Lippman got her start as a writer reporting for the San Antonio Light and the Baltimore Sun; however, after spending almost 20 years in the industry, she decided to pursue life as a novelist. Lippman, whose most recent work, And When She was Good, was released in August, is best known for her novels about reporter turned detective Tess Monaghan. In January, she will return as an instructor for the ninth annual Eckerd College writers' conference, Writers in Paradise. "I'm proud to say that I've been a part of the conference from the beginning, and I believe one day Writers in Paradise will be considered among the pantheon of great writer workshops,'' she said. Lippman and her husband, David Simon, another former Sun reporter and creator of the HBO series The Wire and Treme, divide their time between New Orleans and Baltimore.
What's on your nightstand?
One is Arcadia by Lauren Groff, and on that one, I'm double-dipping. I've got both a traditional book as well as an e-book. I'm also reading Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance. She's a UK writer, and for my money, there's never been a writer like Rebecca Chance.
What hooked you on Groff for you to double-dip?
I read (her first novel) The Monsters of Templeton, and I think I have this sort of bizarre envy. I really admire writers who are quite different from myself, and I'm curious about writers who find success early in their careers. She was successful right out of the box.
And what is it about Chance, her humor?
Rebecca is a good stylist; word for word, she's technically a good writer. Yes, there's her humor, but the thing about her books is that they are very pro-women. Not all her women characters are good. There have been evil characters, obviously, but she has the ability to create empathy.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer