Q&A with Ed Lin


Ed Lin, author of Incensed, is a native New Yorker of Taiwanese and Chinese descent. He is the author of six books, including the prequel to Incensed, Ghost Month. Here are his answers to our five questions…

What author or book inspires you most?

I really love the early pulp writers who were setting the foundation of hardboiled crime stories such a Dashiell Hammett and Paul Cain, and the humor that Charles Willeford and Norbert Davis brought to the table. Chester Himes is awesome for hitting the race-commentary note and Lois-Ann Yamanaka for changing the language. I am constantly inspired further by books both new and new to me.

What are your favorite parts of participating in book festivals?

I like checking out the local community—going to the supermarket and seeing what people are like and what they buy to eat. I like meeting other authors and hanging out. It’s always great to meet readers and ask them what’s going on in their town/city.

When did you realize you wanted to write this book?

Incensed is a sequel to the first book in the series, Ghost Month. I feel like I always have more to say and I love my characters—they will outlive me by a good bit!

Which part of the book are you most proud of?

There’s nothing in it that I’m not [proud of], but I think my favorite parts are where the narrator confronts his own homophobia in order to try to find someone who is missing.

What are you working on next?

Another sequel, of course, and a book about horrible people that is actually quite amusing.

At this year’s Festival, Ed Lin will take part in the Crime Wave program, The Mysterious Worlds of Abbott, Dahl, Lin, and Tran, along with authors Megan Abbott (You Will Know Me), Julia Dahl (Invisible City), and Vu Tran (Dragonfish). 

Click here to check out other Crime Wave programs in the 2017 Festival!