1:30 PM to 2:25 PM
Writing the Unexpected
After 25 novels, how do I, the writer, stay eager for the next one? How can I write a series that doesn’t repeat itself—and beyond that, how do I step outside that series without leaving its readers behind?
Answer: I always write the unexpected. Whether it’s Sherlock Holmes stories that aren’t really about Holmes or a standalone that’s neither historical nor a mystery, each book has to shake things up. Even if it means the murder of my main character…
About Laurie R. King
Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2016’s The Murder of Mary Russell). She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle”.