Posted in 12 Words, Author Q&A's

12 Words with Rob Ashman

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

Today, as he prepares for the release of Those That Remain on the 22nd June, Rob takes on the 12 word challenge


Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)

Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.


LOC: What can you tell us about your upcoming release Those That Remain?

RA: It’s set in Florida about a serial killer codenamed Mechanic

LOC: What was behind the decision to write a trilogy?

RA: A catastrophic lack of planning, or that’s what my wife says.

LOC: Whats the most surprising challenge you’ve faced in your writing career?

RA: Being unable to switch off, the voices in my head are relentless.

LOC: How would you sum up your writing process?

RA; Hanging onto the coattails of a story being told by others.

LOC: Describe your perfect day

RA: Having friends over for afternoon fizz, a curry and lots of nonsense.

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?

RA: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

LOC: Why?

RA: The interlacing of the plot lines is genius, it kept me gripped.

and finally Just for laughs….

LOC: Thanks to the author Anna Smith you’ve just woken up on stage in front of the judges of a TV talent show, with just A recorder, a bag of dirty laundry and a bottle of cheap wine.  What do you do?

RA: Play Frère Jacques, drink the wine and get off.

Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch. 

Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that this sadistic killer is compelled to commit.

Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law. 

But who can he trust and who is Mechanic? 

Soon Lucas will learn that the truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might just have to put his life on the line… 



Bloodhound Books will also be publishing the next two books in The Mechanic Trilogy over the course of 2017.  Keep your eyes peeled for more info by following us all on Twitter….

@LOCrime   @Bloodhoundbook  and @RobAshmanAuthor

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