How Donna Leon writes

Donna Leon “What keeps me going is that when I start a book I have no idea of what’s going to happen. I have to keep writing because the more I write the more I discover where the trail is leading. I can’t follow the plot unless I’m writing it.”
[in an interview with ‘The Times’, April 15, 2014]

Donna Leon

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Wow, writing a crime novel without a plotline. That must feel like flying an aeroplane without wings. Falling in Love, the 24th Donna Leon novel starring Venice detective Guido Brunetti, is published in the UK on April 7, 2015 by Atlantic Monthly Press.

Her Brunetti books have been translated into 35 languages, except Italian. With a television series currently being developed by the BBC, Leon’s Brunetti looks set to become a household name. I haven’t read her novels, now I am waiting with anticipation to start reading from book one, Death at La Fenice, first published in 1992. Have you read them? What did you think?

Click here to read the full article at The Times online if you have a subscription.
For more about Donna Leon, click here for her website.

Donna Leon


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‘Death at La Fenice’ by Donna Leon [UK: Arrow]

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