Author Influences with Owen Mullen

I’m really pleased to be joined by crime writer Owen Mullen today. The first two novels in his Charlie Cameron series are out now. So which authors have had an influence on Owen’s life? Read on to find out…


Which authors/books did you like to read as a child?
As a child I read all the usual; Tom Sawyer, Huck’ Finn {what a great name} and Treasure Island.
Were you good at English at school? Did you like it?
Good at English – yes, good at passing English exams – no! It was very much my favourite subject; still is. I am fascinated by words and what they can convey.
What genres do you like to read? Have they had an impact on the genre you write?
I most often read crime fiction, not surprisingly this is the genre I write in. Raymond Chandler, Conan Doyle all the way through to Ian Rankin have all had a hand in shaping the writer within.
If you were to write a different genre what would it be and why?
I have written in a different genre; a thriller set in Pakistan. I like both my reading and writing to have plenty of twists and turns.
Did any author’s work encourage you to pick up your pen and write and if so who, what and why?
No one author in particular but all of them in some small way.
Are there any authors who, as soon as they publish a new book, you have to get it?
I used to feel that way about Stephen King. Today I tend to read very old books or very new books by authors I am not familiar with.
Which books have you read that have made you think ’Wow, I wish I had written that’ and what was it about the book?
Sherlock Holmes for sure – the characters are so clearly defined, and I can easily suspend my belief; even when the plot is far-fetched.

Have any of your plots/characters been influenced by real life events/people? (Be careful, I don’t want you getting sued!)
Yes, I never realised that beneath this handsome (yes, you read that correctly) exterior lurks a magpie. I realise that I have been storing images and events my whole life.

A huge thanks Owen for taking part.

Owen’s novels Games People Play and Old Friends and New Enemies (you can read my review HERE) are out now.

About Owen Mullen

When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.

Connect With Owen

Facebook: @OwenMullenAuthor

Twitter: @OwenMullen6


2 thoughts on “Author Influences with Owen Mullen

    1. Hahaha it is a blast from the past. I have tried with Stephen King but have never really managed to get into his books. I just can’t get away with his writing style sadly.

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