on Anne R. Allen:
This month, I will have the privilege of interviewing both Ian Rankin and Linwood Barclay, at separate conferences and festivals. Both are world-renowned crime writers (and wonderfully witty men besides.) As I read through their latest books in order to prepare for being the hostess with the mostess (naughty thoughts aside – that’s a different genre) it occurs to me that they are strikingly different writers in one significant way.
Ian Rankin is best known for his spectacular Rebus police procedural series books now into twenty-plus books.
Linwood (also best-selling and prolific) writes primarily stand-alone novels.
Two great crime writers, two completely separate approaches.
So I got to thinking: Why Write Series Books? And more importantly: Are there reasons why you wouldn’t?