I admire American writers who master British dialog. I work on that myself and I know it for the tough slog that it is. For me, there’s no better trick than reading the dialog out loud. People stare at you if you do it on the street, but so be it.
Greg Rucka might not read dialogue out loud to himself in public, but he does a helluva nice job writing “Brit.”
Rucka is the author of the Tara Chase series, set in the world of British Military Intelligence. The books include A GENTLEMAN’S GAME and THE LAST RUN.
Rucka is Californian by birth and lives in Portland, Oregon. Yet to my ear, he writes dead-on British dialog.
(Not for nothing, but he’s also a gifted comic book writer, whose credits include such well-received titles as WHITE OUT and GOTHAM CENTRAL.
Question: Which American writers do you think cross borders in their dialog? And vice versa?