The other day, I had cause to go looking for a line in Megan Abbott's 'Die A Little'. The passage was so sumptuous that I had to read the whole book, thought maybe I'd learn something, pick up a few tips. The only tips I came out with were a) write brilliantly and b) read more Megan Abbott. And so it goes.
Other news is that I have my Kindle. I already have enough material to keep me busy all year, but that's not going to stop me looking. I transfered the things I had on my computer, Chris Holmes' awesome '8 pounds', 'Terminal Damage', 'Discount Noir' et al, then went straight to 'Katja From The Punk Band' at Amazon. I reckon that Katja's about the hottest book on the planet right now and I can't wait to get to it later today. The great news is that the author Simon Logan has done an interview for Sea Minor and will be Dancing With Himself in the middle of February; watch this space.
The opening lines?
'So she walks in, trying to look cool, trying to look like nothing has happened, like nothing has gone wrong, but it's difficult because she still feels the ghost of the revolver's handle pressed against her palm and the scent of gunpowder in her nostrils.'
You know what to do.
Today, our guest is British mystery author, Hannah Dennison.
Hannah, how long have you lived in Los Angeles?
I will have been here for 18 years this coming May. A terrifying fact given that I was only planning on staying for two.
You grew up in the English countryside, what made you want to move to the City of Angels?
Is it true that Steven Spielberg had something to do with it?
That’s a very big leap! What did your husband think?
How did you get your green card?
First of all, I didn’t know I had to have one! I was that naive. When I found out, it was too late. I was already on my way. I hired an immigration attorney to help me and to cut a long story short I managed to get sponsored by New Line Cinema (now part of Warner Bros). However, I did have to prove I had a specific skill to earn that green card.
What was it?
Aren’t the Vicky Hill Mysteries about a newspaper reporter?
You worked in film for many years before switching to long form narrative.
By some standards you were published quickly – 4 books out in 3 years?
Maybe … but the saying “overnight success takes 15 years” holds true here. I moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and my first book was published in 2008.
What advice would you given aspiring writers?
Finish that first draft.
Your fourth book, Thieves! came out this month. Where can people find more information about Vicky Hill’s adventures?