It’s been a while since I posted a personal update as I have been focusing on reviewing all the fantastic books (seriously, 2018 is off to a fantastic start!) that I got for Christmas and from publishers as well. So, let’s just dive right in!
First things first: The She Writes series have come to an end with Margaret Atwood’s interview last Friday and I have to say, I’m sad to see the series go. I started planning these interviews last summer, and week by week they came to life thanks to all the amazing writers who took some time off their busy schedules to answer my questions. The experience has been a very positive one and I am now producing more series for other sources. Who knew that a degree in English taught you about production in the digital era.
Meanwhile, I will also have some freelance articles out – all crime fiction – soon. Some if they have been commissioned by magazine editors so you will only get to read the article if you purchase the magazine. Some others will be free and online. I am not sure that sharing all those articles here is a good idea since the blog can get a bit crowded, but be sure to follow me on Twitter (@ms_adler) where I will definitely link to all my crime fiction and women’s writing stuff.
It was my birthday yesterday – I’m still humming the Happy Birthday song from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland to myself – and I have realised that the older I get, the more I appreciate non-fiction. I have also realised that I have not read any true crime yet, and I am not sure why. I did love Serial and S-Town, so maybe my way to consume crimey non-fiction is as podcasts. Meanwhile, I have done some research and I got myself a few celebrated women+true crime books. As I am doing more work in Spain, I got sent a review copy of Emma Flint’s Little Deaths translation into Spanish by Beatriz Galán Echevarría (Malpaso Ediciones). I got to know the publishers a few years back because they have one amazing feminist editor who is well-read in English and is picking up books such as Kate Bolick’s Spinster and now Flint’s Little Deaths for translation. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my mail and saw this:
That’s the book wrapped up in one of our iconic obituaries, which we still post around town when one of our relatives dies. Needless to say, I was thrilled.
Other publishers in the UK have also been sending me their true crime and their crimey non-fiction. I was particularly moved to get a review copy of the late Michelle McNamara’s unfinished project I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Faber & Faber, 1st March 2018), and I’m saving it for my next stay-at-home weekend as I know it’ll be an emotional and thrilling read.
But back to crime fiction: 2018 will be the year of diverse reading. I have been getting crime stories set in countries, communities, and towns never heard before in the genre. I am also getting books with different detectives, different criminals and different crimes. Genre fiction is special in that way. It both reflects and encourages change and diversity. But this is material for another post 😉
So, that’s it for now. I have some reviews coming up in the following weeks, one of them from the first book I ‘ve read in 2018 and which I LOVED. Hint: American contemporary fiction written by a woman. Now you do the detecting! Any guesses?
How is reading going for you in 2018? Don’t foget to share your thoughts below and happy reading!