Robert Wilson

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On literature

Innsendt av: Oscar

Mr. Wilson.

First, operating within the borders of the genre literature, of which there is a long tradition that at least go back to Conan-Doyle. Have you ever considered writing ‘proper’ fiction, or do you consider it difficult to make that switch?

Second, do you find genre writers are considered the Vauxhall conference of British literature, or do you feel a part of the literary milieu in Britain?
In my mind there's no difference between crime fiction and 'proper' fiction. I happen to find myself writing within a genre but I don't feel that there are any boundaries. If I have an idea I don't decide to not write it because it might not be appropriate to the genre.
I don't feel part of any literary milieu. I'm out there on my own. My American editor tells me: 'These books could only be written by you.' So I don't feel any part of a tradition.

Hilsen Robert Wilson

I'm afraid this is my last reply. I am sorry nbot to be able to answer more but the questions demand full answers and I don't have so much time.
Thank you all for taking the time.
With very best wishes to all Norwegians. Rob Wilson.
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Book Covers

Innsendt av: george hansen

What do you think about the cover design on the norwegian editions??
I love them but they are very different to other countries. It's amazing how they change. Sometimes I'm completely perplexed but they seem to get into the psyche of the people.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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I love your books!

Innsendt av: elisabeth


Where do you get all the inspiration from when you write?
Sadly it all comes from my diseased brain.

Hilsen Robert Wilson :blink2:
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the time..

Innsendt av: Linea

how long time do you use when you start to write?is it 6 hours a day,or just a couple of times a week?
6 hours a day seven days a week until I get close to the end when it turns into 16 hours a day seven days a week and then I go to bed for a long time.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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How come?

Innsendt av: Bodil Hammer

....I never finished "A small murder in Lisboa", whilst I read
"The blind man in Sevilla" almost without pauses? The first book is now staring sadly at me, and I feel sorry about that and towards you. Give me a "push" to make me finish it, and I promise I will before Easter - cause then I will have your new book to read!
You can do it!!!

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Innsendt av: Mr Mister

How much input do you get from your publisher/editor after you've submitted your first draft on a novel? Do they accept it "as is", or do they have a lot of suggestions about rewriting, plot development, logical problems etc?
By the time I've sent a typescript to an editor it's been through several rewrites already because my first 'editor' is me and my second editor is my wife. My editor at my publsihers is particularly concentrated on making sure the story works and that it's comprehensible to the reader. Often this is necessary because I am too close to the work to see what isn't working. In the time it takes her to read the book I am developing my own ideas about changes that need to be made. Normally we agree on almost everything. This last book it was the marketing department that didn't like the title rather than my editor so I had to change thsat for the UK market to The Silent and the Damned. In the rest of the world it is under my preferred title - The Vanished Hands.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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On writing

Innsendt av: Leif W

Can you tell us a bit about how you go about writing a book? How much time do you spend on research and how much on actually writing it?
Readers want to read your story and not your research so I put some time into the research (normally about 6 months) in order to give myself confidence but I concentrate more on the writing - getting the setting right, developing the characters, moving the plot along and honing the dialogue. My last four books have taken from between 12 and 18 months each to write.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Innsendt av: Sincerely, one of your many Norwegian fans

Dear Mr. Wilson - this is not a question, but a word of praise. Each of your books is a jewel of suspense and literary execellence! I'm in awe! Keep it up, and we will keep on reading!
Thanks very much. I'm glad to have such a powerful convert to my work.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Innsendt av: Linda

How do you research? Do you find most of your information and background from reading other books, or do you visit and the sites your write about, interviewing people etc.?
I do everything that's necessary. I read books. I go to libraries. I talk to detectives, judges, prosecutors, lawyers. I walk the streets, drink the beers and eat the food. It's enjoyable work some of the time.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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How do you begin writing a book?

Innsendt av: Chris

Do your start out with plot or character - or simply a blank page?
I start with the setting and out of that step the characters then I make something happen (kill someone) and the characters react to that and the plot develops from there. It is in their hands not mine.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Innsendt av: Jarl

Hi Robert, im a big fan of your writing, and have read all your books before they became avaliable in Norway. Are you planning on continuing with the stories about Bruce Medway, and if not, what are you planning on writing about next, and when will it be avaliable?
As far as im concerned youre up there with James Clavell:-) Good luck with youre writing.
My American editor would love me to continue writing Bruce Medway but I have been contacted to write another two Javier Falcon novels set in Seville by my UK publishers. Now the Americans have decided that they would like another 2 Falcons aswell so that's the next few years taken up. I loved writing those books and they are close to my heart but I'm not sure whether I can go back. It would involve a lot of research as I haven't been in African now for nearly 10 years.
Thanks for reading and enjoying them

