I Blame it on Perry Mason.

I Blame it on Perry Mason.

Posted on August 8 by David A. Poulsen
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I blame it on Perry Mason.

Although technically I suppose the real culprits were Earl Stanley Gardner, the creator of the Perry Mason mysteries and my dad who introduced them to me when I was ten or eleven years old. We had a deal--I read his Perry Mason novels and Dad read my Hardy Boys books. Then we'd talk about them.

And my obsession with the mystery novel was born. 

That fascination has never waned--from Sherlock Holmes to Nero Wolfe to Joanne Kilbourne to Spenser and John Rebus--detectives are my favourite literary characters and the mystery section is always my first destination once inside a book store--any bookstore. I celebrate whenever Ian Rankin or Jonathan Kellerman or Gail Bowen release a new work and I'm always disappointed when I finish a mystery and know that it will be months until another in that series appears.

And I suppose it's that lifelong love of the mystery genre that has driven me, after all this time, to finally write one of my own. Truth is, for a very long time I didn't think I could do it, at least not as well as those mystery writers I so admire. But finally I was able to put my fears aside and two years after I made my tentative start, Serpents Rising, thanks to Dundurn, will soon be a reality.

And now writing mysteries has become as great an obsession for me as reading them has been all these years. Maybe one day a kid and his dad will be discussing a David A. Poulsen mystery. I'd like that.

Yeah, it's all Perry Mason's fault.

David A. Poulsen

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David A. Poulsen

David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and — most of all — a writer. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the first three books in the Cullen and Cobb Mystery series. He lives on a ranch in the Alberta foothills near Calgary.