Hello everyone. And this week we are joined by Kevin Robinson, the author of the British Police and Crime Directory – a must have resource for authors in the UK looking to get first hand knowledge to support their crime writing.
Kevin has 30 years experience in policing both in and out of uniform across rural, urban and city beats in England. He also teaches policing to the police force and provides specialist technical support and advice to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Eurocustoms as part of their anti-drugs and organised crime programmes and projects.
The Kevin Robinson Interview
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
I took part in an armed drugs raid with the Durban Metro Police but was the only one there without a gun or body armour (and I wasn’t the suspect).
How did you choose a title for your book?
I wanted the casual browser to be left in no doubt what my book was about and who it was aimed at and that it was current. It is written for writers (of any genre) and researchers and it is a directory of links to information about the British police and crime in Britain, hence it’s title the British Police and Crime Directory for Writers and Researchers 2015. It made sense to me at the time.
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
I’ve had many life experiences most people have not had and done lots of things other than writing, while just wanting to write, so now that I’ve have the opportunity to retire, writing is the one thing I want to do above all else. All I have to do now is remember that and get on with it.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?
Yes I believe there is but often this comes from individuals rather than all people from a particular group. It doesn’t only apply to the world of writing. Elitism is a character flaw that exists all over the place.
Have you ever written naked?
What makes you think I’m not doing that right now? After all, you can’t actually see me, can you?
Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
According to my family that has already happened. For some reason they see Shrek as me or is it me as Shrek? I can go with that, at least he means well. I think if some action hero type played the part of me, they would be pretty inactive and bored most of the time.
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book? My book is a directory of resources that can help authors portray the police and their methods accurately but the location of those resources is apt to change at a whim and so making sure the links in the book and what they link to is up to date is an ongoing challenge. That’s why I opted for publishing an e-book rather than a paper version. I can instantly update the e-book as and when it needs it. A paper book would probably be out of date the day it was printed.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
How to read. My parents weren’t very supportive in this area, partly because they weren’t big on reading themselves. Thankfully, I had teachers who were very patient, encouraging and supportive. I am now obsessed with books. I love to read anything.
What is the book that you wished you had written?
The Bible. I like factual history and I would love to have been able to do the research to find the facts that should make up the bible. It would have come out more as a historical book rather than a religious reference though so I would have disappointed a few million readers around the world. I guess I’d have been a bit selfish.
What is your favourite TV moment of all time?
It’s got to be Neil Armstrong stepping on to the moon’s surface. I was a kid at the time but I’m still in awe with the whole space programme.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
It depends upon my objective at the time. If I want to concentrate on detail it tends to be coffee but I can’t drink it in the afternoon as it makes me fall asleep. Any other time of day, it wakes me up. So for an afternoon stimulant I rely of tea. However, if I want to go off on a creative ramble, wine or whisky work best. I’m prolific at such time as my self-editing head is stupefied and I can get on with throwing the words out. In the morning though, I don’t even need a coffee to realise that I was drunk the night before. That’s when the self editing gets deep and nasty.
Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?
My worst one is procrastination. I just can’t seem to rid myself of it. At times I almost feel like it will hang over me as drink does an alcoholic.
If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?
I know from experience, there is no way to commit the perfect murder so would probably do my very best to avoid having to commit one.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Kevin and his book?
You can find British Police and Crime Directory in Kindle and Paperback format here:
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