Welcome! Thanks for stopping in! How did you start your writing career?
My day job is in journalism, and every reporter and editor has a story they’re tinkering with in their mind or on their hard drive. I just hunkered down for the better part of a year to tear out of my head what became my first book, Waylaid.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I try to write every day, a little bit. I don’t always make it, but my big writing sessions are probably after dinner, two or three days a week, about three or four hours at a time.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part is actually the editing--where I try to figure out the story that had seemed so clear while I was writing. How come this guy’s name changed? Why is this person walking around New York when they got on a boat to Panama two chapters ago? Stuff like that.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I listen to instrumental jazz, the old Blue Note stuff. WBGO is a public radio jazz station that I love and support. I also listen to surf and drag instrumental music. It keeps me nimble.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an astronaut in first grade, not so much for what I would discover, but I wanted to wear that big spacesuit and drive that rocket that screamed USA on the side of it.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I think “The Eric Andre Show” is hilarious, I love seeing how some people react as the most unexpected things unfold around them. Some just shut down and sit in a stupor. Other jump up and go with it.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I love seeing concerts and I don’t get out as much as I used to (I’m a dad to a four-year-old), so I end up listening to live recordings the most. Undoubtedly the songs played most are my bootleg live recordings of Swervedriver, the best rock band in the world.
What is your favorite meal?
Anything where I get to watch my son clear off each section of his plate. This doesn’t happen too often.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Snakes Can't Run
by Ed Lin
GENRE: FICTION/Mystery & Thriller
Set in New York City in 1976, Snakes Can't Run finds NYPD detective Robert Chow still haunted by the horrors of his past and relegated to tedious undercover work. When the bodies of two undocumented Chinese men are found under the Brooklyn Bridge underpass, Chow is drawn into the case. Most of the officers in his precinct are concerned with a terrorist group targeting the police, but Chow's investigation puts him on the trail of a ring of ruthless human smugglers who call themselves the snakeheads. As Chow gets closer to solving the murder, dangerous truths about his own family's past begin to emerge. Steeped in retro urban attitude, and ripe with commentary on minorities' roles in American society, this gritty procedural will appeal to fans of George Pelecanos and S.J. Rozan.
When I came back to the apartment, Paul surprised me by saying, "I was worried about you!"
"But Mom, I'm a big boy now," I said, taking off my shoes.
"Seriously, Robert. Don't get into a car with any of the association guys--KMT or Communist! It's bad news!"
"I can protect myself, Paul. I'm a big boy with a big gun." I patted the revolver on my back to reassure myself.
"Look, Robert. You know those associations hire gangs 9on a freelance basis to guard gambling halls and prostitution houses.
"Of course I know! You think you know more about it than me?"
"Well, what happens if the gang is unhappy about the amount it was paid? Do you want to be sitting in the car when there's a hail of bullets? Even if there isn't gunfire, do you want to be a passenger in a car that's photographed as it idles outside a massage parlor?"
"Don't tell me how to do my job! I was interviewing someone regarding my case!" I sulked off to the fridge. A year ago I would have been popping open a beer. Now I pulled out a can of Yoo-Hoo. "Want one?" I asked Paul as I propped the door open.
He shook his head. "Weren't you the one who warned me about getting too close to associations when I was working at the gambling joint?" he asked.
"That's different, Paul, and you know it. You're just a kid that they would take advantage of. They wouldn't try to mess with me."
"How do you think Internal Affairs would feel about you associating with them?"
"I've got nothing to hide. I'm not scared of anything."
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can't Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.
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