RE: RARA-AVIS: "female noir"

From: John Williams (
Date: 28 Apr 2005

   Vicki wrote

  I think they might have just been feeding me that commercial idea about the
  detective, knowing that if they bluntly asked me to get rid of the sex scene, I
  would balk. I didn't figure that out till later.

  Harrumph (also Hi Vicki)

  As the editor/publisher concerned, I can assure one and all that my objection was not to the mode of death but to the whole detective thing. To my mind the introduction of the detective at the beginning and end rather crudely turned Iguana Love from a noir (existential? Gide-ian?) masterwork into a 'crime novel' and that's why I suggested their removal. It felt to me as if the detective was there to please some previous reader's desire for more of a crime novel format. And, as an editor, I understand that formats are 'commercial' but that's - seriously! - not what we at Serpent's Tail are into (or particularly good at selling, come to that). Hey, I also told Ken Bruen not to write police procedurals.

  I also think that the sex aspect of the scene, while fine in itself (no one writes better, more brutally honest, sex scenes than Vicki), doesn't work right at the beginning, to my mind it gives away too much of Ramona's fate, too early.

  Be interesting to know what fellow rara-avians who've read Iguana Love think of it though.

  By the way while on the female noir tip, I'm very pleased to announce that another Serpent's Tail author, Joolz Denby, has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize (big literary prize for fiction by women) for her excellent biker noir novel Billie Morgan.


[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> In low income neighborhoods, 84% do not own computers. At Network for Good, help bridge the Digital Divide!

RARA-AVIS home page:
  Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 28 Apr 2005 EDT