I’m delighted to hear from Karen of Euro Crime that Quercus (in the UK, and Little, Brown in the US) are to go ahead with a long hoped-for project, that of publishing biographies of characters from fiction, by their creators. Via the link above (thank you, Karen), I learn that Otto Penzler, who needs no introduction to followers of crime fiction, is to oversee publication of several profiles, which include Anne Perry on Thomas and Charlotte Pitt; Laura Lippman on Tess Monaghan; Robert B. Parker on Spenser; Michael Connelly on Hieronymus Bosch; Lee Child on Jack Reacher; and Jeffery Deaver on Lincoln Rhyme. Other authors who are committed to the project are said to include Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman, Ridley Pearson and Stephen Hunter.
The project started out as a series of pamphlets, written by Penzler’s author friends to help keep alive his Mysterious Bookshop in New York. The pamphlets were so successful that they sold out, and the idea has now been taken up by Petrona’s favourite publisher (begins with Q), which thus garners even more votes of approval from me.
So who else might we like to write about their characters? Maj Stowell, Karin Fossum, Henning Mankell (twice), Robert Crais, Val McDermid, John Sandford, Elizabeth George, Peter Robinson, Andrea Camilleri, Arnaldur Indridason, Ian Rankin, the list is endless, once you start to think about it. And as Quercus is involved, I hope it might not be too unlikely that its A list of Adrian Hyland, Colin Cotterill, Michael Walters, Peter Temple et al. might be prepared to join in.