Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Interview with Ed Lin, author of Snakes Can't Run

Now available from HarperCollins Publishers is the riveting sequel to This Is a Bust, titled Snakes Can't Run by Ed Lin.

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The author has taken a few minutes of his busy schedule for a Q&A about his newest novel.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I’ve wanted to write pretty much as long as I’ve known how to write, but the real storytelling aspect I think came from a grade-school librarian. She would voice the dialog and put the characters and story in my head, it was incredible.

What was your first book/story published?

My first book was called Waylaid, it’s a bit of a coming-of-age story.

What inspired you to write Snakes Can’t Run?

Issues of immigration and documentation have been on my mind. I wanted to have the discussion within a mystery as a way to make readers think about it, as well.

What character in Snakes Can’t Run is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

I am probably most like John Vandyne, the partner of the book’s narrator, NYPD detective Robert Chow. Chow leads with his fists while Vandyne contemplates what he does and says, like me. I’m a thinker!

What is your favorite part of the book?

I think the part where Chow meets a mentor and discovers that not everybody is out to get him.

What was the hardest part to write?

The ending, really. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be another book or if Chow was going to get out of this situation alive. I’m still not sure!

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn’t be an author?

I took a career/personality test in high school. It said I should be a college professor or a minister. Nothing else was close. I guess one of those two!

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

I never read reviews. I figure that once the book is out there, my job was done and people can read and talk about it amongst themselves.

What well-known writers do you admire most?

Dashiell Hammett was definitely the man, in terms of writing great books and telling the House Un-American Activities Committee where to stick it. I love Chester HImes, too. He used his mysteries as an opportunity to talk about issues in the African American community.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I write a Taipei-based mystery series for Soho Crime and I’m on the third book right now to follow up Ghost Month and Incensed. It’s going to be awesome!


Ed Lin will be awarding a limited edition print copy of the book to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

For more chances in winning the prize, make sure to stop by other blogs and comment during the tour.

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About the Author

Ed Lin, a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent, is the first author to win three Asian American Literary Awards and is an all-around standup kinda guy. His books include Waylaid and This Is a Bust, both published by Kaya Press in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Snakes Can't Run and One Red Bastard, which both continue the story of Robert Chow set in This Is a Bust, were published by Minotaur Books. His latest book, Ghost Month, a Taipei-based mystery, was published by Soho Crime in July 2014. Lin lives in Brooklyn with his wife, actress Cindy Cheung, and son.

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