M. L. Huie is a writer, teacher and actor. In addition to working as a features journalist he has written several plays that have been performed throughout the US and in the UK. This is his first novel.
Find out more at his website: www.mlhuie.com
Biggest literary influencers:
Mick Herron, Dashiell Hammett, Megan Abbott, Olen Steinhauer, Len Deighton
Last book read:
Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
The book that changed your life:
I have to say Goldfinger. I had a copy in 7th grade with a very scandalous cover and my unsophisticated 13-year-old self thought it seemed very sophisticated. As the years have passed that book and the other Bond novels have taught me many things. Fleming was a superior thriller writer, but his racist, homophobic and misogynistic attitudes can’t be dismissed because of his time. In many ways Spitfire’s Livy Nash with her working-class upbringing and directness are my response to everything —both good and bad—the Bond novels have taught me.
Your favorite literary character:
Hamlet, the greatest character in the greatest play ever written. The play is an epic action/adventure with introspection and Hamlet is the smart, brooding hero who contemplates existence and has a kick-ass swordfight at the end. If I’m choosing from the world of novels, then it’s Phillip Marlowe. There is nothing more fun, to me, than the moment Marlowe meets a new client, be it a wealthy dying old man or the giant Moose Malloy. Yes, he’s tough and cynical and wry, but Marlowe has a big heart.
Currently working on:
The second book in the Livy Nash series, Nightshade.
Words to live by:
“If it was easy everyone would do it.” My wife often says this to me when I’m whining about the challenges of writing.
Advice to new and aspiring authors:
Never give up. My book was rejected by close to 40 editors before it found a home.
“Huie’s taut spy thriller takes the reader to a Britain and France where the wounds of war are both deep and fresh . . . An auspicious debut.”
—Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale
“Post WWII London and Paris serve as a backdrop for a gutsy, damaged heroine who matches wits with a dangerous new enemy. A riveting page-turner!”
—Dianne Freeman, author of the award-winning Countess of Harleigh mystery series
“Huie writes with dry, cracking wit and unflinching heart . . . Filled with intrigue, betrayal, heartache, and danger, Spitfire is a debut not to be missed.”
—Meghan Holloway, author of Once More Unto the Breach