Monday, June 16, 2014

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman's latest novel is After I'm Gone.

From her 2013 Q & A with Lisa Belkin at the Huffington Post:

Why do you do the work you do?

It doesn't feel like work. Yes, I have days that are difficult, but I'm sitting in a chair, making up stories. It's what I did for fun as a kid, whether with Barbies or stuffed animals.

What work would you do if not this?

If I had to find a job right now, a daunting prospect given my age, I think I would be drawn to social work. I covered what was known as the social services beat at the Evening Sun and it was probably my favorite beat. I just think I might actually be good at helping people, although that could be wishful thinking.

Did you wind up in this profession by accident or design?

Design. I set out to become a crime writer. At first, it was because it seemed like a less presumptuous goal. After I started writing crime fiction, I said to myself, "I may be limited, but the genre's not. There's no reason to change genres if I'm happy writing what I write." And I am. My work has changed a little over the years. I'm less interested in straight-forward whodunits, although there is some kind of mystery involved. I kill fewer and fewer people per book and it's often off the page. But I'm...[read on]
Learn more about the book and author at Laura Lippman's website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue