Thanks for your message. The leprechaun incident happened as follows. At that time, I was working at a publishing company in Silver Spring, Maryland, and looked gaunt after surgery. From time to time, I would visit a donut shop across the street for coffee. As I entered the shop one day, an old lady at the counter (evidently the worse for some mental problem) caught sight of me and exclaimed loudly, "GNOMES OF ZURICH! LITTLE IRISH MAN!!" Apparently she thought I resembled, in my wasted state, a leprechaun.
Thank you. I am partial to cats but have had dogs too and seen them run from the cats - sometimes even a good sized dog. I think they know that cats scratch and can be very fast. Our kitten mother is so fast that she can catch flying things in midair - flies, moths. Scary at times but she knows enough to be careful of people.
Thank you for your condolences, Carol. No, this is the first I've heard from you in a while, but I've been haivng some serious computer problems.(I think I need a new one.) A book contract and rush to get it ready has helped, but one never really gets over the loss of a child. Thanks for being there.
Whatta cool page. We have a crime novel out there, but we are pretty eclectic as writers go. Working on a western and an espionage thriller at present. Also a series of short stories about a magic cat from outer space.
We did enjoy our venture into murder and mayhem and will likely return to the genre often. After all, it was that collaboration that caused us to meet, fall in love, and marry.
Thanks for your kind message. Although I use crimespace, it is easy to while away time avoiding work by being on the site. I should have more time when I have completed an overview of translated crime fiction by September. I can only really consider the material available in the UK (and it is only a snapshot if I don't talk about the past and influences like Simenon and Vidocq. However, so many novels are in print for such a short time that it is hard to work out whether it is market forces (inc library purchases) or taste that are influencing what is published and what stays on the bookshelves.
Do keep in touch and I will look at your page from time to time. I am keen to find British crime authors who could be defined as politically engaged - as I am involved in the website europolar where the other editorial committees want to know more about what is available. Any suggestions of authors - as they seem to be keener to entertain than to highlight political or social inequalities.