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Chelsea Cain Sixty seconds with Chelsea Cain...


Journalist Chelsea Cain lived the first few years of her life on a hippie commune in Iowa, then grew up in Bellingham, Washington. Her first novel HEARTSICK, featuring Detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell, has been translated into over 20 languages. The follow-up is SWEETHEART, and the third installment, EVIL AT HEART, is due out later this year.
RTE: Describe yourself in a sentence?

Cain: I am incapable of giving directions, and yet am somehow still able to find my way almost anywhere.

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

Cain: Oh, Inverted World by The Shins, because it makes me happy every time I listen to it.

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

Cain: A fire dog.

RTE: Who's your oldest friend?

Cain: Steph Towner. I met her when I was 14. If someone likes you when you’re 14, they’ll like you no matter what.

RTE: If I ruled the world...

Cain: I would renew all my favorite cancelled TV shows.

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

Cain: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.

RTE: What makes you angry?

Cain: People who stop their cars and hold everyone up while they wait for someone to pull out of a spot in a parking garage.

RTE: Name your five dream dinner party guests.

Cain: Dorothy Parker. Russell Crowe. David Sedaris. Jon Stewart. And my friend Laura Ohm, so I’d have someone to talk to.

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

Cain: Jeffrey Dahmer. (He kept some of his victims’ heads in his refrigerator, which is just insult to injury).

RTE: What inspired you to start writing?

Cain: At the time, it seemed easier than going to the library every day.

RTE: Where would you most like to live?

Cain: Poipu Beach, Kauai, in a house overlooking the ocean with really good tsunami insurance.

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

Cain: Murder! Psychosexual mind games between cop and serial killer ensue.


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