Have you tried NaNoWriMo?
More than once, but it’s the opposite of the way I work, so I never get very far. I do like to use it as a goad, at least.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I think it’s great that it’s an option. I do think writers need to educate themselves on the process, and get a good proof reader, etc. Readers are more open to self-published books, but I think they still feel safer with main stream publications than with self-published books or even small press books. And reviewers and bloggers will often refuse them, if only to cut down on submissions. But there are also reviewers and bloggers who will only do small press and self-published work. I am planning to re-publish my romances, but they do have the validation of having been published by Dell and Avon.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?
I was utterly fascinated by the exquisite and strange world of The Night Circus. I loved entering each tent never knowing what would be inside. I was so intrigued that I went to Erin Morgenstern’s website and read about the peculiar way it was created. I’m very curious what will come next. I think she might be a very unpredictable writer.
Do you have a favorite mystery?
Many. I especially loved Megan Abbott’s Die a Little, which I think will be a classic of the genre. It’s unusual in focusing on the two women, which I loved, and the world, the style, is beautifully dark and twisted, and beautifully poetic. I recently reread it paired with Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, another favorite. Their themes of deception and betrayal play off each other beautifully. And one of the few other mysteries I reread is Have His Carcase, by Dorothy L. Sayers. I actually reread the whole quartet of Lord Peter and Harriet books. She’s a master stylist, so witty and elegant.
Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
I recently discovered Judith Rock, who writes a wonderful historical mystery series set in 17thCentury Paris. Not as dark as mine, but still edgy enough to please me, and filled with wonderful descriptions of the Paris of that era. The last one I read took a detour to the decadent Versailles court, so that was a lot of fun. I’m rather in love with her hero – not the best idea, since he’s a Jesuit priest. I’ve read all of Anne Perry’s books, with a strong preference for the slightly darker Monk and Hester series. And I love Charles Todd’s Rutledge series. That’s three of many in historical mysteries in particular. As soon as this is published, I’ll think of even more.
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Genre – Historical Mystery
Rating – R