Elain Flinn has a new Evil E column up, featuring an interview with author Jason Starr. Here is my contribution:
Jason, you’re closing in on 50…Isn’t it time to cut the hair? Do you ever get tired of writing about creeps, crooks and cons and just want to write about a preschool teacher or something? (not that I want you to do that…unless it’s a preschool teacher who’s also a dominatrix.)
Whoa, Dave, I think I have about a decade to go before 50, but nope, I ain’t cuttin’ it, not until it starts falling out in a serious clip anyway, and you never know when that’ll start to happen. We have a picture in my family of a great uncle who lived in Russia about 80 years ago. In most of the pictures he has this thick, dark hair, and then in the next picture, boom, Kojack. So I may wake up one day and find it all on the pillow… But I’ll tell you what - if Barry Eisler gets a crew cut, I will too. Deal? If I thought of a preschool teacher who I thought would make a great character in a crime novel, I’d go for it. But, as you say, there would have to be something off about him or her. I think my strength is in writing about edgy people, though I think in my recent books like THE FOLLOWER, and some of the other projects I’m working on (including a graphic novel for DC) I’ve been expanding my approach, varying points of view more.
Check out the whole thing. It's good.