Marc Levy in the universe of outlaws

Usually, Marc Levy likes to go through Montreal, where he has his habits and several friends, to present his new novels to Quebecers. But this time, circumstances require, it was during a telephone interview that he told us about his 20th novel, “It happened at night”, the first volume of his new series, “9”.

Mr. Levy, how did the idea of ​​“It Happened at Night” come about?

It was born from an encounter between different elements, and a passion for information and current affairs. We are living in incredible times, in every sense of the word. There are a lot of negatives, but fortunately also a little bit of positives. There were a number of themes I wanted to tackle, and the best way for me to do that is through a story. There are so many things in the book that are inspired by real life.

Usually your novels feature two characters. In it, we follow the fate of nine outlaws working for good. Have you had to change the way you write?

It was different and fun, but it’s a lot more work. It requires a much more structured architectural work in history. But it is an exciting challenge. I have several options for developing the story and it’s very enjoyable.

Marc Levy in the universe of outlaws

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I imagine you had to do a lot of research to feed this novel.

Yes, and I went to meet real Robin Hoods of modern times. It was a lot of documentation work. This is what is fascinating in this profession, to be able to use a novel as a pretext to educate oneself. I met outlaws, forgers, journalists, and it was very enriching.

This novel is the first part of your “9” series. Will there be more than one sequel to this one?

Yes, definitely. I’m in the process of finishing the second book, and there will be at least three or four more. I really like this universe that I created, I find it inspiring.

You write a novel a year; is it important for you to keep this pace?

Yes, I don’t have any other work, so I have the luxury of having the time to write a book a year. It’s a beautiful rhythm. Fortunately, since the computer replaced the typewriter and we have access to Google, everything is possible in much less time.

Do you have a writing ritual?

I like to write at night, when the house is sleeping. There is only my dog, Alice, a golden retriever, who gives me a benevolent look. I am writing on a tidy wooden table with a picture of my adorable grandmother watching me.

Twenty novels in 20 years. Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?

My three children, my love story with their mother, who is extraordinary and a wonderful designer. I am very proud of my books, but I am much more proud of my family.

You live in New York, but you often come to Montreal. What memories do you keep of your trips to Quebec?

I love Montreal, the Laurentians, and Quebec. For me, Quebec is a familiar province, I have my friends and my habits there and I really enjoy coming there. There are incredible restaurants in your home, and also a sweetness that you can’t find anywhere else.

“It Happened at Night” is already available in stores.

About Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith who hails from Toronto, Canada currently runs this news portofolio who completed Masters in Political science from University of Toronto. She started her career with BBC then relocated to TorontoStar as senior political reporter. She is caring and hardworking.

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