When A Killer Strikes by R.C Bridgestock Blog Tour

I am super excited to be kicking off When A Killer Strikes by R.C Bridgestock Blog Tour with a Getting to know the character interview. Detective Inspector Jack Dylan who is the main character in Dylan crime fiction series written by husband and wife team Bob and Carol Bridgestock, under the pseudonym R.C Bridgestock. The authors have almost half a century of real police life experience which makes them master in the art of scripting the crime/police procedural series.


Can you describe your character?


Jack Dylan is 38yrs old (at the start of the series). Dylan, as we know him has brown hair and blue eyes. He has already spent 13yrs as a detective, and has 15yrs service when we meet him in Deadly Focus. As a lad he was brought up on a rural farm. Before joining the police he qualified as a butcher – did his early life prepare him for what he would witness in his future? He is stocky, kind-hearted but does not suffer fools gladly. Dylan has a great sense of humour and his colleagues respect him because he has come through the ranks. He’s a reformed smoker, well known for his caffeine addiction, carries strong mints to help him cope with post-mortems, ’smelly’ murder scenes and the mortuary. He was born in Harrowfield, West Yorkshire the town he now polices. His mum and dad are deceased but he has four siblings, two older brothers and two younger sisters who he doesn’t have contact with - but we don’t know why. He is married to the job - until he meets Jennifer Jones, at work. We don’t know much about his past love life. But, he appears to be a commitment phobe. Through out the series we learn more about what makes Dylan tick.
What is his job role and where does he work?


Dylan is a Detective Inspector, the senior investigative officer (SIO) at Harrowfield Police Station, and in his ‘spare time’ a trained Force Hostage Negotiator for suicide intervention, kidnap, extortion and  terrorism. He works out of Harrowfield Police Station, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), West Yorkshire.


Where did the original  idea of Dylan come about?


Bob and Carol are driven to write the D.I Dylan series by detailing the true facts of serious crime, including murder investigations in the hope that they can offer an insight into the real world of British policing mixed with cunning plots and human relationships. This adds a dimension to police procedural fiction which is truly genuine in voice and substance.The narrative aims to educate, entertain and amuse the reader with fast moving story lines.


As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases Bob took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone.


Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.


What makes him tick?


Being a detective requires stamina and an inbuilt mechanism to cope with the sadness, violence and perverted addictions our fellow human beings inflict upon each other. Dylan strives for justice for the victims of crime, as did Bob in real life.


What is his biggest fear?


Dylan hates heights, and the dentist.


If you and your character met in real life, do you think you’d get on?


I’d like to have worked for a guy like Jack Dylan - and indeed I did.


Who would you like to see play him if your books were made into a film or TV show?


That’s hard - when we started writing the series Brendan Cole and Joanna Froggit were our ideal to play our lead characters, but of course in real life actors age, and characters don’t... Shayne Ward (who plays Aiden in Coronation Street) is my current favourite to play Dylan.


How many books do you have in the series so far?


When A Killer Strikes is the eighth book in the Dylan series.


What’s in store for them next?


Who knows.... ;-)


Our website is www.rcbridgestock.com
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Author Bio
The D.I. Dylan series of books by RC Bridgestock (Husband and wife writing team, Bob and Carol Bridgestock) comes from a unique perspective of a collective real life experience of high level policing of 47 years. As a career detective Bob Bridgestock worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police force.


As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone.


Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.


The books offer an insight into the real world of British policing mixed with cunning plots and human relationships. This adds a dimension to police procedural fiction which is truly genuine in voice and substance.


Caffeine Nights Publishing is proud to be associated with this series of books which grip and touch the human heart as well as engage the mind.


The couple are consultant storyline/police procedure for Sally Waintwright on 2014 police drama series for BBC 1 Happy Valley and are also consultant storyline advisors/police procedural to Red Productions Ltd for ITV 1 Scott & Bailey & general police advice.


*Consultants to Endemol Shine North - Princess Productions Ltd 2016 - to date


*Consultants to Scott Free Films - 2016 - to date


Bob and Carol are represented by David Headley, DHH Literary Agency, Cecil Court, London
http://dhhliteraryagency.com/page5.html


Latest News:- Episode 7 (15th October), Inspired by 7th DI Jack Dylan ‘When The Killing Starts' - ‘Written In Blood’ CBS Reality series - starts 3rd September 2017  


* Voted by WHS Readers #8 Best Crime Authors of All Time
* Long list - CWA Dagger In The Library 2016


* Nominated in the Yorkshire Choice Awards 2017 #YCA17
Inspirational Individual of the Year
Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Contribution


*Consultants to RED Productions  inc:- Quote from Sally Wainwright ‘Your contributions is invaluable as police advisors and as storyline consultants.'
BBC 1 Happy Valley 2014/15/16
ITV Scott & Bailey  
PUNT PI - Series 7 - Episode 1 of 4 The Mysterious Death of Flying Millionaire Alfred Loewenstein  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0495dsf


Patrons - BASH -  (Brighouse And Surround Homeless) http://www.bashlocal.co.uk - Winners Yorkshire Choice Awards 2016
Patrons - Isle of Wight Society for the Blind -  http://www.iwsightconcern.org.uk - Winners Queen’s Voluntary Services Medal 2015
Patrons - RedLipstick Foundation - http://www.redlipstickfoundation.com
* Ambassadors - Bethany's Smile  - http://www.bethanyssmile.org
Ambassadors  - The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice - http://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk
Ambassadors - The Yorkshire Down Syndrome Group -  https://www.facebook.com/groups/872243736204192/





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