The Jade Butterfly Spreads It's Wings

The Jade Butterfly Spreads It's Wings

Posted on January 28 by Kyle in Mystery
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1. Tell us about your book.

The Jade Butterfly is a literary-noir thriller set in Toronto, third in the Lambda-Award winning Dan Sharp mystery series. Dan is a single gay father with a talent for finding missing people. Here, he faces an unusual challenge in being asked to locate a woman who disappeared twenty years earlier, during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

 

3. How did you come up with the title?

The title was inspired by Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, the greatest thriller of them all. While I was writing this book, I read and reviewed all five of Hammett's novels. I wanted the missing family heirloom in my story to echo the legendary bird at the centre of Hammett's book.

 

5. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

People ask if I write specifically for a gay readership. I don't. Nor do I write specifically for mystery readers. I write for cultivated readers of all stripes, particularly those who enjoy well-written books with engaging prose and fun stories. I write mysteries as well as literary novels, and enjoy both genres equally. I'm currently writing two mystery series, one comic and one serious. This suits me, because I am contradictory by nature. When I write my darker Dan Sharp mysteries, I laugh a lot. On the other hand, I like to submerge many serious philosophical themes in the comic Bradford Fairfax mysteries. My ideal reader is Oscar Wilde, who is not easy to amuse, but can appreciate both series for all they contain.

 

16. Who did you read as a young adult?

As a young adult I read William Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Fyodor Dostoevsky—all equally great tragedians and great comedians. As I like to tell people, I majored in the classics: Laughing and Grief.


17. What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading Cynthia Carr's Lambda-Award winning Fire in the Belly, about the life and work of artist, writer and activist David Wojnarowicz, another creator who encompassed the extremes of tragedy and comedy, often in a single bound.