I’m currently working on a strange idea that’s been wriggling in my brain for some time. It’s a sort of crime thriller meets sci-fi/ fantasy. It’s set in a border town called Abeyance. It’s on a fissure between realities and is a gateway between worlds, because – as I said in a conversation I had a few years ago – “many of us are already teetering on the brink of reality”.
Essentially a British policeman chases a cop killer into the town and has to adjust to the strangeness, to Garda made up of mythological creatures and a station house housing more than just gardai. I want it to have a western feel, but to sill be, in essence, a British whodunnit.
So I write along with some of my favorite young musicians to give me a a dark, gritty western background, in the hope it will feel more like 3:10 to Uma than Poirot or Fern Gully. I’ve been listening to little lovely Holly Macve singing the Corner of my Mind and No One Has the Answers. If you get a chance to see her when she’s on tour, it’s well worth it. She’s fantastic.