STILL ‘getting used’ to being a published writer, Lewis man Malcolm Mackay is none the less enjoying the release of his début novel ‘The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter’.
And with two other titles to follow in the new-comers’ crime fiction trilogy – ‘How a Gunman Says Goodbye’ and ‘The Sudden Arrival of Violence’ – Malcolm has definitely got the first steps to a successful writing career tucked safely under his belt.
‘The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter’ – launched by Mantle publishers on January 17th – delivers an arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities.
A 29 year old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings, a casual conversation, but behind this is a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them.
He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organisation wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target: Lewis Winter.
It’s hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences.
Malcolm first began to write in his early 20s: “more to pass the time rather than anything else,” he said, adding: “I was under no illusion that I was any good at it.”
A couple of years ago however, the now 30 year old author started to take his literary craft more seriously, and found himself absorbed by the crime fiction genre.
He explained: “I started reading classical US crime fiction. I don’t know why I find it so interesting, but it’s a genre in which you can cover pretty much whatever you want; a genre where you can make the characters as good, or as bad, as you want.”
Yet, having lived on the Isle of Lewis his entire life, it proved a necessity to set his début off-island, as Malcolm continued: “I knew I wanted to write crime fiction and a story based around the gangland culture and Stornoway was just no good for that. I needed an urban setting and Glasgow was it.”
Earlier this month Malcolm travelled to London for the book’s launch – an experience he called ‘surreal but great fun’; and the writer has been pleased with the reception which has met ‘The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter’.
“The reviews have been great, no one has given it a kicking yet, so far it’s been very positive and hopefully it will stay that way with the next two books,” Malcolm expanded.
“When I met with the publishers I had the idea for the second book in mind already, but the second one didn’t quite complete the story so we decided to go for a trilogy. The second book will be out in July and then the third next January.”
“I’m fingers crossed that this is the start of a career as it would be a dream job, but it still all feels pretty weird, feels kind of unreal, but I’m slowly getting used to it,” he added.