Author Work Space: David Corbett Jun27

Author Work Space: David Corbett

Call it: Room Without a View. I wake up early to write and prefer having nothing to look at but the screen and the corner of the office behind it, the better to focus on what I’m imagining. The more I read, write, and teach, the more I agree with what Victoria Strauss said recently on Jon Winokur’s AdviceToWriters website. “There’s only one rule of writing: there are no rules. Beware of anyone who tells you that there are.” It resonates with something Don Winslow once said: “If you can juggle five balls: great trick. One of them hits the ground? Not so great.” In other words: If it works, it works. I tell my students: I’m just suggesting...

Behind The Book: Stephen Hunter’s I, RIPPER Jun24

Behind The Book: Stephen Hunter’s I, RIPPER

Sometimes you choose the book and sometimes the book chooses you. Then there are times when the book doesn’t “choose” you, it dragoons you. In the case of “I, Ripper,” happily, it was the latter. Jack the Ripper simply marched in and demanded to be written about. He took me hostage for about a year and I was afraid if I didn’t make him go away by writing him, he’d cut my throat. Thus I had little option but to trek back to the Whitechapel, London, of 1888 and revisit the scenes of five of the most brutal murders that have ever occurred. The whole thing began sometime, I think, in the ’70s. I...

Author Work space: Malcolm  Mackay Jun20

Author Work space: Malcolm Mackay

Clearly I don’t write surrounded by luxury or glamour, so there’s not a huge amount to talk about there. It’s small and there isn’t much room to move which, as a procrastination preventative, might not be a bad thing. No clutter and everything in its rightful place. I’ll confess to being a little bit OCD about that, making sure that everything is lined up and in exactly the same spot at all times. Things out of place irritate me, and as every writer is looking for a distraction I keep everything where it is, was and always shall be. The notebooks in front of the computer are a relatively recent addition though. I’ve started writing bits and...

Author Work Spaces: Jessie Chandler Jun06

Author Work Spaces: Jessie Chandler

Editor’s Note: From time to time, we check in on authors and ask them to send us pictures of their office/writing spot. It is always fun to see where they spend their time crafting these tales of deceit and treachery. Today, we peer in the windows of Jessie Chandler. Yes, I write under a bed! It was a great idea at the time, thinking we could raise the bed up and put an office in the spare bedroom for me. However the reality of the situation is that the ceiling is too low, and you practically have to roll onto the mattress up above. Oh well, gives me a nice little working cave! As a look at the pictures I’ve taken, I realize I...

Glen Orbik: 1963– 2015 May12

Glen Orbik: 1963– 2015

You may not know the name Glen Orbik, but if you enjoy the books of Hard Case Crime, you certainly know his work. Glen was responsible for over two dozen HCC covers, including Stephen King (JOYLAND, THE COLORADO KID), Christa Faust (MONEY SHOT, CHOKE HOLD) and Lawrence Block (THE GIRL WITH THE DEEP BLUE EYES). On Monday, Glen passed away after a long battle with cancer. Glen studied the California Art Institute under the renowned Fred Fixler and eventually taking over some of his classes as he got older. Glen first wanted to draw superheros and ultimately did do some of that, drawing for Marvel, DC and Vertigo. He also did art for DVDs such...

Ruth Rendell: 1930-2015 May09

Ruth Rendell: 1930-2015

As many of you likely know, Mystery legend Ruth Rendell passed away last Saturday, she was 85. Words like legend and icon are often tossed about without much care, but Ruth Rendell is worthy of each. Her writing career spans six decades, consisting of 64 novels and a number of short story collections, and saw her accumulate awards the some people do shoes. Among her awards/honors are 3 Edgars (Mystery Writers of America), 4 Gold Daggers (Crime Writers’ Association),the Silver Dagger, The Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement (Mystery Writers of America), Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence and Cartier Diamond Dagger for a...