Clare Mackintosh: The I SEE YOU Interview

Elise Cooper: Routine is the key word to this story? Clare Mackintosh: I started the book with this quote to set the tone, ‘You do the same thing every day. You know exactly where you’re going. You’re not alone.’ We stay in these routines and do not think about it because they are extraordinarily comforting and familiar. For example, when we leave for a job we take the same route and leave at the same time each day. Unfortunately, this means we are lessaware of our surroundings. I realized in the cities many people know about others commutes, and how dangerous that could be. EC: Did your professional experiences help you to write these...

Alex Segura Crimespree Interview By Dave White

I hate hot weather. Give me winter and snow any day over the humid, sweaty nonsense that comes in the months of June-August. But, when it comes to crime fiction, the mean streets of Miami—away from the glitz and glamor of the beach—catch my eye. Why? Because Alex Segura and his Private Investigator protagonist, Pete Fernandez, mine those streets for the all the danger, action, and crime you expect in hardboiled fiction. Alex and I sat down at our respective computers and talked about writing process, Pete, and his upcoming novel DANGEROUS ENDS, coming in April from Polis Books. Dave White: At the end of DOWN THE DARKEST STREET, Pete has...

Mark Greaney talks about GUNMETAL GREY

Elise Cooper: How would you describe this story? Mark Greaney: It is a cat and mouse adventure story as people go after this particular guy. Everyone is after Fan, the Chinese government hacker, because if he defects he becomes like a virus to the Chinese. Because Gentry is a contractor the CIA can use him as a deniable asset, remaining on the periphery. He utilizes the CIA and vice versa for them. EC: Does the Gray Man describe his personality and more? MG: He never stands out as an individual. I did not develop the term “Gray Man.” It is someone in the military or intelligence that moves around in a low profile. He physically moves around...

Amy Poeppel talks about SMALL ADMISSIONS

SMALL ADMISSIONS Amy Poeppel Atria Pub/Emily Bestler Books Dec 27, 2016 SMALL ADMISSIONS is not just about the process of applying to a private school it is also about how each character looked within to find their faults and strengths.  The core of the story is about friendship and family, disappointments and joy. Elise Cooper:  Where did you get the idea for the story? Amy Poeppel:  It started quite awhile ago, about eight years to be more exact.  After we moved to New York City we started the interview process to see which school was best for our children.  Unfortunately, my husband and I were really bad at it.  After thinking about it,...

Ingrid Thoft talks about DUPLICITY

Elise Cooper:  Where did you get the idea for the story? Ingrid Thoft:  In the Seattle area there was a Church that imploded.  Although the Covenant Rising Church was Evangelical what was put forth in the book could be applied to any religion.  I wondered what happens to people when the cornerstone of their experience doesn’t turn out to be what they thought.  I am fascinated with the idea of mega churches where it is about faith, but also is about money and power, especially those personalities that rise to the top who are very charismatic. I also thought of what happened in Penn State.  So many people chose not to do anything because of...