Saturday, July 11, 2009

Susan Oleksiw; Bill Crider; Pulp Serenade

This week Susan Oleksiw wrote a really interesting piece for a blog called Terry’s Place. It’s well worth reading.

“Today I welcome author Susan Oleksiw to Terry's Place. Join her as she takes us on a journey to India.

“My First Love

“One of my favorite pastimes is wandering the aisles of independent bookstores checking out the mystery novels, looking for books by new writers and new books from old friends. Writers take me into little known corners of the world—Dana Stabenow teaches me about Alaska, Alexander McCall Smith about Africa, and Cara Black about Paris. I love learning about a new place, and I understand the satisfaction derived from writing about a city or landscape well loved. For me that place is India.

“My character Anita Ray grew out of a deep love of India and a longing to experience that country when I couldn’t get there. If I couldn’t take my vacation traveling out to the beach at Kovalam, I could send Anita, watch her stop at the local temple, enjoy a bowl of fruit sitting on the beach, or ride along with her on a bus into the hills. She took me to all the places I loved but were too far away to get to."

For the rest go here:


Rafe McGregor got away from many of the usual questions and Bill was ready with some memorable answers.


This week Cullen Gallagher was kind enough to interview me for his always enlightening blog. One of the questions he asked was what my typical writing day was like. I said that these days I try to write fifteen hundred words a day and that I generally write seven days a week. To date I’ve received eleven e mails off line asking me if I’m this productive why has there been such long lapses between my novels. I should have clarified. When I’m working on a novel I work hard to get everything down in the first draft. Unfortunately that rarely works. So yes I may be writing fifteen hundred words a day but there could be weeks of Rewriting going on. These days a novel takes me three to four months before it’s shipped off. And I’m not always writing novels. I write short stories—even though not nearly as often as I once did—articles, columns and occasionally screenplays. I just need to be writing. After nearly thirty years at it I feel incomplete if I haven’t put in a day’s work at the computer.

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