Short, Sharp Interview: Jim Winter

PDB: Can you pitch The Compleat Kepler in 25 words or less?

13 tales of crime from America’s Northcoast.

PDB: Which tunes, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I’ve been on a big Stones kick since reading Keith Richards’ Life last year. Even more, though, I’ve been digging his Talk Is Cheap solo album.

Been slowly making away through the 87th Precinct novels.

The best film I’ve seen in years is Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow is a genius.

PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?

It depends. If a writer doesn’t get hung up on the mechanics of what someone else is doing, then they’re fine. But I’ve heard a lot of veteran writers say they’ve given up on fiction because they can tell exactly how the author was thinking when they wrote a particular story. You don’t see that in music. Knowing how the chords are played or what the drummer is doing enhances the music. Doesn’t seem to work in writing.

PDB: Do jim winter you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?

I’m not really willing to deal with the Hollywood machine. I could see writing a television episode occasionally, but I’m not really a big fan of the movie-making process.

PDB: How much research goes into each book?

Depending on the story, I usually can get by with a little Googling and falling back on something someone told me before, which is often where a story comes from.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you?

I didn’t like Twitter at first, but it’s become the best way for me to maintain a presence out there beyond my blog.

PDB: What’s on the cards for 2013?

I plan to release the third Kepler novel, Bad Religion sometime this summer, and a collection of most of my non-Kepler stories, The Compleat Winter, by the end of the year.