Book Talk: Isabel Allende makes fun of mystery genre in 'Ripper'
By Billy Cheung
NEW YORK Feb 13 (Reuters) - Famous for using magic realism in novels like "The House of the Spirits", Chilean-American author Isabel Allende experiments with writing a mystery in her latest work "Ripper".
The book, named after a real online game, puts readers in contemporary San Francisco where a series of murders occur that loosely follow an astrological prediction.
A group of Ripper players begin to latch onto the clues to unmask the killer's identity.
Reuters spoke to Allende about her motivation, plot line and the writing process.
Q: What made you decide to write a mystery?
A: I wanted to write a book with my husband, William Gordon, who has written several mysteries that have been translated. Very soon, we realized this was impossible and we wound up fighting like dogs. He writes in English with an attention span of 11 minutes. I write in Spanish for 11 hours. I would wind up doing all the work and he would get half the credit - not a good deal for me!
I start my books on January 8. But by January 7, we had been fighting so much that he went to his room to work on his sixth mystery novel, while I went to mine to write my first. Continuación...