Advice from IR Approved Author Darren Dash: “The more you write, the more you learn, the better you get — so keep writing!”

Molls Like It Hot received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Darren Dash.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Molls Like It Hot, which was published early in December 2019.

What’s the book’s first line?

London was a city submerged.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.

Eyrie Brown served in the Army when he was younger, but is now a taxi driver in London. When he comes to the aid of a wounded gangster one night and gives him a lift to safety, the gangster responds by offering Eyrie the chance to make a nice bundle of extra cash on the side. All he has to do is look after a young woman for a weekend. But the woman turns out to be a sharp-shooting nightmare, and Eyrie is soon in way over his head. As bodies pile up and twist follows twist, Eyrie is going to have to think fast and act even faster if he is to guide his ward to safety and ensure that he also makes it through the weekend alive.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

It grew out of my love of noir fiction, reading the novels of writers such as Mickey Spillane and Raymond Chandler, and watching films like Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. I wanted to pay homage to the genre and put my own unique spin on things.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

It’s a twist-packed page-turner, full of witty banter, sharp lines and beautiful, deadly dames.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

He’s a man with a dark past and a deep secret of his own. As the story develops, we learn that there’s far more to Eyrie Brown than first met the eye. I was riffing on characters like Mike Hammer and Sam Spade when I wrote the book, but Eyrie is quite unlike any of the traditional noir heroes, coming from a place of darkness that is all his own.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

Idris Elba would be pretty perfect for the part.

When did you first decide to become an author?

When I was fix years old and impressed a young “moll” with a story!

Is this the first book you’ve written?

No. This is the fifty-first book that I have published.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

I write full-time.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

It’s a full-time job, although having said that, I now have two young children, so I’ve been taking things a bit easier on the writing front over the last few years.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

I love the freedom of being able to publish any type of book that I choose to write, flitting between noir and sci-fi and horror and… The hard bit, of course, is trying to reach an audience and making people aware that the books exist.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?

The more you write, the more you learn, the better you get — so keep writing!

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?

I’ve gone traditional in the past. I’d be happy to go traditional again in the future. They can help take a book to a far wider audience.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

I just love telling stories.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

Stephen King.

Which book do you wish you could have written? 

Molls Like It Hot. Oh, wait… 🙂