Quote of the day, Jan. 4

Jason Webster, on mystery writing

“…  With crime fiction there are certain rules and norms of the genre that you have to adhere to. I imagine it’s a bit like writing certain kinds of poetry – sonnets, for example – where you have a set structure to follow. But then once inside the form you can play around with it a little. As a writer, that tension was quite stimulating – the constraints of a detective novel working in conjunction with the flights of my imagination. And I’ve come to think of writing crime fiction as a bit like the work of a magician: there are two aspects to it – what people, or readers, can see, and then the sleight-of-hand, what’s kept from view. Both have to be worked out in detail before I can sit down to start writing.”

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