Please enjoy this special bonus episode from Kobo in Conversation! We spoke with thriller writer (and former newspaper columnist and humourist) Linwood Barclay about the myth of writer’s block and the discipline required to rein in his comic gifts.
- Linwood takes us through his writing journey, from a young writer of fanfiction to newspaper columnist to novelist
- He explains how working for a newspaper made him a better, more productive novelist
- Linwood discusses the evolution of his writing style, and how he learned how to tamper the inherent humour in his writing
- He tells us about his writing process and how much plotting he needs to have done before he can start writing
- Linwood discusses how the role of the author has changed since his first book, including the ever crowding market and how social media has changed what’s expected of authors
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Linwood Barclay, a New York Times bestselling author and with nearly twenty novels to his credit, spent three decades in newspapers before turning full time to writing thrillers. His books have been translated into more than two dozen language, sold millions of copies, and he counts Stephen King among his fans. Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, a series has been made in France, and he wrote the screenplay for the film based on his novel Never Saw it Coming. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives near Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.