5-4-3-2-1: Rohan Gavin

By Jim Dean, January 7, 2016

We’ve heard nothing but good things about Rohan Gavin’s Knightley & Son series! Book three, 3 Of A Kind, is released today, so it seemed a great time for him to tackle the 5-4-3-2-1 questions.

5 TV shows you can watch all day long (when not busy writing)
I grew up reading a lot, and watching a lot of American film and TV, so I guess it was logical that I began my career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. I think there’s something to learn from the economy and fun of Hollywood story-telling. I could happily watch Magnum PI for the Ferrari and the sunshine, 24 for the nonstop tension, The Shield for the almost Shakespearean drama set in Downtown LA, Curb Your Enthusiasm for the excruciatingly awkward situations, and Laurel & Hardy for pure comedy.

4 authors you’d want with you if you were stranded on a desert island
Well, my mum Jamila Gavin is an author, so I suppose I could plead with her to do my laundry? Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, lived on a Caribbean island and knew how to mix a strong drink. Charles Dickens could come up with some dark and humorous characters to entertain us round the campfire. Bear Grylls is an author isn’t he? That’s handy.

3 songs that sum up the last novel you wrote perfectly
I always listen to a lot of music when I’m writing, to capture the mood that I’m trying to create. With Knightley & Son: 3 Of A Kind, it was a combination of drama, suspense and something to capture the essence of America, where much of the book is set. So that included: “The Dream” from the Vertigo film soundtrack by Bernard Herrmann; “The Man” from the Once Upon A Time In the West film soundtrack by Ennio Morricone; and some West Coast hip hop pioneered by Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, or (the more acceptable) Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise”.

2 items of swag you’d love to see made (could be for your own book or someone else’s, or a mix)
For Knightley & Son: branded tweed hats and waistcoats.
For the Wells & Wong series: engraved hockey sticks.

1 relationship you love reading about
Parents and children. Often the parents are excluded from a children’s story, but Danny The Champion Of The World by Roald Dahl was the inspiration for my series, Knightley & Son, because I loved the tender but sometimes difficult relationship of father and son. And those tensions are amplified tenfold when the family are thrown into dangerous situations.

3 of a Kind publishes in paperback on 07 January 2016 priced £6.99. Keep up to date with all things Knightley & Son by visiting www.knightleyandson.com

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