They’re absolutely essential, as you know so well yourself. First book you have out, especially… Who else is even going to carry it in hardcover?
Without the independents, we both would have blipped in the chain stores and then disappeared. I’ll never, even forget that part, and I’ll always make sure I go back to the independents with every book. Always.
I’m not sure if he’s expanding his range so much as just becoming himself a little bit more, if that makes any sense. I was looking back at the first book the other day and it struck me how afraid he was. This big ex-cop, ex-catcher was scared to death of just about everything. It’s so obvious to me now that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder – although I don’t remember thinking that so explicitly at the time. As the books progressed, he more or less got over that initial trauma – the death of his partner – and got on with his life. Which unfortunately means getting his ass kicked all the time.
The first book won the St. Martin’s Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel award to begin with (the companion award to your Malice Domestic award), then the Edgar for Best First and the Shamus for Best First.
I’d have to go back and look, but I think I’ve also had three Anthony nominations and two more Shamus nominations. But really, as you know, the awards are answers to trivia questions. Having your books hold up, having people read them and enjoy them, that’s all that matters.
Wish I could outline, sometimes envy those who do, couldn’t do it myself if you held a gun to my head.
I think of a good beginning and just go. And hope I don’t get too lost.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always dreamed of one day being in a red box. Can it get any better?
I’m not sure I’ve ever thought of it that way. I don’t want to be like anybody else, really.
If people do mention me in the same breath as Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, and Michael Connelly, then I’m honored by the comparison.
Yikes, that almost sounds like I should respond by talking about myself in the third person… But anyway, there’s always a next book, and this one will be a departure from the series. It’ll be set in New York State.
I honestly don’t even know if it’ll be a standalone or the start of a new series The one thing I do know is that I’ll always go back to Alex.
There are so many great writers in the field right now. It’s almost ridiculous. On the UK side, I love Ken Bruen’s stuff, and Denise Mina’s Garnethill trilogy. On the US side, there’s a young writer named Steven Sidor who hasn’t really made his splash yet. If you could buy stock in writers, I’d be long on him. And there’s this other writer named Julia Spencer-Fleming – perhaps you’ve heard of her?
“There are so many great writers in the field right now. It’s almost ridiculous. On the UK side, I love Ken Bruen’s stuff, and Denise Mina’s Garnethill trilogy. On the US side, there’s a young writer named Steven Sidor who hasn’t really made his splash yet. If you could buy stock in writers, I’d be long on him. And there’s this other writer named Julia Spencer-Fleming – perhaps you’ve heard of her?”