Just in time for Easter weekend we have the publication of Mo Hayder’s latest Jack Caffery novel Poppet. Now, the sign may say “PRIVATE KEEP OUT” but Mo has kindly let us in and generously replied to our probing questions.
1. Your arrival on the crime fiction scene came with a shocker of a book, Birdman, and you’ve established a name for yourself since with your ability to shock. Do you set out to do this or is it incidental, a by-product of a theme you choose to explore?
If something in life shocks me I can’t process it without putting it into my writing. It’s a sort of therapy, I guess.
2. Where your novels appear to turn on a theme or specific topic, what is it for Poppet and what’s its genesis?
Probably the theme is about how reality and hallucination can become indistinguishable for the mentally ill patient. Also I play around with ideas of faith and destiny.
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