Monday, May 28, 2007

What is William Landay reading?

William Landay is the latest contributor to Writers Read. His write-up will be of interest to writers as well as readers because he caught a "brilliant" novel that temporarily threw him off the one that he's writing.

"How do you read in one voice then write in your own?," Landay asks. This novel "is precisely the sort of book that jams my creative gears. It is told in a voice so strong and so distinctive — so strange — that it is becoming hard, when I sit down to write, to hear my own voice."

Visit Writers Read and see what novel Landay refers to.

He's also been reading some "novels with narrative voices closer to what I’m trying to achieve. Lately I’ve been rereading Rosellen Brown’s Before and After, Sue Miller’s The Good Mother, Ian McEwan’s Saturday, books written in a closely observed, restrained style that suits me at the moment. Novels that unblock me, that help me write."

Landay is the author of the highly acclaimed Mission Flats, which was awarded the John Creasey Dagger as the best debut crime novel of 2003, and the widely-praised new novel, The Strangler.

Writers Read: William Landay.

Visit Landay's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Strangler.

--Marshal Zeringue