Crimefest 3: Denise Mina and the concomitant wank
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What, I asked, does the reader owe the author in such a contract?
"Suspension of disbelief," Lemaître said.
What do you think? After a reader has plunked down the price of a book, what does he or she owe the author?
"This was a time when children's books had to teach you something. The parents were alcoholic or they wouldn't let you have a birthday party. They were so depressing."And Northern Ireland's Colin Bateman talked about an animus against Northern Irish writing that seeped into his early aspirations:
"I think it's that if you grew up in Northern Ireland, you're ashamed of it. I didn't want to write the great Northern Ireland novel, I wanted to write the great American novel, because I thought everything in America was better."Finally, Denise Mina, asked by interviewer Jake Kerridge to explain her early admiration for fellow interviewee William McIlvanney, said: "I used to work in the pub where he drank." When she decided to be a writer, Mina said:
"I didn't want to do the concomitant wank, and William was a normal person."Another remark of Mina's formed a nice elaboration of her discussion of the working class and writing at Bouchercon 2010 in San Francisco. I'll tell you about it after breakfast.
© Peter Rozovsky 2013