Hey, everybody! I'm spending the week here in beautiful Long Beach California to attend this year's world mystery convention, Bouchercon. So far nobody has been murdered, but I'm still hopeful. This crowd of mystery writers would provide for some interesting locked-room mystery hijinks. I'm especially excited to attend this year's Bouchercon, because I'm up for both an Anthony and a Barry award! If you're also attending, you should totally vote for me. Either that or I'll rob
As you've probably read, I do a lot of research. For my first novel, Ghostman, I taught myself how to steal a car. For my second novel, I moved to China for several months. I've read several books about lockpicking-- I don't have the dexterity to do it myself-- but I know how it works. I played majong with a Triad boss. I played cards with a skinhead gang. For my third book, I'm going to be buried alive. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time exploring the world. I care a lot
Hey. Want to read an awesome piece of crime fiction? Go read James Ellroy's "Perfidia." The opening is amazing. If you've read "Ghostman," then you probably know that I'm a huge fan of opening chapters. They're my favorite part of a book. An opening chapter, when done right, feels like falling through an Einstein-Rosen wormhole-- it sucks you in faster than the speed of light, then shoots you into a different universe with a tremendous amount of energy. It grabs you and pulls
A couple of days ago I did a podcast interview with the webmagazine Speaking Of Mysteries. The host, Nancie Clare, was exceptionally nice. Want to hear it? Click the link below.
http://www.speakingofmysteries.com/podcast/episode-17-roger-hobbs/ #interview #podcast #mystery #writing #rogerhobbs