1) Why the 1940s? Hasn’t that been done?
Yes, but it’s not being done anymore and it’s a nice, clean way to get rid of two things that I think are ruining the detective novel: cell phones and serial killers. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve written and read my share of serial killer stories, but I thought it would be nice to take a break from those guys and write something the relies 100% on story and characterization and 0% on twisted sex scenes, maniacal yet genius killers, and advanced technology.
As for cell phones, they’ve become a cheap plot device. Have a partial print on the murder weapon? Snap a picture of it with your iPrint app and you have the killer’s identity in thirty seconds. The same goes for security cameras, face recognition databases, GPS locators, etc. I just thought it would be fun to tell a story where the most advanced technology at the detective’s disposal was a public telephone.
Some of the books I publish will have all of the things I’ve proscribed above but the Roy Doyle stories never will. That was the great thing about setting in the 1940s, that stuff just doesn’t fit in that time period.
2) Where’s the sexy?
Not in the Roy Doyle books, but if you like that kind of thing, you should try Murderology or Arc of Destruction, both of which will be coming to Kindle very soon.
3) When will Pawn Takes Knight come out?
The short answer: When it’s ready. Because I have other projects in the works, a lot of that depends on how popular The Vengeance Season proves to be, but hopefully by March of 2013. Check the blog for further updates.
Actually, let’s go with September of 2012. I need to start pushing myself to get words on paper.
4) Why are your other books so different from the Roy Doyle series?
When I sat down to create the Roy Doyle series, I decided to live within the constraints of books written during that time period. Not only could I not use modern technology and vernacular, I also had to make sure these books could actually have been published at the time, which means no sex and no foul language.
I think working within these constraints made The Vengeance Season a better book, but I still love to write modern stories using modern language. It’s a more coarse experience, true, but it’s also more realistic and visceral.