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»Nothing gives you your self-confidence back like 350,000 people downloading your book. (…) The sales figures are updated in real time and it was really addictive. I had to ration myself to only checking them after a day on the farm.«
- James Oswald
Tom Rowley with a portrait about James Oswald, a Scottish farmer, who became a successful crime writer. Read more at The Telegraph.
»For me, it’s also the ability to have women who are bad characters … the one thing that really frustrates me is this idea that women are innately good, innately nurturing. In literature, they can be dismissably bad – trampy, vampy, bitchy types – but there’s still a big pushback against the idea that women can be just pragmatically evil, bad and selfish … I don’t write psycho bitches. The psycho bitch is just crazy – she has no motive, and so she’s a dismissible person because of her psycho-bitchiness.«
Gillian Flynn in conversation with Oliver Burkeman on her bestseller Gone Girl and accusations of misogyny. The portrait about Mrs. Flynn you can find at The Guardian.
»As soon as I put a detective in a book, that was it. It was a crime novel. There’s no way around that,« she says. The limits became frustrating. »I thought, ‘I am confined by this. No matter how much I try to break those bounds I’m still confined by expectation in that particular genre.’«
Kate Atkinson leaves her detective tales behind – and the gamble pays off, John Barber says. He talked with the author of the novel Life After Life. His portrait about Kate Atkinson you will find at The Globe and Mail.
»Keep Calm and le Carré On.«
A poster in the office of John le Carré
John le Carré has not mellowed with age, Dwight Garner says. His worth reading portrait about the author you can read at The New York Times.
»Anyone seeking insight into the isolated pariah state of North Korea could do worse than turn to the work of Inspector O – a mysterious detective with a knack for weaving his way through the political conspiracies of Pyongyang in an attempt to solve crimes.«
The former CIA officer James Church sets his crime novels in the Communist state after years of extraordinary access. Clifford Coonan met him in Beijing. His potrait on James Church you will find at The Independent.
»I’ll let others decide if I’m a good writer, but I AM a good story teller and will claim that for myself.«
Mary Higgins Clark
The Associated Press with a potrait about the ‘Queen of Suspense’ Mary Higgins Clark (her latest novel Daddy’s Gone a Hunting). Read more at The Washington Post.
»There is no such airbrushing in le Carré’s work. He recognises the ruthlessness of the state and its offshoots, the secret services, and also, in his later work, of those quasi-states that are multinational businesses.«
The background to John le Carré’s novels has always been amoral, but in A Delicate Truth, the all-powerful state has torn up the rule book, Allan Massie says. His review of the novel and a potrait of John le Carré you can read at The Telegraph.
»Rawson became one of the four founding members of the Mystery Writers of America, who still present their annual Edgar Awards for excellence in crime writing.«
Christopher Fowler with an portrait about Clayton Rawson, who has created a detective a sort of US Father Brown of magic. Fowler’s portrait at The Independent.
A short video portrait about Anne Perry. By Open Road Media.
»Atkinson’s true genius is structure. Her books wend forward and backward, follow multiple stories from multiple points of view, throw dozens of balls up in the air — but always conclude with loose ends tied up, so that everything makes sense.«
The New York Times correspondent Sarah Lyall with a worth reading portrait about british novelist Kate Atkinson (latest novel: Life After Life). Read more at The New York Times.