WHAT’S THE TOUGHEST CRITICISM YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
From the first Agent to whom I sent a full-length script, these lines; ‘We could be in business here, if only you delete all the introspective crap and cut it down by a third.’
She was right. I cried for three days and then did it. The story is all that matters. I have kept mine lean every since. They aren’t about me; they are about my characters.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE MYSTERY GENRE, OR DID IT CHOOSE YOU?
The mystery genre chose me rather than the other way round. Always wanted to write from the days of composing gloomy, teenage poetry and winning the essay prize in school, but it took a while to know what to writeabout. I became a criminal lawyer, with a wild ambition to write romance as an antidote to the daily diet of homicide,theft and lives of quiet desperation.
I came to write mystery fiction because I wanted to explore the unfinished, incomplete stories that unfold in a court room, where no one knows more than half of what really went on. Storytelling, the use of compassionate imagination, penetrates the darkness and squares the circle of half truth like nothing else.
It also allows for wit, humour, irony and romance, and you can always include the enduring power of love, in which I heartily believe. This genre is the best. What better to write about than Crime and Redemption?