The Canada Question, redux
There are certain questions that authors get asked over, and over, and over again. Where do you get your ideas. Who would play your protagonist in a movie. Who would win in a fight, protag X or Y. But Peter Robinson gets a most frequently asked one for his very own: why doesn’t he set his books in Canada, where he’s lived for over 30 years? The Toronto Star’s Bruce Demara asks it again:
“For some reason Toronto — because of its very diverse neighbourhoods — is sort of an unknowable city,” he said.“And
I don’t particularly want to write a Beaches mystery. I’d rather go for
some mean streets (story), but I don’t really know the mean streets and
I don’t intend to hang out on them either,” said the mid-50ish
Robinson, a long-time resident of the east-end neighbourhood.
Okay, how about … Banks, originally from Peterborough, England,
arrives in Toronto escorting an extradited criminal. Impulsively, he
decides to visit Peterborough, Ont. (founded by an Irish settler also
named Peter Robinson). A snowstorm traps him and others in a remote
house with no hope of rescue for days. A killer strikes …“That sounds original,” Robinson replies with a touch of archness and exasperation.
And that is why the question should be retired.