Meet the Author – GJ Moffat

What first got you interested in the law?

I wanted to be a lawyer from a very young age; inspired by the fictional heroics and courtroom melodrama of “Petrocelli”. I studied law at Strathclyde University and after graduating trained at a small general practice firm in Kilmarnock. I am now a partner in my current firm in Glasgow.

Did you always secretly want to be a thriller writer?

I started writing seriously in 2001. It had been an ambition for a long time and at school I always chose the creative writing option for essays in English class. After turning 30 and having enjoyed success in my career as a lawyer to that point, I decided to have a go at writing a novel.

How do you juggle a successful Legal career and your writing?

I tend to work at night after my kids are in bed – sometimes going on to the wee small hours when I’m in the writing zone.

Which other authors do you read?

I’ve always been a voracious reader of fiction and got my first taste of the crime genre with James Ellroy’s LA Quartet – The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz. I read mainly American crime fiction including Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly. Robert Crais, John Sandford, Raymond Chandler. I think Ellroy’s LA Confidential and American Tabloid are literary classics, transcending genre fiction.

What do you do with any spare time (if you have any!)?

Well, I’m learning to play guitar – another long held ambition that I took up in late 2007. I also spend a lot of time with my two daughters – indulging them in my favourite pastime of going to the movies. That gives me a chance to watch great kids’ movies.

Daisychain is published by Hachette Scotland

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