I'm a historical crime novelist and an avid reader of all sorts of crime fiction and non-fiction. I love New York, I love the late Victorian era through the twenties. I love Britpop and Britrock and Christian Bale and Jude Law. I love strong coffee and froofy espresso drinks. I hate that there are no independent booksellers in the area. I don't mind rejection letters. I love acceptance letters. I have a tattoo, but not in a sexy or out-of-the-way place: it's on the inside of my wrist. I have an opinion on everything I know about, and most things I don't know about. If you prove me wrong, I worship you. If I trust you, I can be extremely gullible and unassuming. If you use it against me, I will kick you in the shin. I have recently become a professional awesome. People pay me for just being. I'm not kidding.
I write noir, not whodunits. I'm not clever enough, but I'm very emo, so noir works well for me. I love places, especially big houses, so one of these days I'm going to write a gothic novel, and will probably irreparably rip off Jamaica Inn.
Caleb Carr, Victoria Thompson, Sara Gran, Daphne du Maurier, Libba Bray, Rhys Bowen, Patricia Highsmith, Joseph Mitchell, Robert Penn Warren, Carl Sifakis, Luc Sante, Herbert Asbury, Wilkie Collins, CS Lewis
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Upstairs, Downstairs, Veronica Mars, Firefly, Buffy (I'm a Spuffy shipper, and I love Angel and Faith together), The Black Donnellys, Lost (in large doses, like vodka), Original Sin, Girl, Interrupted, All the King's Men (2006), The Prestige (oh, the Victorian Bale!), and anything Minghella touches. I've liked all I've seen of Hitchcock except Jamaica Inn, which sucked. I even liked The Lodger. My guilty pleasure: everything Bruckheimer. All time favorite film: Newsies.
Hi Eliza ... One of the smartest women I ever knew said she could never fall in love with any man who couldn't beat her in an argument. Sadly, I was already taken (!) ... so she had to marry a famous Oxford and Harvard history professor ... I was reminded of her when I read the words, 'If you prove me wrong, I'll worship you.' ... Could you pass that message on to my teenage daughters, please? That's not at all the basis on which they operate with me!
You're right, Jack -- I found this series in the Detroit Publishing archive at the Library of Congress. I don't know who she is or who took the photo. But she's very striking to me, and the catalogue says the photo was taken in 1900. Since the photos are in the public domain, I snatched them because they seem to reflect a lot of the attitude of my novel.