James Rollins – The WAR HAWK Interview

War Hawk creates a realistic relationship and brings back the beloved characters of working dog Kane and his handler Tucker Wayne. The plot begins when a former flame and army colleague, Jane Sabatello, asks Tucker for his help in finding those who want to kill her and have murdered her former co-workers. Through his investigation he finds that an evil corporate CEO, Pruitt, is behind these killings and global conspiracy. He is using the knowledge of Alan Turing, the English code-breaker of the Nazis, to change the way modern warfare is fought. Elise Cooper: What was it like to co-write with Grant Blackwood? JR: We outlined in great detail,...

Allison Brennan: The POISONOUS Interview

Poisonous by Allison Brennan is a very powerful story. The novel delves into very relevant issues from cyber bullying to social media’s role within people’s lives. The author makes a good point about how social media makes it easier for someone to say mean things without any repercussions. This intense plot also focuses on psychological issues involving a mentally challenged character and how family dynamics play into divorce. A cyber bully, Ivy, falls off a cliff; was she pushed or was it accidental? Maxine Revere, an investigative reporter that works on cold cases, is asked to find the truth about the fall. Elise Cooper: How did you get...

Author Work Space: Kate Mosse Apr26

Author Work Space: Kate Mosse

I can write anywhere -airports, parks, hotel rooms, trains, cafes, bus stations …. But, it’s great to be home, at my own desk in Sussex (a couple of miles from where The Taxidermist’s Daughter is set on the South Coast of England!)  My study is on the ground floor and has windows on three sides. I work very early in the day –  usually, I start writing at about 4am with a pot of strong, sweet black coffee – so I get to see the sun rise through the double windows . On the shelf are my Father’s WWII binoculars and my mother’s favourite Lladro sculpture, together with a black & white photograph of...

…and take their good liquor on the way out the door Apr26

…and take their good liquor on the way out the doo...

…and take their good liquor on the way out the door. I love to write. I love throwing myself into an alternate reality, rooting through my imagination and digging out things that amuse, surprise or even alarm me. I love when a line pops into my head and makes me laugh out loud. I want to run out my door and read it to someone. Of course, I have to make them sit still for the 50 pages of backstory that lead up to the line, but I’m willing to do that. I love that my series requires my protagonist to “MacGyver” weapons and concoct escapes with nothing but what is at hand. Although, that has proven to be problematic. There was the time I was...

MEMORIAL HELD FOR GARY SHULZE Apr24

MEMORIAL HELD FOR GARY SHULZE

April 24th saw the Twin Cities literary community come together to morn long-time bookseller Gary Shulze. Shulze and his wife, Pat Frovarp, had co-owned Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis, MN, for the past fourteen years. They worked to make Once Upon a Crime the hub of the Minneapolis mystery community. Readers and authors took to the Minneapolis institution not only because of its vast inventory of new and out-of-print books, but because of the welcoming nature of Shulze and Frovarp. Shulze had been fighting leukemia since 2007, and the disease had returned in 2014. Circling the block on a rain soaked Sunday as we looked for a place to...

Author Work Space: Seth Margolis Apr24

Author Work Space: Seth Margolis

Author Workspace Seth Margolis I live in an apartment in Manhattan, so the concept of “workspace” is right up there with “Central Park view” and “spacious terrace” in the unattainable fantasy department. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to write seven novels in the same apartment over the past twenty-five years. Perhaps I would have been more prolific if I’d had a dedicated workspace during that time. Probably not. It’s a two-bedroom apartment, and when my wife, Carole, and I bought it I used the second bedroom as an office. Two hundred square feet of privacy. My first novel, False Faces, was written in there. And just as I finished my second,...