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RT BOOK REVIEWS Managing Editor Liz French interviews author Julie Kramer. French and Kramer discuss the author's latest Riley Spartz mystery, Silencing Sam, that hits shelves today. Kramer gives RT a behind-the-scenes look at how Silencing Sam is affected by the intersection between news and gossip.
British author Steven J. Watson's debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep is set to be published stateside by HarperCollins. Not much is known about this psychological suspense novel except that the story follows the life of an amnesiac woman who wakes up each morning with no memory of the last twenty years of her life. She reads her journals in an attempt to discover the truth about her life.
HarperCollins is rumored to have paid a million dollars for Watson's novel, but I am skeptical that it will be worth it. I just don't think it is a good sign when the first thing that comes to mind when reading a book's synopsis is a thinly disguised plot for a Drew Barrymore Rom-Com or even worse, a 1994 "comedy" staring Dana Carvey.
But perhaps it wasn't such a bad buy after all. If nothing else, the hefty price tag on a previously unknown author will have me keeping a close eye on this book which is slated to release in early 2011.
You may have seen the USA Today article yesterday morning on bestselling mystery author Janet Evanovich and her daughter, Alex, who are working on two graphic novels based on Evanovich's Alex Barnaby/Sam Hooker books.
RT BOOK REVIEWS readers got a sneak peek at this series back in February, but just in case you missed it, you can read all about it here.
You can also read a classic interview with Janet about heroine Alex Barnaby, Aka Barney, from 2004 when the book series debuted here.
And look for a review of the graphic novel in our September issue!
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|Mystery author Jeanne M. Dams discusses her relationship with a famous first line ...
Everyone knows Bulwer-Lytton’s infamous line, “It was a dark and stormy night.” There’s an annual contest in its honor, celebrating the worst possible first line for a novel. There are so many things wrong with the sentence. It’s in passive voice, absolutely the wrong way to begin a book. It’s redundant; most nights are dark. It has no hook, goes no place. And so on, and so on. So why did I choose to title my next Dorothy Martin mystery A Dark And Stormy Night?
Author Shirley Tallman discusses the path she took to creating her historical mystery series ...
I’m delighted to have been asked to contribute a guest blog for Romantic Times. Inviting an author to write about her books, however, is akin to asking a mother to rave about her children. You may well be opening a Pandora’s Box!
But first things first. My name is Shirley Tallman and I write the Sarah Woolson historical mystery series for St. Martin’s Minotaur: Murder On Nobb Hill, The Russian Hill Murders, The Cliff House Strangler, and Scandal On Rincon Hill.
Author David Black has released his long awaited next novel, The Extinction Event. RT Reviewer Dawn Crowne has this to say of the thriller: Between the intriguing characters and deadly plot, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment that the reader will realize that they are no longer just reading this book, but they are personally involved in the complex mystery.
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RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus got a chance to chat with the author, who has also written and produced for television shows such as CSI: Miami and Law & Order. Learn which silver screen star proposed to him, what brings him back to writing novels, and why he takes so long between series installments.
They spoke about the influence of their audience on their writing:
Slaughter said that she satisfies herself first, "I write what I want to be writing, not what I think fans want."
Cronin thought of himself as a reader while he was writing The Passage. "I was feeling nostalgic for the great big fat stories ... plot driven stories" that he loves reading, so he took that mindset to his writing.
In order to control the quality of his work, Child writes every story "as if it is my first book and my last book."
They also discussed the nature of expanding a series:
Child cautioned, "with a series the huge danger is getting lazy ... or falling in love with a character" as these two sins ineviably kill a series.
Cronin knew he needed three books to tell this story, but it was "just an idea - this wonderful toy I could play with and see what happened."