The year’s docket is almost filled. Fiction and non-fiction, a best seller and a Pulitzer winner. Crime fiction and literary. Comedy and tragedy. As far as I know, the only thing the authors have in common is that I want to talk to them and they have agreed to talk with me.
The first interview is being conducted now. I’ve decided to divide it into three parts: The Approach; The Writing; and The Release.
In corresponding with Joel Peckham — author of Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery — I came to appreciate that a discussion of his non-fiction book of essays about the death of his wife and oldest son needed to begin before the writing itself. There was a period of time before he wrote about that accident that needed discussion. The writing itself then involved choices that were often painful and required honesty and — in my view — courage. That seemed a different matter worthy of its own discussion. And then there was the release. In releasing that work to the world relationships were challenged or even destroyed; memories and decisions became public; and stories about the past became reified when put into print. That deserved attention as well.
In May I will share with you Part I: The Approach. An Interview with Joel Peckham. Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery is available now. Read it first.
Day one and I’m delighted to say that I’ll be speaking with Joel Peckham (Resisting Elegy: On Grief and Recovery), Stav Sherez (most recently, Eleven Days), Mark Billingham (most recently The Dying Hours), Thomas Enger (most recently Scarred), Chris Ewan (most recently Safe House), Anya Lipska (most recently Death Can’t Take a Joke), and Diane Setterfield (Most recently with Bellman and Black).
For lovers of crime and thriller novels, everyone but Joel may be familiar to you. This is because I’ve been fortunate enough to meet all these interesting people since the publication of Norwegian by Night which was published as a crime novel in the UK. However, we actually won’t be discussing crime or thrillers per se. We’ll be discussing writing.
Thanks, all, and looking forward to our conversations.
With The Interview Spot established interview requests are going out.
My first novel, Norwegian by Night, opened many doors, giving me access to writers from a variety of domains. In the UK, for example, it was published by Faber and Faber as a crime novel. I therefore had the pleasure to attend Crimefest and Harrogate, both of which introduced me to the wonderful (and extremely collegial) world of crime, suspense and thriller writers. Elsewhere, the novel was published simply as “literary fiction” as with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the United States. And so I have met writers working in that vast enterprise. Invitations have gone out there as well.
Because the novel was published in over a dozen countries and languages, my editors in these countries naturally have access to writers there too. So hopefully some writers who write in languages other than English will join us in 2014.
I’ll announce the first interview soon.