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.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Writing Advice # 2,017: In Which Captain Barbelo Nails It

The whole interview is worth catching, but the writing advice from Captain Joseph W. Barbelo’s – yon maverick genius behind BARBELO’S BLOOD – in his Q&A with Gerard Brennan at Crime Scene Norn Iron, is a piece of, well, maverick genius. To wit:
“The thing to remember is your book is already written, in its future, waiting for you to catch up with it. Do the legwork and you will.”
  There really isn’t a whole lot more you can add to that, is there?

1 comment:

Gerard Brennan said...

100%, Dec. That line drew my own eye. I was tempted to highlight it, but decided to let the interview speak for itself on CSNI. Glad you drew some attention to it, though.

Thanks, mate.