Interrogation—Glen Erik Hamilton

Glen3033 - croppedWho: Glen Erik Hamilton

What: His debut, PAST CRIMES, has been nominated for the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Barry Awards for Best First Novel.  The second book in the Van Shaw series, HARD COLD WINTER, was published in March by William Morrow (US) and Faber & Faber (UK).  A native of Seattle, Glen now lives in California, but frequently returns to his hometown to soak up the rain.

Where: California

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Congratulations on PAST CRIMES getting an Anthony Award nomination for Best First Novel! Where were you when you got the news?

Thank you!  I was just starting work at the day job when the texts and tweets started coming in.  It’s a perk of having friends on the eastern side of the US: I get good news early in the morning.

Out of curiosity, have you read any of the other books nominated in your category? In your opinion, are there any similarities between any of the books in this category?

I haven’t yet.  For the Edgars, I read all of the other nominees.  I’d like to do the same for the Anthonys, but I have to balance that with the loudly-ticking clock of my next book deadline.  I might put their titles into a hat and read the first one or two I draw before September.  It’s a no-lose gamble; whatever comes out is certain to be good.  With deadlines last year, my time for reading went out the window, and discovering new authors was a horse on which I wanted to get back up, to completely tangle both grammar and metaphor.

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