This time, I'm bringing you an interview with crime author Robert Crais. Here are my questions and his answers:
1. When did you
find out that you wanted to be a writer?
When I picked up a
paperback copy of Raymond Chandler’s “The Little Sister” at a used bookstore and
was absolutely blown away. I knew I wanted to write like that,
2. What was your family’s
reaction about it? (Mine always used to laugh at my
Well, coming from a
family of cops and hardhats, it certainly wasn’t the norm in my family. Their
reception was luke-warm at best, so I started to write secretly.
let anyone diminish your ambitions, Nickie!)
3. You wrote some
excellent scripts for Hollywood. How did it feel, working for film and
Thank you. Working for TV
was fun and exciting, but I grew to feel I couldn’t express all of the ideas I
wanted to write about because TV imposes too many limitations; it’s too
confining. With books, there are limitless possibilities and freedoms available
to the writer.
4. Afterwards, you
started writing books. Elvis Cole is one of your characters. Are you an Elvis
Elvis Cole? Of course.
The King? You bet.
5. Did you have any
difficulties in having your first book published?
“The Monkey’s Raincoat”
was rejected nine times before it found a publisher.
6. How does it feel to
have a former president (Bill Clinton) for fan?
Like a rock
7. Can you deal with
Why? Is there something
you want to tell me? Yes, I can deal with criticism, it comes with the
8. You like backpacking.
Can you tell us to which places you have gone?
Alaska, Montana, British
Columbia, and Central California.
9. Being a gourmet cook,
mind sharing your favorite dish with us?
Anything I’ve killed with
my bare hands. Okay, okay, I have a fondness for Cajun food. I’m a Frenchman
from South Louisiana, you know? I grew up on gumbo and jambalaya, red beans and
rice, that kind of thing. I love it all.
10. Who is/are your own
Raymond Chandler was
probably the most influential, but I have no ‘favorite’. I read damn near
everything and learned from damn near everything read.