James Reasoner Interview up at You Would Say That, Wouldn't You

Paul D. Brazill published an excerpt of an English-language translation of an interview with James Reasoner over at his blog, You Would Say That, Wouldn't You. The interview was originally published in Italian by Liberi di scrivere. In the interview, James talks about one of my favorite books, his first novel Texas Wind, which I reviewed here.

The full interview is available here to read in English.

Here is a sample of the interview:

Q: Could you tell us a little about your protagonist, Cody?
A: Cody (and I’m pretty sure that’s his last name, but to this day I don’t know his first name) is a smart, decent guy, and tough enough when he has to be. He was born and raised in Texas and loves the place, but he doesn’t necessarily like everything it’s come to be. He has a broad range of interests.

One of my favourite lines from the novel is when Janice looks at the books in Cody’s apartment and says, “That’s the first time I’ve seen Herman Hesse and Zane Grey on the same shelf.”

One thing I don’t recall if I’ve ever mentioned about him is that I came up with the name not because of Buffalo Bill Cody but rather Phil Cody, who was an early editor at BLACK MASK before Joseph T. Shaw became editor."

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