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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Author Interview – R.S. Guthrie


Who is your favorite author and why? My favorite author is James Lee Burke. I was fortunate enough to meet him recently and actually have a conversation before listening to him speak to an audience. As I told him, he is a poet dropped into the body of a Mystery writer. He’s twice won Edgars and also has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers Association (MWA).

Where do you see yourself in five years? Making my living writing with no worries. And doing it from Kaua’i, sharing the dream with my wife and dogs.

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? “Black Hawk Down”, as research for part of my third James Pruett Mystery, Honor Land. I’ve seen the movie but I wanted to read the book. It’s excellent. I believe very strongly, even in fiction, that we writers have an obligation to other professions, situations, etc. to do our best to get it right for the (cops, firefighters, soldiers, bakers, etc.) in our books. Nothing is worse than completely showing that you’ve not done your homework. We can’t be experts, but we need to at least try.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I love long walks, but I have to admit that there is nothing more relaxing than a Saturday nap when there is nothing else happening, no to-do list, and no place to be. Oh yes, and our four dogs completely tired so there’s no disturbances.


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We learn from our failures, which hammer future work into gems.

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Genre – NonFiction / Writing

Rating – PG13

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Website http://www.rsguthrie.com/

Website 2 http://robonwriting.com/


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