Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NPR Interviews Sara Paretsky

Body Work by Sara Paretsky
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NPR published an interview today with mystery author Sara Paretsky today, whose latest V. I. Warshawski mystery, Body Work, hit bookstores today. The first in the series, Indemnity Only, was published in 1982.

Paretsky tells NPR's Neal Conan that letting Warshawski age along the years has been a challenge: She isn't as fit as she used to be and she can't drink as much as she used to.

The author also says she doesn't like working from outlines, preferring instead to let the plot flow organically from the book's starting point.

"What I start with very often is the idea of a crime," she says. "In this case, the actual underlying crime that drives the whole book ... [is] the world of the private contractors doing business in the Middle East, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. And then I want a way to make that a small story. I want a way to make it about people and have it set in Chicago."

Listen to the entire interview on the NPR site, where an excerpt from Body Work is also provided.

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