Last Thursday evening, as part of the books-related events and celebrations during New Zealand Book Month, Dunedin-based crime writer Vanda Symon spoke for almost an hour at the Passionate Prose and Pavlova event held at the Dunedin Public Library.
During the talk Vanda spoke about books she loved as a child, books that influenced her, the importance of setting, her choice of the southern part of New Zealand for her novels (rural town Mataura in OVERKILL and small city Dunedin in THE RINGMASTER), and read a passage from her fourth novel, BOUND, to be published in 2010 (her third novel CONTAINMENT is published next month in New Zealand and Australia), before answering audience questions. As you can imagine, with an hour-long talk, there are plenty of fascinating gems for crime fiction fans.
You can read more about Vanda's appearance of the event at her blog.
Moreover, for those of us who couldn't be there on the night, the library staff have kindly put video of the entire talk on the Internet (via Youtube). Due to the length of the talk, it is divided up into five parts, which you can access here - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.