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Your style

Innsendt av: A Fan

I'm a great fan of your novels, because they combine a exciting thriller plots with a literary style and original metaphores. How "deliberate" is your literary style? Is this simply how you write, or do you strive for literary excellence?
This is not how I write but how I see things. I try to find the best way of bringing the reader round to my way of seeing the world and the words I choose only reflect that desire to communicate. It is up to the reader to decide whether they're 'literary' or not. This just purely my vision. Obviously things don't always come out right first time round so I do work at the books once they're 'finished' and I put every word through a process by asking each one whether they deserve to be there.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Innsendt av: Tom

How dilligently do you plan and plot your novels before you actually start writing them? Do you know most major plot turns before you embark on writing?
I don't plan anything. The books are massive exercises in improvisation. I reckon that if I don't know what's going to happen next then the reader will have no chance. It makes for a lot of hard work because things don't always work out as you would want them to and I have to do a lot of reworking to make everything fir. I haven't written a book yet in which I know the ending until I'm at least two thrids of the way through the work.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Hello Robert.

Innsendt av: Andy

I always enjoy your novels, but I must admit I enjoy the 4 novels set in Africa the best. What happened when you changed venue from Africa in your writing?

Will there ever be another Bruce Medway novel? Anyway, I look forward to anything you come up with.

The African novels are very close to my heart. They were written from my own experience and they reflect my feelings about Africa. I loved writing them. I'm very glad you like them and you might be glad to know that they will be published in Norwegian (the first one this autumn). Interestingly enough those books were recently published in America where they have become very popular and my American editor wants me to write more. But, I'm afraid I am contractually committed to write another 2 Falcon novels set in Seville. I'm not sure whether I will be going back. If I do it won't be for a few years yet.

Hilsen Robert Wilson
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Portugal during World War Two.

Innsendt av: Tormod Nuland

I have to do a bit of praising first: I thought " A small killing in Lisbon" was truly brilliant, and Ze Coehlo really "got under my skin". How much of the world war business in the action is true? Did German and Allied agents kill one another in Portugal at that time? Did the Germans " launder" gold and other valuables in Portugal during and after the war?
Keep on writing- I`ll keep on buying your books!


Tormod Nuland.
I'm glad you've enjoyed the book. I tried to have every 'fact' in the book corroborated from at least two sources. There was a silent war going on in the Beira at the time. The Germans were truly desperate for wolfram after they'd cut off their supply by invading Russia. Agents were killed from both sides. How precisely they were murdered is the fictional element which had to be created by me to suit the needs of my story. Gold was sent out of both Spain and Portugal to banks in South America during and immediately after the war.

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Innsendt av: LeoC

Thanks for some great reading experiences.
I wonder how you research a book like 'A small death in Lisbon'?
Well, I sat in libraries for a long time but that only gave me very dry historical detail which wasn't going to help me with my stroy. The problem with Salazar's Portugal was that there was censorship in force at the time, which meant nothing in the newspapers was of value. In the end I went up to the Beira, in north Central Portugal, where the wolfram was mined and found people to talk to who had been there during WW2. They only gave me a few nuggets of information but it was enough to make my story come alive.

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Favorite author.

Innsendt av: Neil (scouser and LFC supporter)

You`re one of my favorite authors, Mr Wilson. I`d like to know which authors you admire and can you recommend any "must read" books (apart from your own of course - goes without saying)?
I don't read a lot of crime fiction but I have always admired Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard who are great American 'noir' writers with powerfully memorable 'voices'. Philip Kerr wrote a book called 'A Philosophical Investigation' which is a strong, if chilly, read. I like 'An Instance at the Fingerpost' by Iain Pears. One of my favourite literary crime novels was 'The Book of Evidence' by John Banville and I admired his book 'The Untouchable' which was an espionage novel based on the life of Anthony Blunt who was the fifth man in the spy ring of Burgess, Maclean, Philby and one oither that I can't remember.
Hope you enjoy.

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Innsendt av: Hans

I`ve read the two first books from You in norwegian, and looking forward to read "The company of strangers" and "The vanished hands", hopefully during easter. I think You have extrodinary skills in combining historic facts with fiction in Your novels. Three colleagues and me are going to Lisbon (and Seville) in April. Do You have any "favourite" spots in Lisbon, or some places to visit that You would recomend? We work in the second largest cinema in Norway; are there any plans of making films based on Your novels?

The best place to go in Lisbon especially for fun at night is the Bairro Alto. It's a place full of bars, there's some 'fado' which is traditional Portuguese music (singing) and there are loads of restaurants. You might also look at the Alfama whoich is the oldest part of Lisbon which survived the 1755 earthquake. Lots of narrow cobbled sytreets, amazing views and there are 'fado' bars there, too.
If you want to see a more modern development in Lisbon try the Docas which is the old harbour area whihc has been developed into bars, restaurants and clubs.
Hope you have a great time

Hilsen Robert Wilson

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