This week we’re discussing 44 Scotland Street By Alexander MCall Smith, who was a suggested author from the lovely New Writing North.
As I’m cheeky and shy kids get nowt, I sent him an email, and by jove, he replied and answered a few questions especially for Middlesbrough Book Group.
How did you go about writing this as a serial for a newspaper? – Did you have an end goal in sight story-wise? Or did you write as you went along?
I started to write Scotland Street on the request of the then editorof the Scotsman newspaper, Iain Martin. The story evolved as I wrote it- and it often went in unexpected directions.
We like to have soundtracks to go along with books – can you give me 5 songs which match ’44 Scotland Street’ or ones you listened to whilst writing?
Five pieces of music:
Soave sia il vento
Mozart, from Cosi
Mist-covered mountains (pipe music)
King Fareweel, Jacobite song
As time goesThe Penguin Cafe Orchestra (anything of theirs)
If you had to live next door to any of the characters who would it be and why?
Domenica Macdonald – I would enjoy her conversation.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m writing volume seven in the Scotland Street series and also working on the new Isabel Dalhousie book.
The February Book Group is at 6.30pm at Writer’s Block (underneath BBC Tees, with a red awning, directly opposite the bus station). We had a lot of people turn up for January’s group and it would be lovely to see lots of people there again – new members are always very welcome.
And, I’ll be announcing March’s book at the group, which will be randomly picked from a hat of suggestions sent in by book group members.