In writing, I'm totally anti-plans of any kind. All my attempts to plan and plot novels have come to grief, and in expensive ways.
I think if you live in a country, basically you share the dominant values of a country although you may disagree on issues all the time.
I like having a plot, I like characters with a reason to get up in the morning.
Football makes nonsense of class. It may make nonsense of colour in some circumstances.
A lot of crime fiction writing is also lazy. Personality is supposed to be shown by the protagonists taste in music, or were told that the hero looks like the young Cary Grant. Film is the medium these writers are looking for.
In everything I've written, the crime has always just been an occasion to write about other things. I don't have a picture of myself as writing crime novels. I like fairly strong narratives, but it's a way of getting a plot moving.
I think Melbourne is by far and away the most interesting place in Australia, and I thought if I ever wrote a novel or crime novel of any kind, I had to set it here.
There's a high point in your career, and then people get bored; they want something else to come along.
As far as I am concerned, I write novels, and other people can do the labelling.
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