MNW-watchers will be familiar with L.C. Tyler's quirky detective duo Elsie and Ethelred, and delighted to learn that the latest instalment of their adventures, The Herring in the Library, is now out. Len took time out to tell us about life as a full-time writer ahead of publication.
Since we last spoke on the MNW blog, you've made the big leap to being a Full-Time Writer. What prompted that, and has it differed from your expectations?
With four novels under your belt, by no stretch of the imagination are you a Macmillan New Writer these days. What are the differences between being published by MNW and the mainstream Pan imprint?
Macmillan New Writing has been very successful in discovering and promoting crime novelists--Brian McGilloway and Ryan David Jahn have both joined you in going on to bigger things. Why do you think crime pays?
Like many successful crime novelists, your range of influences is much wider than the crime genre (and of course your second novel A Very Persistent Illusion was not crime at all). How did you end up writing crime fiction? Which other crime novelists do you admire?
Your novels have attracted commercial success and critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Are you suprised that your very British humour has been a hit in the US?
This is your third Elsie and Ethelred mystery. As a full-time professional, do you feel reassured that you've developed a recognisable brand, or pigeon-holed by publishers' understandable desire to have more of a good thing?