| Angie Counios

Interview with a reader: Part 1

I'm visiting my friend Maria in Greece. She's been reading Along Comes a Wolfe on the beach (almost three-quarters done) and it's pretty cool to watch someone pour through your book. Actually, it's a more like paint drying except when she laughs or asks a question.

However, this made me think: What an opportunity! I should ask her some questions. So here are Maria's answers to a couple of questions I asked her.

Me: How do the short chapters read?

Maria: I hadn't realized that the chapters are short until you asked. I was caught up with the plot and was curious to get to the end of each chapter. Now that you mention it, I realize that short chapters add to the suspense and fast pace of a mystery story like this.

Me: Can you tell two people wrote it?

Maria: What I found really interesting was the detailed account of circumstances that the heroes of the book go through. For example, when Tony plays basketball, I found myself as a reader caught up in the description of how a basketball player thinks. At the same time, there was the same thorough description of a girl's point of view at the beginning of the story. Although I knew, of course, that two people wrote it, I could never tell who wrote what. The style did not change, but it is obvious that you complement each other giving different points of view of different characters. There is only one other writer in my opinion that I thought could change points of view depending on the gender of his characters and that was Tom Robbins. It is so rare to have so complete a description of how somebody of the other sex would think.

Me: Is there a moment that stands out in the plot so far and why?

Maria: There are different points that the writer feels as turning points in the plot: from the way the book starts with the first attempt of the killer, to the way it continues and we "get in the head" of Tony, the main character, to the way the climax builds up, you feel like a viewer that watches a well-directed film in which the scenes unroll in front of you with all the details of the scenery and even the lighting describing each one. I would say that what stands out is the way that we are gradually led to understand the thinking of a sociopath.

Me: Thanks, Maria, for letting me get in your head about the book. I'll be chatting with you when you're done the whole thing. Looking forward to another conversation about it.

Maria: Thank you, Angie—and David! It was a unique experience!

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