Stella Duffy was born in London, but grew up in New Zealand - particularly in the forestry-centric tiny rural town of Tokoroa in the central North Island. Her mother was from London, but her father a New Zealander. From a crime-writing perspective, Duffy is most famous for her private investigator Saz Martin series. However Duffy is also a writer of other ‘styles’ of books, an actress, comedian and improviser, and has also written for radio. She is the author of eleven novels (five in the Saz Martin series), over thirty stories, and eight plays. Her novel STATE OF HAPPINESS was longlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize. She has also worked on screenplays and teleplays, and co-edited the crime collection TART NOIR with Lauren Henderson (Duffy’s story in that collection, “Martha Grace”, won the 2002 CWA Short Story Award).
Growing up in New Zealand, Duffy was exposed to both British and American culture, via television and movies. Authors that reportedly were a great influence on Duffy as she grew into a writer were New Zealand icon Janet Frame (who Duffy has said gave her “permission to play with words”) and Canadian doyen Margaret Atwood. Duffy has also credited Jeanette Winterson’s SEXING THE CHERRY, with its elements of fairy tale and feminist fable.
I will write a longer ‘author intro post’ on Duffy, addressing her Saz Martin crime novels, and her other books etc, in future. In the meantime you can read a little more about Stella Duffy’s books here.
Along with his great crime writing commentary for Shots ezine and other publications, Mike Ripley also writes award-winning crime novels himself. He is the author of the comic crime series starring Fitzroy Angel McLean. Debuting with JUST ANOTHER ANGEL, released in 1988, Ripley has now written 15 books in the series (and counting), with the latest being ANGELS UNAWARE (2008). You can read a lot more about Mike Ripley on a very good fan site, here.
Have you read Stella Duffy’s Saz Martin series? Her other books? What about Mike Ripley’s Angel series? What do you think of them? What about Ripley’s great column in Shots magazine? Thoughts and comments welcome.