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Right now, I’ve got stacks of books under the window because I was a judge for a major best crime novel contest. At one time, I had almost 700 hardcovers piled high, but now, after giving away as many as I can (I’m still doing that), there are still maybe 100 books waiting to find a home.
The only reason I can be as productive as I am, with these totally unacceptable work habits, is that I’m a very fast typist, 90 words a minute, and once I sit down in front of the screen I can focus amazingly well. That’s why I can’t have any distractions. I work on a desktop, a Mac. I could never write with pen or pencil because that really seems like work—I learned to type when I was in 7th grade. In order to skip a grade, you had to take typing and it turned out it’s probably the best class I’ve ever taken. I can work any time, day or night, but I actually prefer to work when the weather is crummy or it’s dark out. That’s because if it’s a beautiful, sunny day, I want to be outside.
I began to publish crime novels in 2007. Now, the lineup is: Swann’s Last Song, Swann Dives In, Swann’s Lake of Despair, Swann’s Way Out, and Swann’s Down; Devil in the Hole, Second Story Man. I’ve got novellas in the two crime collections, Triple Shot and Three Strikes. I’ve had a story in Long Island Noir, and one called “Canary in the Coal Mine,” published last fall in Mystery Tribune; and I have a story in the Grand Central Noir collection.