Identity Theory's Robert Birnbaum interviews my current favorite crime writer, George P. Pelecanos, here. Pelecanos comes across pretty much the way a fan of his might expect. We already know the guy has some kind of work ethic - 12 books in 12 years, producer of independent films, script-writer, etc. He's almost Dickensian that way.
GP clearly won't take crap from critics, either. Responding to his own critics is beneath him; responding to critics of his friends, however ... look out!
And check this out: when you read this exchange -
RB: What does your first draft of a book look like? 900 pages?
GP: My first draft is the draft that goes out the door.
RB: No kidding?
- you can actually hear Birnbaum swallow his teeth! No, wait. That was me...