Feb 17, 2013

Carol’s ‘Close Up’ with Author Steve Christie!


Carol Bridgestock

Author Steve Christie

I recently met Steve through a social networking site for authors and it was nice to see how supportive he was to others, which made me want to know more about the man himself!

Hi Steve,

Tell me a little about Steve?

I’m originally from Aberdeen and moved to Edinburgh in the late eighties to do an HND in applied Consumer Studies after I was made redundant from Texaco and have been here since. I have been married for twenty five years and have two sons my youngest is severely autistic.

What are you working on now?

I hold down a full time job but am also hard at work on my second novel.

Okay so now we’re friends share something about the real Steve Christie that others would maybe not know… ;-)  

I play guitar and played in a band in the seventies. looking back on those times now I cringingly remember having some very weird hair styles and some decidedly strange outfits.Oh, I remember the seventies well! I had every colour of leg warmers and a Suzy Quatro hairstyle!

I guess you don’t have much spare time but if you do how do you relax?

I still play a bit of guitar, more into blues nowadays and I love going for long walks around Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh) with my wife and my Border Collie. And of course there’s the writing.

If you won the lottery what would you spend it on?

I think I would buy myself a small farm in the middle of nowhere and spend my time enjoying the piece and quiet. Every thing is so noisy nowadays.

A man after my own heart, that’s why we moved to the Isle of  Wight. :-)

Are you a savoury or sweets guy?
Definitely savoury. Especially if Im enjoying a beer or two. You can’t beat a big bowl of dry roasted peanuts.

You men are so predictable! LOL You sound just like Bob.

What’s your earliest memory?

There’s a few acres of woodland in the Hazlehead area of Aberdeen. My dad would always take the family for long walks up there every Sunday. He had a real knowledge of nature and he would tell us the names of all the birds , trees and plants we would come across during the walk. Although I was quite wee at the time I vividly remember these woodland trips. I often surprise my self with just how much of this knowledge I have retained.

What’s your favourite smell?

Damp woodlands on a fresh Autumn morning.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given or best advice you’d give?

Best advice? Never give up and believe in yourself?

And your favourite book? 

Probably Lord of the rings. I’ve read it a few times now and still go back to it now and again. I suppose that might surprise some people me being a crime writer but I believe if you have a great story with some good characters you can place it into any genre.

That’s really freaky… Bob and I started to watch the Lord of The Rings on DVD just last night…

Who was the most famous person you have worked with and what were they really like?
I havent met a lot of famous people, but I did meet Keith Richard when the stones played Aberdeen many years ago. Seemed a nice guy, very down to earth.

The prized possession valued above all others?

My Guitar collection. It’s not very big but some of them are quite old. Im particularly fond of my vintage Stratocaster and old Martin acoustic.

You sound like Tom our son in law. He plays Base in a couple of bands. Look out for ‘Champs’! :-)

The pet hate that makes your hackles rise?

I hate the way some people punctuate the air with their fingers while telling you stuff.

The person who has influenced you the most?

My wife Audrey who has pushed me when I needed pushing and who has the distinct knack of calming me down when I go off on one!

We have our uses don’t we Audrey? :-) Hi there!

The figure from history that you’d like to buy a pie and a pint? 

Probably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Simply for this fact. I have always had a great fascination about the Jack The Ripper Murders. I would love to get his take on them. What would Sherlock Holmes do if he was investigating the case? I would love to know.

The unlikely interest that engages you curiosity?

American Wrestling, It’s pure escapism.

The treasured item you lost and wish you could have again?

My dad had a Rolex watch he got while he was in the army in Singapore. He gave it to me and I told him to hold on to it when I moved to Edinburgh, he died a few years ago and no one seems to know what happened to it.

The song that means the most to you?

Gerry Raffertys Baker Street. It’s a personal thing between me and my wife.

The happiest moment you cherish?

The birth of my two sons. I was present at both.

The saddest time that shook your world?

The death of my father was hard but the death of my younger sister shook me to the core.

The philosophy that underpins your world?

Do unto others as you would have done to yourself, I’m a great believer in karma.

Totally agree Steve which brings me to the first passage of this interview… ;-)

So glad we met Steve! Good luck and thank you, I hope we stay in touch!

Now’s your chance to tell the readers all about your novel ‘Good Deed’ and where they can read more about you and order your book of course!

Good Deed is a fast paced crime novel that captures the reader from beginning to end. The gripping story of Good Deed rattles along relentlessly, leaving the reader breathless but enthralled. Good Deed introduces a new Scottish detective hero, DI Ronnie Buchanan, who is certain to quickly attract a legion of fans.

The events crammed into Good Deed take Buchanan from his base in Aberdeen on a frantic journey around all the major Scottish cities as his increasingly deadly pursuit of a mysterious criminal master mind known only as Vince comes to a breath-taking climax back in Aberdeen.

The pace of Good Deed is exceptional and unremitting. It is the kind of book that demands to be read in one sitting, but most readers will be so breathless as the saga unfolds without pause that they will need occasional rests before eagerly returning for more.

Where You Can Find Me.
Book Links.

Till next time on Carol’s Close Up!

Ta’ra for now!

C x



  • I gave up at “Fender Stratocaster”!!

    Seriously though folks, another great interview….some real insights.

    • :-) Thanks Andrew! :-) Hope to see you back again soon! ;-)

      • Thanks Lin for visiting ‘Read’s Ramblings’ :-)

  • I enjoyed the interview immensely. Your questions flowed nicely. Steve is a wonderful person and writer. I told him I loved writing. Since that post, he has become my mentor and friend. He always encourages me, giving hints here and there when I need to open my mind and just let it go. I have great respect for him. I enjoy reading his short stories as well as his novels. I must confess that every writer I have met on FB has been kind, encouraging, and full of life. Of course, that’s what makes a good writer in my opinion. I hope you will interview Steve again when his sequel to GOOD DEED has arrived on the bookshelves……Gail..

    • Great to meet you here Gail! Thanks for joining us on our blog. I will definately keep in touch with Steve and have him over again when the sequel to Good Deed is launched – and maybe you one day! :-) It would be great to keep in touch.
      Best of luck! Carol & Bob :-)

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