I find that as I plow ahead in writing my serial novel, Forget About It: The First Al Zymer Senile Detective Mystery, I turn back to some of my favorite authors for fuel and inspiration.
Does this happen to anyone else?
For instance, I’ve lately been dipping into the works of William Gibson, whose last book was Spook Country (which should definitely be read before his newest, Zero History). Also, I have right at hand a great Laurie R. King novel, The Art of Detection, in which she combined her two crime series into a fabulous story. And many of Lawrence Block’s classic Matt Scudder books (including Eight Million Ways to Die) wait nearby, in case I need them to stimulate my own prose creation.
With mentors such as these, how can I go wrong?