"Hi Nancy, thanks for the invite. Like your list of authors. I've recently come across Michael Connolly - do you know him? He's all over the local bookstore shelves like a rash at the moment - don't know how I missed him before!"
I'm a writer, editor, proofreader and copywriter and I've published two crime novels, with the third on the way. I have a blog that focuses on how crime writers write - in other words, how do they create their own particular style?
Anything by James Lee Burke, George Pelecanos, Elmore Leonard, Robert Crais, Patricia Highsmith, Lawrence Block, James Hall, Tim Dorsey, Joe Lansdale. Most of Jefferson Parker, Carl Hiaasen and James Crumley. No British crime writers make my cut.
Then add in Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and John Dos Passos.
And Kurt Vonnegut.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
At the moment:
The Walking Dead
NYPD Blue (deceased)
The West Wing (deceased)
Movies: Too many to mention - some current favourites:
The Bourne trilogy
A Clockwork Orange
The 400 Blows
Hi! This is a link to my blog on Blogger. It looks at how crime writers write and produce the effects that they do: Crime Writing Confidential
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Keith, if you're the Keith I'm thinking about, I critiqued a story of yours way back on another site (CC). Set for Saturday I believe it was called. Good stuff. I remember another story of yours - though I blacked out on critiquing it (blame the ouzo) - The Secret Place. It was a 2x4 to the back of the head attention grabber. What've you done with it?
Yes, I just did - it looks good! I'll keep it in my favourites. I forgot to mention George Pelecanos and Walter Mosley, who your interviewee also mentioned. My latest favourite is Joe R. Lansdale - an East Texan writer who is both exciting and comic at the same time. Oh, and let's not forget the great Elmore Leonard!
Hi Keith, you're welcome. I had over 10 yrs experience with my local theatre, it was only a small one, 150 seater, but as well as acting, and lighting experiences gained, it fired up my interest in writing comedy plays, mainly for the amatuer market, (although if one got taken up by a professional theatre company, so much the better!)
I need to do some major re-working on my two main novels, 'Medusa's Curse' & 'Inside Justice', as they were written in the early 90's, and I feel that by today's standards, they'd not fair too well.
It's nice to make your acqauintance.
Oops, sorry - can't believe we down here actually got to see the end of the Sopranos before you up there. And I know what you mean about avoiding commentary on the finale, I ducked and dived it for months too. But I don't think I gave anything away, did I?
You know, the first month I worked at the store the manager had to remind me to pick up my paycheck. That's how excited I was to be working there. Of course, the perils of retail include messy shoppers, rude shoppers, customers who belive we are a baby-sitting service, and those who believe we need to stock books out of print for the past decade. Even with all that, I love talking about my favorite authors, recommending books, and seeing the new stock come in and sell well. I'm also fortunate that this is a second job, or I'd be bankrupt just supporting my addiction to the printed page :o) BTW Is Altered Life available in the US? I'm in a university community, so we have an eclectic group of readers. We carry (finally) Stephen Booth's mysteries as well as a few others. I'd like to read yours so I can recommend it!