Saturday, July 03, 2021

Q&A with Sarah Stewart Taylor

From my Q&A with Sarah Stewart Taylor, author of A Distant Grave: A Mystery (Maggie D'arcy Mysteries, Volume 2):
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

A Distant Grave comes from the elegiac poem "A Final Offering at a Distant Grave" by the Roman poet Catullus, which serves as the epigraph for this novel. The first murder victim in the novel is an Irish humanitarian aid worker and my detective is trying to figure out why he was in a deserted marina on Long Island, late at night, when he was killed. The title, especially in the context of the poem, captures many of the themes of the novel: a death far from home, the concept of brotherhood, grief, the idea of paying tribute.

What's in a name?

My main character, Maggie D'arcy, is Irish American, an identity that's important to her and to...[read on]
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Q&A with Sarah Stewart Taylor.

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