Peculiar Spotlight: Anne Perry

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Anne Perry is an author, primarily writing historical detective fiction. She is best known for her characters Thomas Pitt and William Monk. She has written over 65 novels. She was baptized in 1968. She lives in England.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD MYSTERY WRITER?

A good mystery is when a moral or social issue makes me think. Lots of the best writers address an ethical issue.

DO YOU PREFER READING PAPER OR DIGITALLY? CAN YOU READ MORE THAN ONE BOOK AT A TIME?

Never read digitally. I prefer not to read more than one book at a time, except when I wish to write a blurb and it needs to go out immediately.

WHAT BOOKS ARE NEXT TO YOUR BED RIGHT NOW?

I'm currently reading “The Steel Kiss” by Jeffery Deaver and two or three Lisa Scottaline to get through, too.

WHAT'S THE LAST BOOK THAT REALLY MOVED YOU?

A Casualty of War” by Charles Todd moved me because of the immense, quiet heroism of the characters. The very best of British courage.

WHO IS A WRITER THAT HAS A KNACK YOU REALLY ADMIRE? WHAT IS THE TRAIT?

I admire Jeffery Deaver since he makes the most seriously troubled villain understandable. He doesn't create irrational monsters. There is a compassion that always grabs me.

WHICH PERSON THAT YOU KNOW HAD THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOUR READING HABITS AND LOVE OF READING?

I think this has to be my mother, as she read to me until I could read it for myself. And she was a great storyteller.

WHAT'S A BOOK PEOPLE MIGHT NOT THINK YOU LOVE, BUT YOU LOVE? WHAT'S A BOOK PEOPLE THINK YOU WOULD LOVE THAT YOU DON'T LOVE?

Alpha Beta: How Our Alphabet Shaped the World.” John Man. It is riveting and it makes you appreciate the written language as one of the greatest influences in mankind. It's an eternal and universal communication. How many great civilisations that did not have a written language have existed without our knowledge? They left no trace?

The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco, I could not finish.

WHAT IS NEXT IN YOUR “TO-READ” QUEUE?

There are always books I need to read for research purposes. And I can't wait to read “The Father of Forensics: How Sir Bernard Spilsbury Invented Modern CSI” by Colin Evans.

ARE YOU A REPEAT READER? WHY OR WHY NOT?

Only of poetry because I love it. It's like saying what's your [favorite] piece of music; you never hear it once. You play it again and again.

WHO ARE THREE WRITERS, DEAD OR ALIVE, YOU WOULD LOVE TO HAVE DINNER WITH?

GK Chesterton will have to be one of them. He was a wonderful user of language and a lover of life. Then Dorothy L. Sayers, for her mysteries are enduring and I would like to discuss her translation of Dante as well. Third and final guest would be Piers Brendon because of “The Dark Valley,” the most riveting history book I’ve ever read.

WHAT'S A BOOK YOU WOULD LOVE TO RECOMMEND TO OUR READERS?

I think the book I mentioned earlier, “Alpha Beta,” as it makes you realise how important the written language can be. The thoughts and the beliefs of all mankind are available to us if they were written down. And The Book of Mormon comes to us totally, as it was written down, because they had a written language.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?

Writing my Christmas novella for 2018 and further deadlines.


 

You can find more information on Anne Perry at www.anneperry.co.uk

She was also profiled in the January 1984 Enisgn.