Author Interview With Tom Franklin

M, I, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, I, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, I, Humpback, Humpback, I. Just a string of gibberish until it's put together as Mississippi, the setting of mystery author Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. This RT Top Pick! captures the feel of the South and has RT Reviewer Donna M. Carter raving, “Much more than a mystery, this literate, evocative tale is a story of guilty secrets, hidden loves and, ultimately, of redemption, with characters who are so real they practically walk off the page.” Now get an inside peek into the mind of the author behind Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and don't miss the excerpt at the end of the interview.

RT BOOK REVIEWS: You grew up in the Deep South and you return to this setting for  Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. However, you actually wrote the book while living in Brazil. Was it difficult capturing the atmosphere and feel of Mississippi while in South America?

Tom Franklin: No, because I've lived in the landscape of this book almost my whole life. I think going to the real, real, real South gave me a bit of perspective I otherwise wouldn't have had. I had to rely on memory where otherwise I might've just looked around me. I need something about a tree. There's one right there. But because I was in Brazil, all I had in terms of setting was in my memory. And I think that stirring up all those memories is perhaps why this book is more autobiographical than my others.

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