Steve Allan recently interviewed Denise Mina at "Noir Writer."
Part of their dialogue:
Noir Writer: When did you know you wanted to be a novelist?Read the entire interview.
Mina: I was in a damp bed sitting, listening to pigeons coo on the roof and reading Zola when I was struck by some phrase or turn of the story and thought what a wonderful thing it would be to do with your life, to touch another human being like that.
Noir Writer: How has your background in law influenced your work?
Mina: Well, I went into law to try and save the world and effect a social revolution. It made me see how much the workaday process knocks the passion out of people and made me want to do something else. Possibly bar maiding. I think the law is a thinking style and I am quite belligerent. Also, saves you from doing a lot of background research.