Valentino Will Die and I are featured this month in The Big Thrill, the magazine of the International Thriller Association! It certainly is a Big Thrill! Great interview. Here’s a teaser:
Without spoilers, are there any genre conventions you wanted to upend or challenge with this book?
In this book, the villain is an elderly woman crime boss—evil, heartless, frightening. I’m always interested in challenging the stereotypes of what women were like in the past, how clever and often devious one had to be in order to prosper. To paraphrase Toni Morrison’s observation about race, “once you know a person’s gender, you know nothing about them at all.”
No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?
“Besides reading old newspapers and doing the usual historical research, I must have watched dozens of silent movies to get a sense of the look, feel, and zeitgeist of the era. Until…eureka! The magic happened, and I realized that the new book should be fashioned like a silent movie, with inter-title cards rather than chapter headings, full of peril and ending on a cliffhanger. And, lucky for me, early Hollywood was so full of sin, corruption, strange happenings and colorful characters that I never have to worry about plot ideas.”
And who is my murderous villain based on? You’ll have to click here and read the rest to find out…