Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A born anarchist (my feature interview with Ian Rankin - full version now online)


Earlier this month I noted that the 3-9 November issue of the New Zealand Listener included a large feature article based on my recent interview with iconic British crime writer Ian Rankin (see above). I had the pleasure of interviewing Rankin a couple of month ago, purportedly about the release of his 'Rebus returns' book STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE - but like the best interviews, we ended up talking about many more things than just the latest Rebus adventure.

It was also one of the very first interviews Rankin had done about the new book - ahead of all the British press etc, which was nice because it meant Rankin wasn't jaded about answering questions about Rebus's return, why he brought him back, and wasn't giving 'rote answers' he'd used in other interviews etc - the entire conversation was fresh and interesting and I came away from it inspired and 'buzzing'. You can now read the full feature article online, by clicking here.

Last week I got to meet Rankin in person, interviewing him onstage in Takapuna on the first night of his New Zealand tour, which kickstarted a number of author events around the world in support of STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE. It was a fantastic night, with the large audience entranced and entertained by Rankin and his insights and stories.

You can read some of Graham Beattie's thoughts about the evening, and see some photos, here.

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