In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, David Swinson (The Second Girl)tells us about what inspired Crime Song, his second book about troubled private investigator Frank Marr.
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Growing up, I leapt from children’s books directly to adult novels, and found Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters to be marvelous company. I must admit that I was, and remain, more of a Poirot girl than Miss Marple devotee, but I’d happily lose myself in Christie’s novels whoever the detective happened to be. It is likely that this is where my fascination with (and delight in) poison first took root, but I’ll get to her in a moment.
Childhood friendships can sometimes be bumpy rides—something that Shannon Hale explores in her new graphic memoir, Real Friends. Young Shannon can’t quite determine who is actually her friend and who isn’t, and she is constantly worrying about what her peers think of her. Hale’s story is punctuated by colorful illustrations from LeUyen Pham, previewed in this book trailer.
In “The Clues to My Crime,” authors explain the influences behind their latest works of crime fiction. In this installment, A. J. Hartley (Steeplejack)tells us about the things that inspired Firebrand, his latest work of YA fiction, from Terry Pratchett to rogue hyenas.
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