Evil E, the monthly blog perpetrated by Elaine Flinn, has a new edition up and it features a terrific interview with Michael Connelly.
Here are my questions from it:
You’re probably tired of hearing this question, but I’ll ask it anyway... Do you foresee an end to the Harry Bosch series? He’s aging in real time, so we know he can’t last forever. But I’d sure be sad to see him go. How much more life does he have in him?
Well, I certainly see the need to end the forward progression of the series with Harry as a cop. He’s 58 this year and the reality is I have maybe 4 or 5 years before it starts bending reality. But I can always go backwards. There are a lot years in his life I haven’t written about. I could also extend the series with his life after LAPD. So it will all come down to whether or not I continue to be interested in him. If that continues then i think Harry will continue in some way.
DAVID J. MONTGOMERY:
So many of the best crime writers are former journalists... Robert Ferrigno, Laura Lippman, Jon King, Denise Hamilton, etc. What is it about being a reporter that lends itself to writing great crime fiction?
I can only guess at it, and of course there are so many great crime writers who were not journalists. But the one thing I think has helped me is the process of journalism. No matter what the story is, you never get enough space to say what you want to say. So you learn to make every sentence count. You make them short and to the point. You look for the one telling detail rather than 50 details that don’t get to the point of what you are communicating. You try to have every quote carry information the reader needs. So in a perfect news story nothing is wasted. It creates a certain velocity in the story. I have tried to carry that over to my fiction, even though now I don’t have the same constraints in terms of space and length.
Check out the whole interview -- there's some interesting stuff in there.
In other news, Elaine injured herself and is currently laid-up. We all hope she makes a full recovery soon!