Why did you choose Philadelphia as the setting for the novel rather than the familiar terrain of Wyoming? Seriously, I met my wife there.
- Kindness Goes Unpunished?
- Echo (The Brownstone Diaries Book 1).
- Unlikely Consensus?
I love Philadelphia, and think it sometimes gets overlooked as one of the grand cities of the United States. That, and I have two daughters and a granddaughter there. Also, I wanted to take Walt out of his element and not have the novel seem like a bad episode of McCloud. Sorry, Dennis. There were things I wanted to explore outside of Absaroka County, so that I could learn and convey more about Wyoming, the West, and Walt in contrast. This is your third Walt Longmire novel.
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Are you discovering more about Walt as you write about him from one novel to the next? Has he changed since you began writing about him? Oh, God, yes.
When I first introduced Walt Longmire he was in the throes of an elongated depression, but in dealing with the complications of the case that is solved in The Cold Dish , and by facing his problems, he started coming around. What motivates you as a mystery writer—the issue of crime and the criminal mind, the deductive reasoning of detective work, the larger social problems that crime so often reveals?
All of the above, but the seminal motivation is definitely social problems.
Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire Mysteries, book 3) by Craig Johnson
What mystery writers have most influenced your own work? I dare you.
Johnson, Wallace Stegner, M. Some of them are mystery writers, some are Western writers, some are both, some are neither. Poetry is important to the process; I learned that from my buddy Mark Spragg. I read a lot while writing and poetry is like jet fuel—Wendell Berry, Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, just to name a few. I was fortunate enough to use the work of another good friend, Mandy Smoker, in the novel—you want to know how smart this cowboy writer is?
Smart enough to not try and write Indian poetry. No doubt your readers are eager for the next novel and particularly curious about how the relationship between Vic and Walt will develop.
Kiss and tell, huh? I think the development of an event in the relationship became a foregone conclusion for a lot of readers, and the question was how long I was going to stretch it out. As stated before, I never think that the act itself is as important as the aftermath. Look for clues in how the characters deal with what has happened. Will either or both of them get their hearts broken, live happily ever after, will these responses remain the same, or will they change and grow with the characters?
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