Mar 102015
 
The House of Crime and Mystery: You went from journalist to ghostwriter to novelist; how would your fiction be different today if you’d started as a novelist?
Michael Robotham: Twenty-eight years ago, when I was still a journalist, I wrote the great unpublished Australian novel. It was more literary in style and quite worthy in tone, without a murder in sight. The novel was almost published by Penguin in the UK, missing out by a single vote in a final publishing meeting. Looking back, I’m glad that it wasn’t picked up. If I had been published at twenty-five, I would probably have thought I was God’s gift to writing and been quite obnoxious. I would also look back now and cringe at that first effort.
I am a better writer today for having been a ghostwriter. I know how to capture someone’s voice and hopefully make a character leap from the page and live and breathe in a reader’s imagination. I have the discipline and the tools to be a writer, but I have lost the ego. Every new book is a blessing. Every new reader is a joy. Life is good.
HoCaM: Do you have a long-term plan for your series or do you go one book at a time?
Robotham: It’s definitely one book at a time. I finish each one convinced there won’t be another. I tell my wife that every "description, one-liner, plot twist, setting and bit of dialogue has been used up, it’s gone. I’m an empty shell, a hollow human being, I will never write again." Then I follow her around the house for two hours until she tells me to go away. She finds me a few hours later, back at my desk. "What are you doing?" she asks. "I’ve just come up with an idea."
Jan 132015
 
First Alert: 8 Top-Shelf Crime Yarns to Help You Ring in 2015 | Kirkus:

On Kirkus’s list of books that are heating up this winter: Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell, The Kings of London by William Shaw, Lamentation by C.J. Sansom, and Canary by Duane Swierczynski.

Dang. 2015 is so awesome.

Sep 082014
 
““Women and girls are more familiar with the business end of the human capacity for cruelty and evil than Chandler’s old-fashioned man of honor would ever suspect; so many become acquainted with it at a tender age. But they are also tougher and more dangerous than he’d suspect as well. Tough enough to recognize that walking down those mean streets alone is the coward’s way out. Far greater challenges await within.””

- Salon posted this incredible essay about why today’s most exciting crime novelists are women. The icing on the cake: Lauren Beukes is featured.
Jun 042014
 
Arrest Us! LitReactor's Crime Writing Challenge:

Write a crime story by July 1st that meets the following criteria: No Italian mafia, no hitmen (or hitwomen), no sex crimes, no serial killers, word count between 3,000-5,000

The grand prize is publication in Thuglit! Submissions will be read by amazing authors and editors! And submissions are now open!

Apr 112014
 
“We don’t want to be hit men. We don’t find them glamorous; we’re repulsed by them. But we want to understand. As soon as we recognize something as being beyond our sensibilities, we have a need to learn why this isn’t the case for others. It isn’t a desire to see them succeed that leads us to crime fiction but rather the chance to stand close and watch how they fail.”

- Malcolm Mackay writes a brilliant piece on hit men for The New York Times. We have the great privilege of publishing his Glasgow trilogy next year!
Jun 172013
 
Hartford Books Examiner: As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?
Marcia Clark: I was a big reader from the first moment I was able to sound out "See Spot Run." The next thing I did was investigate what was making Spot run. I knew there was some nefarious crime afoot. :-)