Today I am on the Blog Tour for Retribution by Bob Bennett and I am here with an interview for you all.
Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.
Title: Retribution Author: Bob Bennett Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 8th April 2021 Format: Paperback Source: N/A Summary: After a mysterious disappearance on the canal, Jock turns up in Belfast gun-running for the IRA during the ‘troubles’. He hatches a more lucrative scheme with a Palestinian and the story follows the conspiracy to divert weapons to the Black September Organisation. Helen, Jock’s erstwhile partner in a previous black market scam, is reunited with her son after a prison sentence and she fears for her safety while Jock is at large. We follow the arms shipment by road, Grand Union Canal and sea to a destination on the Suffolk coast where Jock is ultimately served his final retribution.
What is your favourite thing about writing books? Developing the characters and the relationships between them within the context of a credible story.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why? Ben Blake – he’s based on myself!
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? ‘Mythos’ ( – it’s a Greek beer.)
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? Getting annoyed by interruptions.
How did you research your book? Reference to Inland Waterways charts, Irish History (Seamus MacAnnaidh). Wikipedia.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? I try to be a bit of both. In Retribution there is one sequence where I got quite excited when the words somehow took over and developed the plot in a direction I hadn’t thought of.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? That created by John Mortimer for ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’. If I could work in chambers alongside Horace Rumpole maybe some of his wit and wisdom would rub off!
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? Odysseus – for his intellect and resourcefulness.
About the Author
Born soon after WWII Bob Bennett trained as a classical musician at Birmingham School of Music and Birmingham University. After a short period with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra he followed a freelance career as a trombonist and music teacher. For the last 20 years of his full-time working-life he was an Official of the Musicians’ Union in Birmingham, and then as the London Regional Organiser. He is now retired, lives by the sea in Suffolk and working on his third novel.