What should audiences expect from your event at Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival?

I’ll talk about my Hebridean-set books, how the dark, brooding atmosphere of the islands is perfect for noir fiction, and discuss the psychology of fear when reading.

This year’s festival theme is Fear. How do you think your event will fit in with that theme?

My books deal with the psychology of fear.

What are you most afraid of and why?

Missing my plane, because doing so would disrupt my travel plans.

What was the last book you read?

Deaf-Blind Reality (for research). The last fiction was The Dry by Jane Harper.

Who is your favourite writer and why?

Probably Graham Greene, because he has a marvellous way of creating and manipulating characters for dramatic effect. He’s also an extraordinary writer.

What do you find is the easiest and/or the most difficult part of writing?

Writing… and writing.

What are you working on at the moment that you are most excited about?

I’m working on a new book set in the south of Spain.

Peter May will be appearing at Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival on Saturday 3 November at 2pm. Book tickets here. He is also hosting an exclusive bus tour of sites from his best-selling book The Blackhouse on Friday 2 November at 11am, as part of Faclan Fringe. Book tickets here.