MA: Why did you choose to have [your protagonist] Moe [Prager] married? Why do you think it’s still the exception to have a married PI?But my favorite quote is this one:
RFC: I’m not certain it was as calculated when I began to write the series as I remember it, but I did know that I wanted to turn [Philip] Marlowe and [Matt] Scudder on their ears. As I’ve said, as you’ve heard me say, the gun-toting, divorced or single Christian, alcoholic, white guy, loner PI character has been done as well as it could be done. Yet, there is just something so appealing to me about that kind of character. I challenged myself to write a character like Marlowe and Scudder, but one who was happily--for the most part--married, one who had [a] good source of income beyond his PI work, but was still an everyman. The challenge, as I found out writing Walking the Perfect Square, was not in creating such a character, but making him compelling. That’s always the challenge, though, isn’t it? Married PIs are the exception because a spouse limits the possibilities. But I’ve found that limiting the possibilities makes you work harder and helps avoid falling into cliché.
MA: If you weren’t a writer, how would you spend all the time you now spend writing?You can read the whole interview here.
RFC: Being fucking miserable and earning a respectable wage.