Short, Sharp Interview: Evangeline Jennings

burning-down-the-housePDB: Can you pitch BURNING DOWN THE HOUSEBURNING DOWN THE HOUSE in 25 words or less?

EJ: The dumbing down of America leads to the end of days. Something about tiny fingers and a well-regulated militia.

 PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written?

EJ: 4’33”. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The Social Network. Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts. Veronica Mars. And far too many others for a short sharp interview. But if I’d written Lost, it wouldn’t have ended up shite.

PDB: Which of your books do you think would make good films or TV series?

EJ: Much of my crime fiction would make for decent movies. Burning Down the House is so episodic it could only ever work on TV.

 PDB: Who are your favourite writers?

EJ: PG Wodehouse. Terry Pratchett. Iain (M) Banks. Martin Millar. Andrew Vachss. Lawrence Block. Donald Westlake. Nick Tosches. Agatha Christie. Me.

PDB: What’s your favourite joke?

EJ: Guns don’t kill people.

PDB: What’s your favourite song?

EJ: “Roadrunner” by the Modern Lovers

evangalinePDB: What’s on the cards?

EJ: The American electorate will save mankind, or not. Liverpool FC will fail heroically again. I will write some stupid good shit.

 PDB: Anything else?

EJ: My partner in crime, Lucy Middlemass and I are launching a new publisher-y thing shortly. It will be called Furious. And we will do such things—what they are yet I know not—but they shall be the terrors of the earth.

Bio: I’ve done nothing. I’ve achieved nothing. I work for a firm but I want to burn it down.

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