The best thing about being a part of the online crime fiction community is the truly fine people with whom I share it. This week I had the opportunity to meet one of those people: Auckland writer and reviewer Craig Sisterton. You may know Sisterton from his excellent crime fiction blog Crime Watch. If you aren’t familiar with Crime Watch, you’re in for a treat. It’s a rich resource for interviews with crime fiction authors, reviews of crime fiction novels, and news about the crime fiction world.
Sisterton’s done much for the world of crime fiction in general and Kiwi crime fiction in particular. He was an important force behind the creation of New Zealand’s prestigious Ngaio Marsh Award for best Crime Novel. He’s also written several features and shorter articles calling attention to developments in the crime fiction world. He’s interviewed some of crime fiction’s most notable authors, too; P.D. James, Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke are just a few of the authors we’ve gotten to know better through interviews with Sisterton.
What’s perhaps most amazing is that all of this is still only a part of what Sisterton does. He writes features, reviews and other articles on a wide variety of topics for New Zealand’s three top newspapers. In that capacity he’s covered writing, music, film, sport and much more.
Sisterton is also a very generous host and an excellent tour guide :-). He was kind enough to give me a tour of one of the loveliest cities I’ve been in (you really do need to spend some time in Auckland if you can; it’s more than worth the trip). The top ‘photo, for instance, is one of the many views of Auckland from atop Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Along the way we had the chance to chat about a whole range of things from the All-Blacks to today’s media to social and political issues and a great deal more. I was so impressed with Sisterton’s depth of knowledge on so many topics!
A kind, generous person, a deeply knowledgeable writer and a terrific tour guide, too – what’s not to like!? Thank you so much, Craig, for such a lovely time and for all that you do for us in the crime fiction community.
This is a view of beautiful Devonport, just a short ferry ride from Auckland proper.
Oh, now really! What choice did I have, hmm? 😉
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from Crosby, Stills & Nash’s Southern Cross.