Friday, May 17, 2013

Five on Friday - Reed Farrel Coleman

I'm getting a late start on my blogging, so I'm hoping this post doesn't end up riddled with typos. Please forgive me if that's the case, but I didn't want to leave you without a Five on Friday this week!

Before we get to the fun part, just a few links to share.

I knew this was coming, but Larry brought it to my attention how quickly it's coming...absolutely looking forward to Marcus Sakey's upcoming BRILLIANCE (no, that's the title of the book) in July.

There's a new social site for bookies called BookLikes. It's not too likely that you'll catch me over there. I have nothing against the site; I haven't even really checked it out. I just simply don't have the time. I'm doing my best to keep up with Facebook and Twitter in addition to the blog. The thought of something else makes my head hurt.

I guess some publishers are starting this International Crime Month thing. There are several events scheduled for it in June. I read a lot of international crime. However June is also Audiobook Month and I have quite a bit planned for that, so I probably won't be doing anything special here for International Crime Month. But check it out. Maybe there's an event you can attend.

I'm always in awe of people who get tattoos like this. I, personally, have no desire to ink my own skin, but I like some of these. And make sure you check out #43. That's a true Agatha Christie fan there!

And the contest round-up:

FridayReads has quite a haul in their contest this week. Something for every crime fan, I think.
Lesa has a "Northern" theme to her giveaway this week. 
And Criminal Element has a chance for you to win one of three hardcover copies of Steve Ulfelder's new Conway Sax novel, Shotgun Lullaby (great title! I love this series!)

O.k. that's all of my jabbering for today. Now on to our guest of honor. I met Reed Farrel Coleman at my first Bouchercon. I like to tell the story of how I was quite intimidated to go up and introduce myself. I had read Reed's work. He's a gritty writer. From Brooklyn no less. What I found when I finally did introduce myself was a great big teddy bear. But don't tell anyone I told you that. I don't want to ruin Reed's "street cred" or anything.

But in all seriousness, it's that compassion and generosity that mingles with his life experiences and make him an exceptional crime writer. He's also a heck of a poet, and that comes through in his narrative work as well. It's wonderful and if you haven't read it yet, then go forth immediately (or maybe after you read his 5) and pick up WALKING THE PERFECT SQUARE or download it or listen to it (great audio, by the way) or whatever your mode of story choice is. But this is really a series no crime fan should miss. The most recent, ONION STREET, just released.

Now, instead of being intimidated, I look forward to every chance I have to see Reed.  He's promised me a Moe Prager tour of New York the next time I'm there. Now I just have to get back there!

Yes, I know...enough already Forbus...please let me turn things over to the one and only, Reed Farrel Coleman!

Did it go in, Reed?

1. My five favorite movies of all time are: The French Connection, Clockwork Orange, The Outlaw Josie Wales, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Little Big Man. There are actually about fifty films tied for fifth like The Conversation, La Dolce Vita, The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951), The Producers(1968), Dr. Strangelove, Diva, Casablanca, LA Confidential, Blade Runner…

2. The one food I absolutely will not eat is: Fish. Any type of fish. I wish I could like it. I want to like it. I hope someday to like it, but I might as well hope to fly like a bird.

3. If I could swap lives with anyone in the world for 24 hours, I would choose Beethoven—the composer, not the St. Bernard. Because he was so brilliant and so tortured. The Ninth Symphony is so f—king genius and it was composed all in his head. I think I’m a good writer, a very good writer, but I’m not a genius writer. I want to experience brilliance in a way that being me doesn’t allow.

4. The most beautiful place I’ve ever visited is Coney Island. I know I grew up there and I write about it all the time, but it holds a certain attraction for me that, no matter how I try to express, I cannot do justice to. It has a kind of moth-eaten splendor, an inglorious decadence that has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. And it has done it in a way that neither Paris nor the Rockies nor Yosemite can touch.

5. The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: I’ve had a book I’ve wanted to write for over a year now, but life and contracts have gotten in the way. I can’t discuss it, but let’s just say it’s not crime fiction. No, I haven’t fallen out of love with the genre. Not at all. This book is just something I feel compelled to write regardless of how it might turn out.

O.k., well that's just not right, Reed. How can you leave me with that hanging out there? Well, never mind, I still have to read Onion Street, so I can wait a little while to find out, I guess!

Happy Friday everyone...happy weekend...and as always, happy reading!


Daniel James Palmer May 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM  

Awesome. Reed is the man! And yes, cryptic answer to #5. What could he have in mind? I'd read it whatever it was. Great post, Jen (as usual).


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