“A Blooming Good Read”: Jackie Mallon about reading

"I should mention I have no method to my reading. If I had, I would waste less time on unworthy books (ah yes, The Goldfinch…) Currently I’ve chosen well. I am revisiting the illicit charms of Lady Chatterley’s Lover which I read in my early teens probably concealed behind a copy of Smash Hits magazine. … Continue reading “A Blooming Good Read”: Jackie Mallon about reading

Richard Kalich: How I Write

I don't have a method but... and it’s a big ‘but’... I can speak of a pattern that has repeated itself with all four of my novels. And the same will be true with my next. I see my novels metaphorically. By that I mean an image comes to me... and that image, that poetic metaphoric image, contains all I need … Continue reading Richard Kalich: How I Write

Sam Hawken about LA FRONTERA: “The most controversial novel I’ve ever written”.

And the border is still "As I look forward to the release of The Night Charter, I can’t help but cast a look back over the past few years and the books I wrote to get where I am now. I’ve written plenty about The Borderland Trilogy from Serpent’s Tail, but I’ve written less about … Continue reading Sam Hawken about LA FRONTERA: “The most controversial novel I’ve ever written”.

Craig McDonald: “Why I write: One true sentence.”

Why I Write A while back, the wonderful Jen Forbus was collecting six-word memoirs from various crime and thriller writers. The exercise was inspired, she wrote, by the line attributed to Ernest Hemingway (a frequent supporting character in my Hector Lassiter novels) that resulted from a challenge to craft an über short story. The result, … Continue reading Craig McDonald: “Why I write: One true sentence.”

Why do I write? by David Hogan

Why do I write? I write because I am a prisoner. I write because there exists, beyond the walls of my preconceptions and just outside the barriers of my inventiveness, another story. It’s not wholly personal or cultural or factual. It’s not religious or utopian. Nor is it political. It’s all of these things, or … Continue reading Why do I write? by David Hogan

“From the menial, I’ll build meaning.”

Why I Write by Jackie Mallon The sound is like a low growl. You mightn’t hear it but even when I look at peace, I’m making it. Then I itch and scrape. Is my stomach empty? Do I need a walk? A nap? A blanket? Kibble? Tranquilizing? Reading, yes, that calms me. For a while. … Continue reading “From the menial, I’ll build meaning.”

“There’s only that unbidden quest to make a sentence sing…”

Why I Write By Colin O'Sullivan I write because I have to. No message, no voice. I write for it demands me. Because I have no choice.   I wake and think of writing, I go to bed the same. All day I think of writing, My antidote, my pain.   Nothing matters but the … Continue reading “There’s only that unbidden quest to make a sentence sing…”

“In praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master” by Craig McDonald

"A writer’s public persona is one thing; the solitary craftsman who lives in his head, and works very much alone, is another creature entirely." Happy birthday to the great James Ellroy! Read Craig McDonald's tribute here: http://crimespreemag.com/ellroy-grand-master/ Watch James Ellroy's interview with Craig McDonald: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etgBzObQX9k

Richard Kalich’s interview on Books Go Social

"I’m not completely nihilistic. I believe that as long as we can still ask questions about the meaning of it all, there’s hope for an authentic life." Richard Kalich in conversation with Lucy Sweeny Byrne on Books Go Social http://buff.ly/1Abb7VC

Today: Sam Hawken’s choice

The book I read the most often might not necessarily be my favorite book, but it is the book which speaks to me the most: No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy.  When I first read the book in 2005, I knew I’d found the key to unlocking my own voice in writing.  Up … Continue reading Today: Sam Hawken’s choice

Today: Jackie Mallon’s choice

There is a passage from classic literature so vividly macabre yet fantastically romantic that it seared itself into my girlhood brain. Nothing Hollywood’s big budget pyrotechnics or CGI wizardry has ever produced has come close to replicating it: the image of Miss Havisham catching fire in Great Expectations. Unlike some little girls I didn’t grow … Continue reading Today: Jackie Mallon’s choice

Today: Donald F. Mayo’s choice

Anyone doubting the enduring power of the social realist novel need look no further than Tom Wolfe's 1987 masterpiece, still as relevant today as it was almost 30 years ago. Set on Wall Street in the midst of the 1980s boom, it charts the downfall of Sherman McCoy, star bond salesman who struggled to make … Continue reading Today: Donald F. Mayo’s choice

Today: Craig McDonald’s choice

The book that changed my life was a humble, second-hand paperback reprint of an old pulp magazine story written at the height of the Great Depression. On a cold autumn day, my maternal grandfather handed me the second Doc Savage novel, The Land of Terror.  I was always a reader, always had one or more … Continue reading Today: Craig McDonald’s choice

Today: Colin O’Sullivan’s choice

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for?” Franz Kafka In an alternative translation of the above Kafka quote, “wound” and “stab” are written as “bite” and … Continue reading Today: Colin O’Sullivan’s choice

Today: David Hogan’s choice

Not one of my three sisters is a loud, dirty, boozy girl. That’s probably a good thing for them -- as well as me. But if one or two or all of them were, I would give them this book if only because Dylan Thomas, that loud, dirty, boozy poet, said I should. Even without … Continue reading Today: David Hogan’s choice

Today: Richard Kalich’s choice

Reading The Fall was a life-changing experience. But let the novel speak for itself: “Don't lies eventually lead to the truth? And don't all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don't they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both … Continue reading Today: Richard Kalich’s choice

Richard Kalich: “I see the world metaphorically.”

Richard Kalich in conversation with Lucy Sweeney Byrne It is clear, when talking to Richard Kalich today, that he is a novelist whom, once you hear of him, you wonder to yourself how you haven’t heard his name before. He is not a writer one would describe as prolific. He has endured writer’s block and the terror … Continue reading Richard Kalich: “I see the world metaphorically.”

Hadley Colt and Craig McDonald in a conversation about the challenges of writing about writers

We asked Craig McDonald, author of the Hector Lassiter series and also of two books of interviews with American and European crime novelists, to interview the mysterious Hadley Colt, author of PERMANENT FATAL ERROR. They each have new novels centered by authors and informed by the craft of fiction writing. Hadley and Craig engaged in … Continue reading Hadley Colt and Craig McDonald in a conversation about the challenges of writing about writers