Archive | June, 2011

30 June 2011 4 Comments

Writing Tip #93: Walking and plotting

Readers like to ask writers “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s such a common question at book readings that I’ve noticed writers (on blogs) making fun of people who ask it. Yet it’s rather silly to ridicule someone for asking a question most writers can’t answer themselves. So here’s my answer: I get my […]

29 June 2011 0 Comments

Using real locations in historical fiction

London classical music guru Mark Berry has a guest post from me on his excellent Boulezian blog. I write about how my task as a historical novelist was aided by the period locations still surviving in Vienna, when I wrote my new book MOZART’S LAST ARIA. I also write more about some of those places […]

27 June 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: The story behind the writing of MOZART’S LAST ARIA

In the third of my podcasts I describe the story behind my historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. I tell how I became interested in Nannerl Mozart, the great composer’s sister, while traveling in the mountains of Austria; how I developed the idea for my novel with the help of great musicians; how I researched […]

27 June 2011 0 Comments

Review: MOZART’S LAST ARIA absorbing, unpredictable, page turner

British composer and top classical music blogger Robert Hugill reviews my historical crime novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. He describes it as “absorbing,” unpredictable and “a real page turner.” It’s very gratifying to me that this terrific classical musician should appreciate the way I write about the performance of Wolfgang’s music in the novel. I worked […]

24 June 2011 0 Comments

UK fiction blog guest post on Mozart’s intellectual life

The excellent UK fiction blog Floor to Ceiling Books (you can find film and television reviews there too) has a guest post from me about how my portrayal of Mozart stacks up against the popular image of him as a buffoon who happened to be able to write sublime music. I’m delighted blogger “Magemanda” posed […]

23 June 2011 2 Comments

Unpolished Fleming, Paranoid Mankell

I’ve seen two things in the last week that allowed me to compare something of the way crime writers used to appear in public and their present avatars. It only made me wish for the good old days even more than I used to. The comparison is between: a delightful radio chat on the BBC […]

22 June 2011 0 Comments

Roll over Amadeus: Mozart’s Last Aria ‘a cracking read’

Novelist, journalist and classical music blogger Jessica Duchen has an interview with me about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria on her excellent blog today, which she titles “Roll Over Amadeus.” Wish I’d thought of the headline. (Well, now it’s on my blog anyhow!) Here’s how she introduces her interview: “A musical thriller landed on […]

20 June 2011 0 Comments

Podcast: Introducing my Mozart novel

In the second of my podcasts, I introduce my historical thriller MOZART’S LAST ARIA and read the initial chapter of the book. The first of several podcasts about the book, which will include a discussion of the new historical research about Mozart’s death I used to write it and background on the real-life characters who […]

16 June 2011 9 Comments

The Honest Tours Guide to Jerusalem

The New York Times ran a travel article last weekend about things to do in Jerusalem during the Jewish Sabbath when most things are shut. The article was fairly typical of shorter travel writing in that all the experiences described were unlikely to surprise anyone. Eat hummus at the restaurants. Browse for ceramic bowls. Take […]

15 June 2011 0 Comments

Bookgeeks: MOZART’S LAST ARIA and writing music in a novel

I’ve a guest post on the UK book blog Bookgeeks today, about how I “wrote the music” for my new Mozart novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA. Here’s how the post starts: I’ve played music all my life, but I’m no musician. After my initial childhood music lessons I parted ways with the playing of classical music. […]