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'I wanted to bring a woman's point of view to these crimes' - Karin Slaughter on giving victims a voice

Veteran crime writer Karin Slaughter talks to Darragh McManus about giving victims a voice, and how quarantining in a cabin helps her creative process

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An angry cri de cœur: The Silent Wife is the 10th of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent novels.

An angry cri de cœur: The Silent Wife is the 10th of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent novels.

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

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An angry cri de cœur: The Silent Wife is the 10th of Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent novels.

Is there a better example of nominative determinism than Karin Slaughter? The tongue-in-cheek theory, which states that your name at birth decides your future career, fits perfectly with a writer whose crime novels are often violent, harrowing and packed with mayhem and murder of all stripes.

"People always ask me if it's my real name," the American author says. "When I was a little girl, I hated the name. I remember telling my dad that I'd be dropping the 's' and calling myself 'law-ter' - he pointed out that that just spelled laughter'."

It was, the genial 49-year-old jokes, a good job she didn't end up writing romances. But she "always wanted to write, absolutely, right back to kindergarten. What I didn't know was that it was possible to make a living being a writer. It is rare, so I feel very fortunate now. I tried all sorts of jobs along the way to support my writing habit, until eventually I was lucky enough to get a three-book deal".