In the Booth with Ruth – Col Bury

Thanks for having me ‘in the booth’ Ruth!

Ruth Jacobs

Col Bury

What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?

I was always pritty good at England at school innit!

Seriously, as a spotty teen, I used to meet up with fellow Mancunian writer and school-pal, David Barber, and we’d chat about the books we’d read and writers we admired (while I beat him at pool). It was mainly horror, back then; namely, the late great James Herbert, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. But then I read a novel called Switch by William Bayer that I’d picked up in a second-hand book stall up town for 50p (two murder victims’ heads were ‘switched’ to confuse the cops). This, er, turned my head to crime fiction.

Dave and I used to swap each other’s latest attempts at amateurish short stories and offer feedback, but we didn’t know what we were doing really. We went our separate ways, though…

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About Col Bury

Col Bury is the former crime editor of award winning ezine, Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers. Col's short stories can be found scattered around the net, and in anthologies, including, The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 9, 10 & 11. He is the author of the eBooks, Manchester 6 and The Cops of Manchester. Col's debut crime novel, MY KIND OF JUSTICE was published by Caffeine Nights in 2015. He blogs, reviews and interviews crime authors at
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