Q&A with Charles Todd

An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd is a great read. Not only does it have a riveting mysterious plot but it also has details about English society during the World War I period. Since this month marks the 100th anniversary of the war people might want to read this book to immerse themselves in that era. The plot has Bess along with her good family friend Simon setting out to solve the mysterious disappearance of a soldier under her care, as well as attempting to restore Bess’s reputation and clear her name.     Elise Cooper: Did you decide to attend the Military Book Fair on November 8th on the USS Midway because your plots...

Q&A with James Rollins

The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins is another winner. On the tenth anniversary of this series Rollins is able to look into his crystal ball and see the future; although not too distant a future. Consider the current outbreak of the Ebola virus that is spreading faster than it can be controlled spurring New York City to conduct a massive bioweapons drill. On the tails of the Ebola reality, this novel combines pure science with a very believable storyline that can easily be played out on the world stage, showing the dangers of bio-labs that are attempting to create life-threatening viruses.   Elise Cooper: You write three series of...

Steve Weddle Interviewed By Tim Hennessy

Steve Weddle Interview By Tim Hennessy Steve Weddle’s debut novel-in-stories Country Hardball revolves around a small Arkansas community’s struggles, heartbreak and secrets. It’s a truly exceptional collection of stories that mixes working class tragedy with elements of the crime genre and if that’s your literary sweet spot, you’re in for a fantastic read. In addition to working for a newspaper group, Steve edits Needle: A Magazine of Noir, blogs at Do Some Damage and teaches online classes at LitReactor. Tim Hennessy: What gave you the inkling to try writing fiction? Was there a piece of writing that really excited you? Were you successful...

Q&A with J.A. Jance

REMAINS OF INNOCENCE  has J. A. Jance once again writing a great storyline. Before starting this book readers might want to download the novella, The Old Blue Line that offers a backstory on Joanna Brady’s husband Butch Dixon. Both involve murder mysteries that are very suspenseful. The novella has Butch being a person of interest when his ex-wife is found killed. The book has two storylines going at once, both involving people being murdered.   Elise Cooper: Do you like writing novellas?   J. A. Jance: I have written three now. This one is the second to be published. Someone asked me if I could write about knocking off someone’s...

Q&A with Jeff Guinn

Elise Cooper: Do you think this book is a realistic look at the western frontier?   Jeff Guinn: Yes, which is why I included blowing dust, bad whiskey, and smelly outhouses. Seriously, conditions in that region were very extreme and hard. Anyone who survived out there in one way or another was a hero, both men and women. What was written in this book reflects what was going on all over the frontier. That is why I included the quote, ‘The simplest conveniences in civilized places were complicated in Glorious.’   EC: Did you want to contrast Saint Louis and Glorious?   JG: Yes. Saint Louis was the line of de-embarkation with...

Q&A with Tom Young

Elise Cooper: Your bio terrorism scenario seems very realistic and plausible. Is it based on your military experience? Thomas Young: I hope this scenario never really happens where terrorists get their hands on chemical weapons in variety and in quantity. Fortunately, I have never experienced a chemical weapons attack. But my training during twenty years in the Air National Guard included how to respond to that scenario. In chem warfare exercises I learned to recognize symptoms of chem weapons poisoning, how to use protective equipment such as gas masks, and how to administer antidotes. We even practiced flying into a chemical-contaminated...