: An interview with Andrew Nicoll

xuGosh! A Scottish writer on my blog! It’s a joke, naturally, but you are a very amusing person so this interview will be a little different from the others. My English is horrible, so good luck to both of us. First of all, thanks for accepting my interview and welcome. Let us not forget good manners. Tell us something about you. Where you came from? Where are you studied?

I come from Broughty Ferry, the place where the story of Miss Milne is set. It was once a little fishing village on the east coast of Scotland but, about a hundred years ago, it was swallowed up by the city of Dundee. We have lived here since my grandfather’s day. But we are new arrivals. In the 18th century my family lived about 20 kilometres north of here and my mother’s family about 20 kilometres south. I have no real education. I went to school here, then I went to work.

What jobs have you held in the past before becoming a full-time writer? What can you tell us about this experience?

A full time writer? Well, I suppose I am a full time writer since I have been a newspaper reporter for 36 years but I am not a full time novelist. It’s a hobby. I write books on the train to work. Before I became a reporter, I worked briefly as a forestry labourer after leaving school. I quickly learned that I was not cut out for life as a working man.

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: An interview with Qiu Xiaolong

cover60279-mediumWelcome Qiu Xiaolong. Thanks for accepting my interview. Tell us something about you. Who is Qiu Xiaolong? Strengths and weaknesses.

A: Thank you for talking to me. Who is Qiu Xiaolong—which reminds me of a similar question in the new Inspector Chen novel: who is or becomes Inspector Chen? Well, just some basic info here about myself. An accidental novelist writing about China in English. Accidental in that during the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, the Chinese government banning my poetry collection made me write in another language, in another country, and in another genre. That may actually point to some of strengths and weaknesses in the Inspector Chen series. I’ve been trained as a poet rather than as a novelist, much less as a crime novelist writing in the non-native language, but it’s ironic that these disadvantages sometimes turn, at least partially or unexpectedly, into advantages at this global age. Continue reading

: An interview with Sophie Littlefield

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Hi Mrs Littlefield. Thanks for accepting my interview and welcome to my blog. Tell us something about you.Who is Sophie Littlefield? Strengths and weaknesses.

I am a single mother of two grown kids. I live in Oakland, California, in a wonderful area full of lively ideas and art and restaurants. My longtime boyfriend is a police officer – and yes, I do use him for research! We have just acquired a black laborador puppy, who requires a lot of attention. I suppose my strength is deep, passionate commitment—to my children, family, friends, and of course my work. I work very hard and I try to be cooperative cooperative and encouraging to my peers. As for weaknesses—when I am working, I often neglect the rest of my life. I would like to achieve better balance! Continue reading

: To the Bright and Shining Sun, James Lee Burke (2014 by Gallery Books)

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This early novel from bestselling author James Lee Burke is a gritty coming-of-age story about a young Kentucky miner growing up in the Appalachian mountains who’s torn between his family life and the lure of the city.

James Lee Burke, a writer who “can touch you in ways few writers can” (The Washington Post) brings his brilliant feel for time and place to this stunning story of Appalachia in the early 1960s. Here, Perry Woodson Hatfield James, a young man torn between family honor and the lure of seedy watering holes, must somehow survive the tempestuous journey from boyhood to manhood and escape the dark and atavistic heritage of the Cumberland Mountains.

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The Nominees for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

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My favourite

BEST NOVEL

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Life or Death by Michael Robotham (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (Penguin Random House – Dutton)
Canary by Duane Swierczynski (Hachette Book Group – Mulholland Books)
Night Life by David C. Taylor (Forge Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster)
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Atlantic – Grove Press)
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm (Penguin Random House – Viking)

BEST SHORT STORY

“The Little Men” – Mysterious Bookshop by Megan Abbott (Mysterious Bookshop)
“On Borrowed Time” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Mat Coward (Dell Magazines)
“The Saturday Night Before Easter Sunday” – Providence Noir by Peter Farrelly (Akashic Books)
“Family Treasures” – Let Me Tell You  by Shirley Jackson (Random House)
“Obits” – Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
“Every Seven Years” – Mysterious Bookshop by Denise Mina (Mysterious Bookshop)

Here all the categories.