Anne Perry is the author of a number of detective stories, set in Victorian England. She has several series, the one with Inspector Monk and the one with Inspector Pitt. Anne was so kind as to answer some of my questions.
1) When did you realise you wanted to be a
I have never seriously wanted any other career than
2) Did it take you long to get published?
Yes, it took me
many years to be published. It took me a long time to become 'an over-night
3) Can you describe how you felt when you saw your first
published book in the stores?
When I saw my first published book in a
store, it was an American edition, in a Canadian shop (the US published long
before the UK). I saw somebody buy one and that was a marvellous moment -
suddenly I was 'real'.
4) Were you agented when this first book got
5) What was the general reaction to this
I don't know the general reaction, since I live in the UK, but the
whole series, beginning in 1979 and now 25 books, is still in print, plus the
6) Why did you especially choose Victorian London as the
setting of most of your novels?
I didn't especially chose Victorian
London. The first book was set there, so with the same characters, the rest
7) Do your readers show a preference for a certain series of
Yes, some express a preference, but many readers are happy with
8) How long do you hope to continue with your Monk and Pitt
I will continue with Pitt and Monk as long as people are
interested, but there will be other books, with different characters and
9) How do you deal with criticism?
of course, I welcome, but adverse criticism I get sensitive about, especially
when it is made by someone who has skipped through the story and missed the
10) Do you also read the work of others? And if so, which
Yes, I read the works of other authors, and I like something as
different from my own genre as possible, eg Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver and