For the readers of Spinetingler—and crime fiction fans in general—Frank Bill is a familiar fixture. Bill was a part of the first group of writers spotlighted in Spinetingler’s Conversations with the Bookless series and was one of the first of that group to receive a book deal. For those who are familiar with Bill’s work, no one was surprised that the Indiana writer so quickly signed a deal. What was a surprise was the overall cultural impact and attention for which Bill’s debut short story collection, Crimes In Southern Indiana, has received.
Since its debut this past fall, the collection has received near universal praise for its rough hewn style and brutal originality. Salon.com even went so far as to compare Bill’s prose to Steinbeck. This past September I was lucky enough to sit down with Bill at Bouchercon to discuss Crimes In Southern Indiana, the roots of unique brand of storytelling, and his future writing projects.
I hope you enjoy.
Frank Bill, part 1
Frank Bill, part 2