Writers are readers. We get our ideas for stories, characters, complications and solutions from reading. We pick up new words and new ways to use old words. We absorb cadence, rhythm, pulse.
Any mystery-lover who reads A Long, Hard Look will see the influence of, not just Chandler, but Christie, Francis, Stout, and Asimov; perhaps even a twist of Richard Halliburton. The homage to Chandler is intentional, and Phil Brennan owes as much to Archie Goodwin as to Philip Marlowe.
There’s a cooking competition show called Chopped where chefs are given some surprise ingredients and told to prepare a dish. One factor in the judging is “transformation” — did they dump the raw cashews on the top, or did they use them to make the white bean hummus creamier?
Just as you might see my father in me sometimes, other times you’ll see the dozen other men and women who have, by osmosis or design, made me who I am.
My books are the same result of absorption and transformation.
So are yours.
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