Gaile, hi and welcome to the L:indy mob! I'm only doing odd sessions this year at TAFE and CAE as I'm trying to get 2 books finished. I was at the Davitts. Come up and say hullo at the next gig, which I am chairing.
Yes I always like to put in my two penn'ort, so doubtless I'll see you on the forums.It might be a while yet, though, as I've just signed up for Twitter and Facebook Fan Pages as well as a blog (God, Am I mad? When will I have time to actualaly write the bloody books?! ).
Gaile, a very belated reply to your April message, which I must have missed. Sorry. My new book is out later this year, A CANTERBURY CRIME. As for using real locations, I do as long as I don't paint it in any way that is derogatory or suggest that people there are up to no good. You can use a real location but use fictional characters and feel sure that they don't reflect on real individuals. A disclaimer at the front of your book is a wise thing.
Hope you have lots of success with your writing and we see your books out there soon! ;-)
I note you are from Sorrento, is that Sorrento W.A. or Sorrento Vic?
Do you have his last two, The Complaints, and Cool Head? I have, though I must admit I haven't read it yet. I enjoyed Doors Open, but am still coming to terms with Rankin not writing about Rebus. I also say a graphic novel penned by him on the shelves the other day.
I'm not sure what you are asking regarding Australian resturant names, though we Aussies do love a bit of name play in a resturant name, "Fork and View", comes to mind.
I think the Rebus character works so well due to the fact that he is the embodiment of the scottish psyche, and landscape, bleak, harsh, and full of self loathing. Do you think you could pull that off in an Australian landscape?
I also would like to see another Rebus book, I would be delighted if he turned up on the other side of the law, maybe with Cafferty, but only if it was to achieve a rightous noble cause.
Good luck with the book, keep bashing out the words.
Cheers - Mark.
The problem with writing in the first person is that obviously you can only write about what your character experiences - i.e. he/she can't KNOW what is happening around the corner (or across town, etc) or hear the conversations (or thoughts!) of other characters unless he/she witnesses this.
Writing in multiple perspectives, I feel, gives added dimension and a change of perspective to a story - the only problem is deciding who is your main protagonist!
I've started stories with one particular character in the central role, but quickly found that others grew in prominence. It's a problem I'm trying to resolve in a current work, where I started out with a female character as the protagonist, but it seems the story is weaving itself around a male character! Ah, the joys of writing!