Interview with Sarah Weinman

I’m not a big fan of interviews, but I enjoyed Mystery Morgue’s interrogation of Sarah Weinman very much.  Hard to go wrong, maybe, with the topic (crime fiction) and the subject (the genre’s best-known blogger, at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, as well as a coauthor of publishing news and gossip blog GalleyCat). Fascinating to read about Sarah’s history and success as a reviewer, writer and blogger — a mixture of talent, determination, good timing and (not to be underestimated) sheer hard work. Here are a couple of her "blurb" reviews from the sidebar of "Confessions":

Benjamin Black: Christine Falls: A Novel
Is this the bridge book between literary and crime fiction? I’ll debate that later, I suppose, but at the moment I’d rather wholeheartedly recommend Banville’s maiden genre foray because he gets it: understands the Grand Guignol aspect of families with corrosive secrets, gets the genre conventions while developing characters in all their unholy motivations, and writes within conventions without looking down upon them. But I must say, I can’t wait to see the reviews and reaction upon its publication in March.

Chris Mooney: The Missing: A Thriller
It’s been a few years since Mooney’s Edgar-nominated REMEMBERING SARAH came out, but the wait produced this excellent and scary thriller that fans out from the night a trio of faltering friends stumble across a rapidly developing nightmare. Left to pick up the pieces is Darby McCormick, now a crime lab tech with a case that will put her through newfound and shocking variations on her previous hell. Mooney surprises with unexpected plot twists and grabs the reader with empathy for his understandably guilt-ridden (but supremely capable) protagonist.

5 thoughts on “Interview with Sarah Weinman

  1. Hi Maxine – Christine Falls was published before Christmas, and has been reviewed… (generally well received, as I recall). Did I misunderstand your comment about this in the post above?

  2. ah – two seconds later the penny drops – the blurb wasn’t from you! Sorry – this is what comes of scanning my RSS feed too fast (and then putting my foot in my mouth). ~j

  3. Even so, you are right, James — but the reason she is writing about this book now is because it isn’t (quite) out yet in the US, though it has been here for some time.

  4. How do print (or any) reviewers cope with over 50 books a week arriving. How to choose and how to let go of the ones you know really, you’ll never read, but you think you just might one day!

  5. Tell me about it, Karen — I think I’ve got at least 300 unread books at home, and probably the same number again in my Amazon basket. And I don’t get all that many reviewer copies……There are just too many intriguing books out there. (And DVD boxed sets, as I am discovering also. All my years of TV wilderness….are coming back to haunt me with a cornucopia of unwatched series.)

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