On February 2, 2023, Irene Fantopoulos became a member of the prestigious organization, the Crime Writers of Canada.
"I am thrilled to be a member," she says. "But for now, that's all I am." Irene is discovering the advantages to membership and will educate herself on what those are.
We asked Irene whether she will write another crime novel since her future work seems to focus on different genres, such as historical fiction, romance, and drama. "Now that I'm a member of CWC," Irene says, "I feel that I need to write another crime novel. I wasn't planning to, but I'll think about resurrecting the detectives from my debut novel, All the Evil Scatters. For me, crime is a character in each of my future manuscripts. Whether that crime is against a group, individuals, or against institutions, it's a theme that is embedded in my work. The crimes of September 11, 2001, the junta regime in Greece from 1967 to 1974, and a medieval love story, feature crimes. I am aware that I'm stretching the construct of crime novel. There are crimes of varying degrees of severity, each with consequences that impact humanity. Crime is not just about serial killers."
Stay tuned as she familiarizes herself with the offerings and support of this organization. "I will update you as I learn more about the Crime Writers of Canada", Irene says.
Interview by "Life on Marz".