Crime writer Mofina juggles work and murders

Wed Jan 7, 2009 8:14am EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - By day Rick Mofina is a Canadian civil servant, commuting to work by bus, but by night and at weekends he travels through the worlds of espionage and murder as an award-winning thriller writer.

Mofina said his latest book, "Six Seconds," released in the United States and Canada this week, was written the same way as his other eight books -- plotted on the bus on the way to work then typed out in his suburban basement in Ottawa.

He has been published in the United States, Canada, Norway and Sweden and he has received the Arthur Ellis Award, Canada's top literary prize for crime fiction, and was shortlisted by the International Thriller Writers for a Thriller Award.

"Six Seconds" draws on Mofina's travel experiences when he was a reporter and is the tale of two mothers, strangers from different worlds, who become ensnared in an assassination plot using a missing California boy as the weapon.

Mofina, who works as a communications advisor for the Canadian government, spoke to Reuters about juggling life as a working author:

Q: Did you always want to write?

A: "Yes, for me it has been a lifelong affliction. Every since I was a child I have enjoyed writing and reading. It became a lifelong thing for me and I felt I had to write every day."

Q: When did you write your first novel?   Continued...