Q: Who or what are you?
My name is Bert Rock, and I lived alone until I was sent down for life - not my fault, the bastards framed me. I've never been married or had a family - not my choice, Dot left me for a richer guy and it left me bitter, I won't trust a woman again.
Q: How did you become antagonistic?
Dot leaving me was where it started, then a guy I grew up with, Roly Mason - we used to be petty criminals but both went straight after a spell in prison - blamed me on his deathbed for three murders done thirty years ago, and nobody would listen when I said he was lying.
Q: What do you hope nobody ever finds out about you?That I watch Neighbours, I'd never live the shame down
Q: What do you like or dislike about the other characters from your book?
I never stopped loving Dot - they blamed me for her death, you know? As if I'd kill her! Roly was a double crossing bastard, and as for his two sons; one a posh copper, the other as useless as a chocolate teapot. And don't even get me started on that arrogant, over-privileged bloody lawyer, Kyle Barrymore…
Q: What's the worst thing you've done to someone?
I killed three people, but they drove me to it, took me to the edge. It was their own faults.
Q: What type of places do you hang out in?
Since I was sent down, I've found God, so I spend a lot of time in the Prison Chapel. What else could I do? Maybe if I pray enough they'll let me out of here.
Q: What's the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?I still remember every second of my first kiss with Dot all those years ago, from her dancing in the grass under the summer sun, surrounded by beautiful flowers, before I tried my luck, to her letting me get to second base. What a day.
Q: Do you have any pets? Do you want any pets? What kind?
Never had a pet in all my life - filthy, smelly bloody things, full of fleas and all.
Q: What do you think of drugs and alcohol? Are there any people should not do? Why or why not?
Bring it on. I haven't had a good ale for far too long. Youngsters are twats when they have a few too many, but maybe I'm a bit of a hypocrite, 'cos I've always loved my booze.
Q: If you could change anything in your book, what would it be and why?I would have brought Roly back to life and beaten the shit out of him.
Price: Paperback £9.99, Kindle (subject to change) £1.95
Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (20 Feb 2013)
Link to website: http://www.rickithomas.com/