Elizabeth George

in conversation with Jacqueline Winspear

Saturday, June 20th,
7:00est/4:00pst

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Elizabeth George’s The Punishment She Deserves is the internationally best selling author’s latest crime novel featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers.

Elizabeth’s crime novels have been celebrated by the New York Times and translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.

A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She most recently taught a live online creative writing class for Hedgebrook Women’s Writers’ Retreat on Whidbey Island. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

She has also written the longtime best selling creative writing book Write Away, has edited two volumes of short stories, and is the executive chair of the Elizabeth George Foundation, which makes grants to poets, emerging playwrights, and unpublished novelists.

The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel, where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life, the circumstances of the crime, and the atmosphere of the countryside which functions as another character.”

– Elizabeth George

Elizabeth’s George’s crime novels have been celebrated by the New York Times and translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.
A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She most recently taught a live online creative writing class for Hedgebrook Women’s Writers’ Retreat on Whidbey Island. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

She has also written the longtime best selling creative writing book Write Away, has edited two volumes of short stories, and is the executive chair of the Elizabeth George Foundation, which makes grants to poets, emerging playwrights, and unpublished novelists.

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The Punishment She Deserves: A Lynley Novel

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    You’ve said “the English tradition offers the great tapestry novel” — can you elaborate on what you mean by “tapestry novel” and what distinguishes the English tradition from the American?

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    How do you track story elements in your writing process? What sorts of tools do you use? Do you use any visual maps?

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    You’ve developed such memorable characters and written such suspenseful novels. What, in your opinion, is the most important first step an author needs to do as they begin conceiving of a new book?