Celebrating Texas Writers Month with us today is Edgar winner David Liss (San Antonio).
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Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, David Liss is a transplanted Texan. He received his B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from Georgia State Universty and his M.Phil from Columbia University, where he left his dissertation unfinished to pursue his writing career.
Liss is the author of six novels. His debut novel, A Conspiracy of Paper (2000) with its hero, the pugilist turned private investigator Benjamin Weaver, was named a New York Times Notable Book and won him the 2001 Barry, MacAvity and Edgar awards for Best First Novel. David’s second novel, The Coffee Trader (2003) was also named a New York Times Notable Book and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the year’s 25 Books to Remember.
His third novel A Spectacle of Corruption (2004) became a national bestseller. David’s fourth novel, The Ethical Assassin (2006) is his first full-length work that is not historical fiction.
The Whiskey Rebels (2008) is set in 1790′s Philadelphia and New York, and the third Benjamin Weaver novel is The Devil’s Company (2009).
Q. Are you a native Texan or did you get here as soon as you could?
A. We moved here because of my wife’s job. She’s a literature professor, and took a position at Trinity University in 2001.
Q. How did you end up writing historical fiction?
A. I was in graduate school when I decided to write my first novel. They say write what you know, and I knew eighteenth century Britain.
Q. What book marketing activities made you a bestselling author?
A. I was lucky enough to get the first author treatment my first time out, and I’ve been lucky enough to have readers stick with me. I have a web page, and I make myself accessible to readers through Facebook and Twitter.
Q. Tell us about your upcoming release. Is it set in Texas?
A. My next novel is called The Twelfth Enchantment, and it will be out in August. It is set in England in 1812, and I like to think of it as historical urban fantasy. Like many of my previous novels, there is an economic component (in this case, the Luddite rebellion, the first organized resistance to the Industrial Revolution), but it is mainly a Jane Austen-esque story about a young woman who discovers a complicated and supernatural family inheritance. Also, Lord Byron has the hots for her.
Additionally, I write the monthly series Black Panther: The Man Without Fear for Marvel comics, and come June 1st begin a 5-part mini-series for Marvel called Mystery Men. Later this year, Radical Comics will publish an illustrated novel called Assassins: Sword of the Apocalypse, a work of historical fantasy set during the Third Crusade.
Q. Where can we pay you a virtual visit?