Happy Birthday, Lynda La Plante, born 15 March 1943
- People are drawn to the complexity of my games, the cleverness of the solution.
- But a book is me. So when you pick up the book, it’s my humour, my twists; no one else has had their hands on it but me and the police advisers. I love that process of unstoppable writing. Oh, it’s lovely.
- My advice to any writer beginning her career is to make sure you understand your subject matter. It is a truly wonderful profession that is made by dedication and also having the confidence to self-believe. Many writers in my opinion make the mistake of constantly reworking their first chapters until the initial energy is lost.
- Don’t ask family members for their advice; they will always have ‘their story’.
- Keep going and upper most, if possible, find an agent who will read your novel and believe in it as much as you do.
- I enjoy writing crime. It’s a puzzle. It’s a craft. Can I keep you turning the pages? I love it when people are midway through a book and I say: ‘Who did it?’ and they always get it wrong.
- I still sneak into bookshops and move my books around to better spots. I think every writer does. I’m no different
La Plante is an English author, screenwriter and former actress. All 12 of her novels have been best-sellers and any new La Plante series - from her first, Widows, to Prime Suspect and the long-running Trial & Retribution - is regarded as appointment television.
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