28 December 2011 0 Comments

Mozart’s brains and Caravaggio’s balls

I’ve a guest post on the Fresh Fiction blog and also there’s an interview with me on the CBS columnist Jeff Glor’s blog about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria. Read the Fresh Fiction post to find out why I don’t think Mozart was an idiot. Read the CBS post to see why I think […]

10 June 2011 0 Comments

Blood on my hands

In my research, I’ve always tried to be true to the spirit of my novels. For MOZART’S LAST ARIA, I learned to play piano. For my next novel, which is about Caravaggio, I picked up oil painting and dueled with a rapier. In a more general crime writer’s vein, I have recently become addicted to […]

13 May 2011 4 Comments

Author’s dilemma: What’s next?

Damn, I’ve done it again. Finished a novel, sent it to my publisher…Oh, dear. What’s next? If I write that this is THE authorial dilemma, I’m sure I’ll get emails from writers who just can’t finish their book, or from readers who’d like to be writers telling me that I shouldn’t be complaining about such […]

21 April 2011 0 Comments

Book publicity: the full set

In the Royal Navy, there’s only one kind of facial hair allowed. British Tars are either clean shaven or they sport a beard, known in the service as a “full set.” The antipathy to the mustache is no doubt because of its predominance among the rival landlubber officer class (although it could’ve later been its […]

7 April 2011 4 Comments

Meditating the next novel

I’ve written here in the past about how I use meditation techniques to get into the zone for writing every day. But now meditation seems to have helped me come up with the idea for my next novel. Last week I was in a rotten mood. My son woke up too early. I hadn’t slept […]

9 December 2010 3 Comments

Ikea and the Crime Writer

There are many theories as to why Scandinavian crime writers prosper in the bestseller lists. But I know why it is. Ikea. I just bought a new set of Ikea shelves for my office. I’ll get into exactly how that has altered the configuration of my workspace, but at this point let me just note […]

4 November 2010 0 Comments

Gentleman and thug: researching my new historical novel

One of the great pleasures of novel-writing is the research which, for almost every book, ought to bring the writer to investigate different areas of inquiry. To become a swift expert in something others might spend all their lives studying. That’s why I’ve taken up my sword.

1 November 2010 0 Comments

Me and Philip Sington, with a bit of Israeli catch-up

Just back from a grand tour of family in the UK, Paris for the Caravaggios in the Louvre, and Disneyland Paris because my son is old-fashioned and still likes Mickey Mouse (everyone else at Disneyland seems to be a Toy Story type). So I’m catching up, posting a couple of things that went up online […]

31 August 2010 0 Comments

Easy drama, too easy drama

Recently, in this (cyber)space, I started to explain why I’ve turned to historical fiction, after previously writing a book of nonfiction and my four Palestinian crime novels. I wrote that historical fiction casts today’s deepest issues in an unexpected (historical) context and can therefore make us see them anew. It’s also a dramatic way of […]

31 August 2010 3 Comments

Going historical

Writing of the disdain expressed for genre novels by critics, Raymond Chandler said that there were just as many bad “literary novels” of the type favored by critics as there were bad genre stories – except that the bad literary novels didn’t get published. In other words, there’s nothing inherent in so-called genre fiction that […]