A current Shamus Award finalist picks the brain of a former Shamus Award winner! Don’t miss Max Everhart’s interview with Paul D. Marks at Motive Means Opportunity!
It’s our great pleasure to have Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning author on MMO today. Read about his writing process, how to write cinematically, the difference between noir and mystery. . .and much more! Check it out!
MMO: White Heat won the Shamus Award back in 2013. I really dig the setting (Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots) as well as Duke Rogers (the P.I. protagonist). Did you have the setting/context in mind first, or the character? How did that whole book “come together”?
Paul: It’s kind of like the chicken and egg question, isn’t it? And after all this time and so many words under the bridge also a little hard to remember. But setting and context are always important to me. People have said that Los Angeles (in particular) is like another character in my books and stories. I think the character of a city influences…
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