Bestselling novelist Linwood Barclay, author of the new thriller Trust Your Eyes, answered our five questions.
IFOA: Are we right to assume the inspiration for Trust Your Eyes came from adventures with Google Earth?
Barclay: Yes, but it was one image in particular. The Google Earth car, when it passed the home of one of our friends, it captured a shot of their dog looking out the window. A cute, funny image. But I thought, what if Google had captured a much more sinister image, one that was just waiting to be found?
IFOA: We got scared just watching the trailer for Trust Your Eyes. Can you explain the pleasure you get out of scaring people?
Barclay: I don’t really think about trying to scare people. It’s more than I want to keep them on edge. I want to keep them turning pages, and to be surprised. The bottom line is, I want to keep them interested. As a writer, there’s no pleasure in boring people to death.
IFOA: What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Barclay: Diner-like breakfast, coffee, fireplace going, comfy couch, and a DVD-set of some fantastic series we’ve never seen before.
IFOA: If you could have lunch with any author, dead or alive, who would you choose?
Barclay: Tough one. I’ve been fortunate to have met several authors (some, sadly, no longer with us) whose work I greatly admire. I think lunch with Stephen King would be great. Wouldn’t even have to talk writing. We’d just trade stories of our favourite Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episodes.
IFOA: Finish this sentence: The Internet is…
Barclay: … keeping me from getting any work done.
Barclay will appear at Authors at Harbourfront Centre as part of the Crime Showcase on March 20.