Agatha Christie has been in my mind for twenty-one years now since my school teacher gave me a copy of Death on the Nile. A new world was presented to nine-years-old Matt, who decided he was going to write stories like that for a living someday. In the past few years, we’ve had reinventions of
Writing a book is all about creating good characters. I was never a fan of the plot-driven type of narrative, at least when I write. Not only because I think I’m better with the character-driven narrative, but also because I have more fun with it.
(attention: mild spoilers for Big Driver and also some possibly disturbing content) In Big Driver, one of the novellas featured in Full Dark No Stars, Stephen King once again presents a writer as the main protagonist. Not an unusual thing considering that one of King’s favorite themes has always been the writing process, and for
Write about what you know, they say, and that seems to be broadly true. Yet, knowing something can be more subtle than one would think. Sure, an author writing about medieval castles and goblins might not have much experience dealing with them – especially goblins, which are so hard to find these days. And knowing
Today, I’m interviewing author Ann Thorsson. Her book Downhill is one of the best things I’ve read last year, and it’s a great pleasure to have her here today. Your book Downhill is described as “a dramatic Romeo and Juliet set in the 1980’s coal mining North”. Yet, it isn’t a bit by bit retelling