»Exploring difficult themes within the framework of historical fiction certainly gives me some distance. I based a scene in The Devil’s Ribbon on a shell attack in Kabul where I saw three people decapitated and where I was only maybe a metre or two from where an RPG landed. I transferred that image and those feelings of shock and despair into Hatton’s mind and world.«
D. E. Meredith
»Rules are almost always an individual’s personal preference at a particular moment in time. I don’t mind if Elmore Leonard chooses to carry every piece of dialogue with “said”, because it works for his style of writing – but he’s wrong when he says it’s an invisible word.«
A fine converstation: D. E. Meredith and William Ryan talking about historical crime fiction, settings and writing rules. Read more at the Shotsmag Blog.
»While the book clearly isn’t a documentary, I hope readers will take away something of the spirit of the Poles and their culture, their sense of humour, and their extraordinary bravery in fighting for their freedom throughout the twentieth century.«
It’s indeed a bloody good read: Where The Devil Can’t Go by Anya Lipska is a novel about Poles in the UK with the multifarious protagonists Kiszka and Kershaw. Why she has chosen to write about a PI and a DC? Find out at the Shotsmag Blog .
P.S.: My review of the german translation Sündenfall will be out next weekend.