Concluding our conversation with crime novelist Marc Lecard, member of the KILLER YEAR: Class of 2007. Marc grew up in Massapequa, Long Island, New York. He gave up a "promising career as a circular delivery person" when he left the East Coast in 1976 for California. He has worked in one form of publishing or another, on everything from computer manuals to environmental magazines.
His debut suspense novel, Vinnie's Head (St. Martin's Minotaur), hits shelves in March. Duane Swierzynski calls it "savagely funny." Ken Bruen raves, "Debuts don't come any better than this."
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WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Write a lot of words. I think writers age in words, not in years. It doesn’t matter if much of what you write seems to be crap. If you know it’s bad, that means you can fix it. Get used to throwing out most of what you produce. The delete key is your best friend. Take chances. Write more than you think possible.
WHAT DO YOU WISH NON-WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
That I am not my characters, even though all my characters are completely autobiographical.
WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHER WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
I think other writers understand only too well.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT PUBLISHING THROUGH THIS "KILLER YEAR" CAMPAIGN?
That there’s visibility in numbers.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF?
More than I like.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOUR CRAFT?
That I still have a lot to learn.
KILLER Q&A: MARC LECARD, PT 1
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Thanks to suspense novelist Marc Lecard. Find him online at MarcLecard.com, and at his blog, Hearing Voices.
You can also find more at the Killer Year website, the Killer Year blog and the Killer Year MySpace page.
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