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"There's this perception of the publishing business as a walled garden, protected by moats and spiky walls, whose denizens are for the most part actively hostile to wannabe writers and their attempts to break in. This perception is one thousand per cent correct. And now that I'm inside the garden, dammit, I want y'all to stay out where you belong. I don't want more competition."

-- Author Jon Evans

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Jon Evans was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario. He earned a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and promptly began what he describes as his "pinball lifestyle." Evans never stays in any one place for more than a year, and his travels have taken him all over the world, providing him with rich, exotic settings for his crime fiction. What works in written fiction can ruin a good movie deal though - Dark Places didn't get the movie treatment because, as Evans explains, "filming on location is very, very expensive."

Evans has some advice for those interested in getting into writing: don't. "I don't want more competition," he remarks, "so make sure that you don't read. A writer who doesn't read is like a carpenter without wood, and that's the way I want you. If you must read, keep it to one or two books a month, and make sure that they're always about the same thing."

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