Ann Cleeves: “For me, hell is a crowded shopping centre just before Christmas.”
The Chronicle: — Are you happy?
— Tell me something about the place you were born.
— What are you reading now?
— Have you ever destroyed your works?
— What were you doing an hour ago?
— Do you think you could live in the Communist China?
— What is “hell” for you?
— Are your works expressing some kind of an ending?
— Do words without meaning actually exist?
— Are we living already in “the future of loneliness”?
— What objects would you collect in a secret archive?
— What is the last subject from the mass-media that preoccupied you more than one
— Which one is more trustworthy: the collective intelligence, the intelligentsia or the
— Can you name three historical events you’d wish you’d been part of?
— What comes into your mind when you hear about “human rights”?
— They say we die all the time. Every time we don’t feel a thing, every time we do not
— What significant progress you notice from cave life to the present?
— What is rationality’s purpose?
— For a writer the act of seeing can be in itself an act of creation?
— What takes your breath away?
— Of what importance are men in your life?
— Do you listen to music when you write, or do you prefer total silence?
— The illusion you refuse to confront with reality?
— Is there anyone you regret you have met?
— Let’s suppose you searched for your name on Google at least once. What have you
— How do you comment this Gilles Deleuze’s quote from his conference “Que-est ce que
— Do you believe in life after death?
— What’s the strangest thing that ever happened to you?
— What do you fear most?
— The thing you’re looking for, but still haven’t found it?
— A question for posterity?
Ann Cleeves’ books have been translated into twenty languages. She’s a bestseller in Scandinavia and Germany. Her novels sell widely and to critical acclaim in the United States. Raven Black was shortlisted for the Martin Beck award for best translated crime novel in Sweden in 2007. Eight series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been shown in the UK and worldwide; there have also been four series of Shetland, based on the characters and settings of her Shetland novels. Both are currently filming for the next series.
In the autumn of 2016, Ann celebrated the publication of 30 books in 30 years. Her latest book is Wild Fire, the eighth and last of her Shetland mysteries featuring Jimmy Perez; her most recent novel about Vera Stanhope is The Seagull. On 26 October 2017, Ann Cleeves was presented with the Diamond Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association, the highest honour in British crime writing, at the CWA’s Dagger Awards ceremony in London.