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Elaine Viets Sixty seconds with Elaine Viets...


Elaine Viets is the author of two series – the mystery shopper one, and the Dead-End Job books. And to ensure authenticity, she's gone undercover to do those jobs herself!
RTE: Describe yourself in a sentence?

Viets: I kill people for a living.

RTE: What's the one record you'd take to a desert island?

Viets: Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell.

RTE: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Viets: An artist.

RTE: Who's your oldest friend?

Viets: I prefer long-term. They include Sue Brandt Schlueter, my best friend from high school, who was in my wedding 36 years ago. Margery Flax, Karen Grace, Jinny Gender, Janet Smith, Maria Evans, Anne Watts and Kay Gordy -- and many more. I am lucky to have vintage friends.

RTE: If I ruled the world...

Viets: It would be just as messed up as it is now.

RTE: Which book do you wish you'd written?

Viets: Michael Connelly's Concrete Blonde.

RTE: What makes you angry?

Viets: Stupid people.

RTE: Name your five dream dinner party guests.

Viets: Harry Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Hillary Clinton.

RTE: Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?

Viets: Dick Cheney.

RTE: What inspired you to start writing?

Viets: Poverty.

RTE: Where would you most like to live?

Viets: Fort Lauderdale.

RTE: Sum up your latest book in no more than 12 words.

Viets: People are dying to get into the Superior Club in CLUBBED TO DEATH.


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