How I Came to Write Murder in the Air.
It was easy. Whenever I finish one book, I start thinking about what I might do next. My brother is often a source of ideas, and he suggested this one. He lives out in the country near our hometown, only a short distance from a factory chicken farm. He says that the place has had a serious effect on his quality of life. Not a good effect, either. The stench is bad enough, but he believes the air has affected both his own health and his wife’s.
What I’ve said about those farms in the book is pretty mild compared to the reality that he describes. He’s spent much of the last five years writing letters to the editor, to various county and state officials and air quality boards, and to anybody else he can think of. Not that it’s done any good. So he said to me one day when I was visiting him, “You ought to write a book about these chicken farms.” That clicked with me, and after I thought it over for a while, I started writing Murder in the Air.
There’s a lot more in the book than chicken farms, of course, but that conversation with my brother is where it all started. Come to think of it, a lot of my books seem to begin that way, with some remark a member of my family or a friend has made. I don’t think I’ll tell them, though. They might start thinking they deserve a cut of the advance.
Bill Crider is the author of MURDER IN FOUR PARTS, OF ALL SAD WORDS, MISSISSIPPI VIVIAN, and A MAMMOTH MURDER. He's also the editor of DAMN NEAR DEAD 2, debuting this week at NOIRCON.
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