Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

“Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station, Punk?” # 1,079: Jochem Van Der Steen

Yep, it’s rubber-hose time, folks: a rapid-fire Q&A for those shifty-looking usual suspects ...
What crime novel would you most like to have written?
I guess that would be GONE, BABY, GONE by Dennis Lehane, a novel that rocked my world. Either that or Harry Potter because I wouldn’t mind being filthy rich.
Who do you read for guilty pleasures?
Guys writing comic books!
Most satisfying writing moment?
Probably when I got my first short story published on Thrilling Detective, and when I finished my first novel, THE WHITE KNIGHT SYNDROME.
The best Irish crime novel is …?
For me that honour goes to the first John Connolly novel, EVERY DEAD THING. Like GONE, BABY, GONE, it fuelled my desire to keep writing myself. It managed to show how you can make a book action-packed, respect the genre and still give it a ‘new’ feel.
What Irish crime novel would make a great movie?
See above.
Worst / best thing about being a writer?
Waiting for your stuff to get published.
The pitch for your next novel is …?
Security consultant and son of a mobster Noah Milano returns when a Hollywood superstar goes missing. Stopping at nothing to track her down, from the glamorous Hollywood mansions and studios to the border of Mexico, he gets cut up, shot down and betrayed … but never discouraged.
Who are you reading right now?
I’m just finishing Wayne Dundee’s THE DAY AFTER YESTERDAY.
The three best words to describe your own writing are …?
Rocking, fast, easy-to-read.

Jochem Van Der Steen’s THE WHITE KNIGHT SYNDROME is published by iUniverse. He blogs at Sons of Spade.

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