The novel draws on readers’ knowledge of both the western and crime fiction. Who did you think of as your audience as you wrote?
I really don’t think in terms of audience, not because I have some private erudite vision, but because I don’t usually know what’s going to happen on the page until I write it. Often, as I’m putting things into words I am discovering what I think about this or that, where the edges of my characters are and what will happen next.
So I’m a long way from audience at that point. As the book begins to take shape, I suppose I focus on being understood completely, which requires a kind of clarity and precision with language that I think is one of the highest considerations one can have for his or her audience.
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