Do you ever fear writer’s block or that you’ll let your audience down?
No, I love writing too much. ... And I wrote for newspapers for 16 years. You’d never eat if you blocked
Do you belong to any writers groups and what do you feel you have gained from the social sites?
A. I am a non-joiner. B. Lots of friends.
Are there any characters in your books that represent you?
The serial killer, Serge.
How much of the characters and storylines come from people you know and your own experiences versus your imagination?
Half are from people I know; the other half from people I’m aware of from journalism.
How do you keep your characters fresh and the plot exciting?
I make sure I have an absolute blast writing. If that’s not happening, I go another direction
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A thousand miles of travel, just as many photographs, and lots of informal interviews with locals
Did you know the full direction of this book?
It has direction?
Did you let the story develop as you wrote it?
I came up with the outlines, but there’s a degree where you have to be flexible and let it develop as opportunities arise that you couldn’t have seen until you were actually writing that passage
What makes a good thriller?
Being a merciless editor on yourself and cutting absolutely everything that you love but will slow the reader from turning the page
Is your passion for writing as strong as before?
Even more, now that all the people at the signings are egging me on.
What do you enjoy more, writing or discovering other people's works?
Let me put it this way: Do you enjoy sex or hearing about other people have sex?