Interview: Baroness James, detective novelist
Posted: 07 Apr 2009 @ 00:00
I was setting out to be a good serious novelist, and I thought detective fiction would be a wonderful apprenticeship. It’s quite difficult to write a detective story well. I’d read them as an adolescent — Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham more than Agatha Christie — and I thought I could do it. It’s a popular form, and I thought they would be acceptable to a publisher.
I love structure in a novel. For that reason ...
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