to pursue their interests. Certain novels could as easily be placed under literary fiction as under crime. The labels begin to unpeel.
5) Without giving away the plot, which book included your favourite plot twist of all time?
If I can refer to a novel that might be classified as detective fiction - and this is interesting, given my previous answer, because there is no crime involved - I would say Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Hanging over the entire plot is a single question launched very early in the novel: who is Pip's benefactor? The resolution of that problem forms not only the climax of the novel, but is intimately linked to Pip's self-discovery.
6) What is your favourite movie adaptation of a crime novel?
The Big Sleep
7) The main protagonist in your two novels is a monk called Anselm. You have had a wide and varied career or calling having been a friar and then trained for the bar - things Anselm himself has done. How much of yourself do you see in Father Anselm?
As a character who I will be exploring in subsequent books, he is very different to me: it is not a case of extended autobiography. He will be presented gradually in the context of each story. I, too, will be discovering him through this turning of the page. That said, there is a great deal we share: the questions he asks; the puzzles that preoccupy him; his propensity to get it wrong before he accidentally gets it right. And in that last, I suppose - the getting it right - there is a great deal of wishful thinking!
8) Where do you see Crime fiction going next?
As I said before, I lack authority. But I see no reason why crime fiction cannot be co-extensive with the reaches of any kind of fiction - understood as attempts to reflect on and enrich our lives at the deepest level.