Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Interview: Nadia Dalbuono (author of THE FEW)

Nadia Dalbuono has spent the last fifteen years working as a documentary director and consultant for Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, and National Geographic in various countries. The Few is her first novel. *Bio from Scribe Publications website

Nadia was kind enough to stop by to answer some questions about her debut novel and provide an insight into what readers can expect from Scamarcio in future installments. 

Read my review of THE FEW.

(Josh) Where did the idea of THE FEW originate from and what crime writers inspired you to write crime fiction?

(Nadia) The idea for The Few came from the vast array of corruption and sex scandals I came across in the papers while working in Rome. Italy is fertile ground for such tales. Crime writers who have inspired me, include Michael Connelly, Linwood Barclay, John Le Carre, Patricia Highsmith and Stieg Larsson.

An interesting element in THE FEW was Scamarcio’s ties to the criminal underworld and his apprehensive nature towards blurring the cold blue lines of law enforcement for the betterment of justice. How important was it to introduce this side plot to THE FEW?

This side plot was important because given Italy's imperfect justice system I've always been interested in how people work effectively within such as compromised system. If you are dealing with a justice system that doesn't function does it force you into 'unjust' behaviour?

The Few THE FEW places a heavy emphasis on political corruption (more implied than explicit) and abuse of power. Is this a theme likely to be prevalent throughout the series?

The theme of political corruption and abuse of power will be a key theme running throughout the series.

What research did you undertake pertaining to the various types of crimes referenced in THE FEW?

I carried out general research through newspaper cuttings, TV news stories and conversations with various experts in the field.

Jurisdictional confrontations are rife throughout THE FEW and play an important part in proceedings. From Scamarcio’s involvement with Garramone to investigating a missing child case with Garramone. These scenarios are prominent through most crime fiction, why do you think it’s such a staple in the genre? 

I think jurisdictional confrontations are so prominent in crime fiction simply for the conflict they provide. Conflict is the oxygen of drama + these tussles supply the plot with vital momentum and sustained narrative development. They also challenge the protagonist and offer a chance for character development.

If you could sell THE FEW in one sentence, what would it be?

How do you fight for truth in a society without justice?

What are you working on and how soon will readers get to read more of Scamarcio and the intriguing career choices he has ahead of him?

I'm currently working on the sequel to The Few. Scamarcio is drawn into an uncomfortable investigation with far reaching international implications. The inquiry threatens to compromise his private life and he's forced to take some difficult decisions about his past. It's time for him to grow up and he ends this novel a changed person from the angry young man of THE FEW.

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THE FEW is due to be published September 2014 (Scribe Publications).

Kindle edition available from 27 Aug 2014 from Amazon

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