In the two months thusfar, I've published 9mm interviews with 14 authors, from six different countries (five, if you count Lee Child as American). My goal to mix up international and Kiwi authors has gone pretty well, with five Kiwis and nine internationals thusfar. My other goal to mix up a few big names with some lesser-known authors that deserve more attention, both from New Zealand and overseas, has also gone pretty well, I would say. The 14 published 9mm interviews thusfar are:
- Lee Child
- Paddy Richardson
- Jack Kerley
- Paul Cleave
- Margot Kinberg
- Vanda Symon
- Dennis Palumbo
- Andrew Grant
- Rob Kitchin
- Linwood Barclay
- Lou Allin
- Declan Burke
- Craig Russell
- Joan Druett
I'm pretty pleased with that line-up - especially in just two months - I hope you've all been enjoying the interviews thusfar. I already have some more great 9mm interviews 'in the can' ready for publication - including with Michael Koryta and even PD James (somehow I managed to weave the 9 questions into my hour-long interview with the Baronness - wasn't sure if I'd be able to, given a couple are kind of blunt or 'on the nose').
There should also be upcoming 9mm interviews with the likes of Mark Billingham (the Tom Thorne series) - pictured right, the 'bearded write-ist Stuart MacBride (the Logan Macrae series), and Thailand-based John Burdett (the Sonchai Jitpleecheep series). Please let me know if there are other authors you'd particularly like to see 'stare down the 9mm', paraphrasing Declan Burke - and I'll do my very best to arrange it.
Some perhaps-interesting observations for you - the Lee Child 9mm interview created the most 'visits' to Crime Watch (in fact the day I posted that was the most visitors I've ever had to this blog) - so I guess that link got passed around a bit. The Declan Burke and Margot Kinberg interviews got the most comments (five each) on Crime Watch itself.
Hopefully in future I can create more of an atmosphere for commentary and discussion here on Crime Watch - I'd like that to be something that this blog evolves towards.
So, what do you think of the 9mm series thusfar? Who has been your favourite interviewee? Which crime/thriller authors would you like to see interviewed? Have you enjoyed the mix of authors, Kiwi and international, big names and lesser-known? How could the series be improved?
I'd love to hear what you think. Thoughts and comments welcome.