Message From The Author

Dana Stabenow

Genre: Suspense, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

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Author's Message



Dana Stabenow graduated from high school in 1969, but talk
to her about the right subject, and she can still gush like a starstruck teen. That's how she sounds when she discusses the 15 days she spent on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley (could there be a better boat for a writer to conduct research on?), patrolling the Alaskan coast. From that experience comes her
first stand-alone thriller, Blindfold Game (Jan., St. Martin's Minotaur), in which Sara Lange, the executive officer aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, and her CIA husband, Hugh Rincon, must try to thwart a North Korean terrorist attack that could bring devastation to the United States and its 49th state.

RT: What inspired you to take a break from your popular Kate Shugak series to do this novel?
I've always wanted to write a story about the Coast Guard because they're a very big part of life in Alaska. Friends and family were rescued by the Coast Guard when they got in trouble. The idea for this particular plot I'm sure was partially inspired by 9/11, and that melded immediately with my idea about the Coast Guard, which is the only seaborne military presence left in Alaska.

RT: How did you end up getting on board the
Alex Haley?
The Coast Guard has an excellent online presence, so when I found a cutter with the name Alex Haley, I e-mailed the captain and said I wanted to write a novel with a Coast Guard hero. Within 24 hours, I had a return e-mail saying, "Come on down."
I hopped on a plane in August 2003, and he spent five and a half hours answering my questions and then ran my butt off over the the cutter. Practically by the time I got home I had a letter in my inbox asking if I wanted to go on patrol with them. Well, yeah!
It was phenomenal. The things they did just staggered me.

RT: Any chance Sara will become a series character?
It's a stand-alone novel. That's my story and I'm sticking to it [laughs].

RT: What's the biggest misconception that people have about Alaska?
They assume we're all Eskimos, and even Alaska natives are not all Eskimos. There are seven major tribes. We don't all live in igloos, we don't all eat whale blubber, it's not dark and cold all the time. Yes, you can use American money here, no, you don't need a visa to travel here, yes, we are a state! -- Diane Snyder

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