Friday, December 9, 2011

Denise Mina

Scottish mystery author Denise Mina's latest novel is The End of the Wasp Season.

From her Q & A with Randy Dotinga at the Christian Science Monitor:

Q: Glasgow comes across as tremendously dark and sad place in your novels set in the 1980s. The Alex Morrow novels show a more upscale Glasgow with havens for the rich, although there's still plenty of grit to go around. What's different about the city now?

A: Glasgow has changed hugely since I started writing, when it was like Detroit. It was the first city in Europe to regenerate itself through the arts, and there's been huge amount of regeneration.

Q: How have female detectives evolved in fiction over the past couple of decades?

A: At first, they had to act like men, carry guns and punch people – be able to beat people up and engage in fisticuffs. In the mid-1990s, their gender is talked about a lot, and they experienced prejudice.

Now you've reached the point where a woman is just a different type of detective. You're not getting information just because you're a woman; it's not your superpower anymore. It's just a fact about who you are.

Q: Alex Morrow isn't the friendliest of people. Are you attracted to people who have a bit of an attitude?

A: Alex just wants to do her job, and she's very angry.

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