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"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with someone & they don't have books, don't fuck 'em."--John Waters

I'm the author of more than twenty novels including SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, THE COLDEST MILE, THE MIDNIGHT ROAD, THE DEAD LETTERS, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. Look for my next one THE LAST KIND WORDS due out May '12 from Bantam Books. Contact: PicSelf1@aol.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ask Me Wednesday


Ask Me Wednesday - if you've got a question about my work, writing process, voice, style, reading habits, emotional ambivalence and indifference to just about everything these days, or anything else within reason (ah ha, there's the codicil), fire away and I'll answer right here within a day or two.

3 comments:

Josephine Damian said...

Ha! Love Gorshin. "Riddle me this."

Ok. How did you come to be represented by David Hale Smith, an agent who does not accept queries? A referral? Or you were already established and repped by another agent, like J. D. Rhoades was?

Anonymous said...

W.H. Auden commented on how crime fiction follows a familiar pattern:

1) First there is peace
2) Peace is shattered
3) Search for wrongdoer
4) Apprehension
5) Punishment
6) Restored Peace

Your crime novels are anything but formulatic (with the execption of the theme of revenge) and I was wondering if you can contribute your success to not following this or other established patterns in your mass market crime fiction. Are you a blank slate for every novel?

Also, do you prefer white or red clam sauce with linquine. And if you might, could you explain why.

Thanks Tom.

Ttzuma

Keith Rawson said...

Tom,

Okay, as you know I'm a pretty big fan of your fiction and I've read just about everything of yours that's in print. And I've noticed in your novels the running themes of automobiles and dreams.
So my question is, what's the deal with muscle cars and hanging with dead folks in your novels? Are you a gearhead? Do you have a vivid dream life that carries over into your writing life?

Thanks for your time,

Keith Rawson