Crimes They Wrote

Toronto Star‘s Book Editor Deborah Dundas sits down with two extraordinary crime novelists, Linwood Barclay and Peter Robinson, for an interview about writing stories that keep readers on the edge.  

Five Questions with… Linwood Barclay

(c) David Cooper

(c) David Cooper

Bestselling novelist Linwood Barclay, author of the new thriller Trust Your Eyes, answered our five questions.

IFOA: Are we right to assume the inspiration for Trust Your Eyes came from adventures with Google Earth?

Barclay: Yes, but it was one image in particular. The Google Earth car, when it passed the home of one of our friends, it captured a shot of their dog looking out the window. A cute, funny image. But I thought, what if Google had captured a much more sinister image, one that was just waiting to be found?

IFOA: We got scared just watching the trailer for Trust Your Eyes. Can you explain the pleasure you get out of scaring people?

Barclay: I don’t really think about trying to scare people. It’s more than I want to keep them on edge. I want to keep them turning pages, and to be surprised. The bottom line is, I want to keep them interested. As a writer, there’s no pleasure in boring people to death.

IFOA: What’s your idea of a perfect day?

Barclay: Diner-like breakfast, coffee, fireplace going, comfy couch, and a DVD-set of some fantastic series we’ve never seen before.

IFOA: If you could have lunch with any author, dead or alive, who would you choose?

Barclay: Tough one. I’ve been fortunate to have met several authors (some, sadly, no longer with us) whose work I greatly admire. I think lunch with Stephen King would be great. Wouldn’t even have to talk writing. We’d just trade stories of our favourite Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episodes.

IFOA: Finish this sentence: The Internet is…

Barclay: … keeping me from getting any work done.

Barclay will appear at Authors at Harbourfront Centre as part of the Crime Showcase on March 20.