Ali Gunn is the author of The Career Killer and the soon to follow The Psychopath Within. Those books are DCI Elsie Mabey novels with strong, fearless women that every girl dreams of growing up to be. In Gunn’s latest work, The Grifter, a soon to be released co-write with master author Sean Campbell – of Dead on Demand fame, the authors go in a whole new direction.
So, Ali, tell us a bit more about yourself.
A. I’m the author behind the novels you mentioned. I write crime with a strong psychological undercurrent, and I like to get the forensics right.
What inspired you to become a writer?
A. I’ve always worked in crime. Writing is a natural extension of that.
What is your latest book about?
A. The Grifter is about two men, one a billionaire fraudster, the other his homeless victim who wants revenge. It’s a taut, dual POV novel that shows both sides of the coin using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a plot device: one will rise, the other will fall.
Do you plot or outline your stories?
A. Plot. Always. Otherwise the details are too hard to align properly. I admire authors who can wing it off the cuff without tripping themselves up on the minutiae.
What’s the best thing about your latest book?
A. It’s totally unique. I’ve read thousands of crime novels and The Grifter is nothing like any of them.