DJ Paterson asks:
The publishing landscape seems to have changed significantly in recent years, with the rise in popularity of both e-readers and self-publishing. There seem to be more books than ever released each year. In addition, I’ve noticed an increased expectation that e-books should be cheap (there are plenty of people who bemoan paying more that 99p for an e-book, when they shell out two or three times that for a coffee!). As a ‘traditionally’ published author of top-quality thrillers, what’s your take on this?
It’s opportunity, it’s chaos, it’s freedom, it’s messy. It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping.
This is a wonderful time to be a writer. E-books offer opportunities authors haven’t had in centuries. But the publishing industry is in flux. How will it all shake out? I don’t know. This topic occupies thousands of column inches and blog arguments and conference panels and publishing meetings. All I can tell you is: Write. Write like hell and focus on the work.
As for the devaluation of books, I’m with Taylor Swift: Art has value, and should be paid for.
What will your next book be about? Also have you considered writing another book with some of your characters from one of your stand alone books.
My job involves keeping readers in suspense. So, to answer your questions: a thriller. And yes.
Claire Marie O’Brien asks:
Are you Irish?
Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Chickasaw.
(And DJ: As a Brit, you might not have seen the Saturday Night Live skit about “Shimmer” — the dessert topping and floor wax.)