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Forge January eBook Deals!

New Year, new e-Book deals! Gear up for next month’s release of The House Guest by Hank Phillippi Ryan with one (or both) of these searing thrillers—now on sale for $1.99, all month long!


The Murder ListThe Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

Trust MeTrust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan

There are three sides to every story. Yours. Mine. And the truth.

An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder.
A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.
Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.
Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?

 

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5 Audiobooks to Add to your Reading Life

5 Audiobooks to Add to your Reading Life

By Sarah Pannenberg

Audiobooks are a great way of getting more reading time out of your day! Whether you’re cooking, taking a walk, crafting, or just relaxing on your couch, you can have an audiobook on in the background to keep you company. Here are some Forge audiobooks that we love, as well as an audio excerpt of each for your listening enjoyment!


Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, read by the authors

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Poster Placeholder of - 90You’ve listened to the podcast, fell in love with the book, now it’s time to listen again! The audiobook is narrated by Karen and Georgia themselves, and it brings all the familiar personality and humor that you’re used to hearing in the My Favorite Murder podcast. The audiobook also has special features that you won’t get from the book, including guest appearances from Paul Giamatti and sections recorded in front of a live audience.


Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk, read by Raphael Corkhill and Marisa Calin

Image Place holder  of - 17If you’re looking for a long, immersive audiobook to keep you busy at home, look no further than Nottingham! This historical epic is 25 hours long, and it will keep you entertained for every second. It’s a spin on the myth of Robin Hood, and narrators Raphael Corkhill and Marisa Calin give life to all the merry men and other characters in Nottingham Castle. If you want a Game of Thrones type of saga with less magic and dragons, you’ll love this story.


A Dog’s Promise by W. Bruce Cameron, read by William Dufris

Place holder  of - 64For all the dog lovers out there who need a heart-warming listen, dive into another adventure with Bailey the dog! Ever wondered what your dog was thinking? Narrator William Dufris gives voice to Bailey and makes you feel like you’re in the head of your furry friend. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll definitely want to keep your tissues nearby!


Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber, read by Stephanie Willis, Bethany Lind & Nicholas Techosky

Image Placeholder of - 90The multicast performance of Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe brings this mystical Southern novel to life. The group paints a beautiful audio picture that you will feel like you’re transported to the small town of Wicklow. There are a lot of mentions of delicious food, so this would be the perfect audiobook to listen to while baking or cooking!


The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan, read by Angela Dawe

Placeholder of  -51For those who need something more thrilling to keep them busy, listen to an audiobook from the master of the legal thriller, Hank Phillippi Ryan! The Murder List is a standalone novel that follows law student Rachel North, who is committed to justice and doing the right thing but is faced with lies, manipulation, and a harrowing legal triangle. This book has twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and Angela Dawe’s narration adds the perfect element of suspense to the story!

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Six Mysteries That Kept Us On Our Toes In 2019

Six Mysteries That Kept Us On Our Toes In 2019

By Alison Bunis

How was your 2019? Did you hit your Reading Challenge goal of 25 books by the end of the year? Or however many books you wanted to read? If so, color me impressed! If not, we’ve got a few suggestions here with enough spine-tingling, page-turning mojo to make sure you rip right through them. And since you won’t be able to put these mind-bending mysteries down until you’ve finished them, you’ll definitely be able to pad your end-of-the-year reading numbers.

 

Redemption Point by Candice Fox

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A disgraced former cop and a convicted murderer don’t sound like the P.I. dream-team, but Candice Fox is so good, she not only makes it work—she makes you wonder why you didn’t think of it first. In Redemption Point, the follow-up to Crimson Lake, Ted and Amanda are pulled in separate directions. As Amanda investigates the murders of two young bartenders, Ted desperately tries to prove, once and for all, that he was not the man who brutally abducted Claire Bingley. If Ted can’t prove his innocence, he’ll be the victim of a brutal revenge plot orchestrated by Claire’s devastated father. As Ted and Amanda circle closer to the truth, redemption appears to be on the cards—but it may cost them their lives.

 

Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble

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Lady Dunbridge—Phil to her friends—has no intention of sitting around and missing out on all the fun just because she happens to be a widow. She got into some wonderfully scandalous adventures in Ask Me No Questions, and now she’s back with her signature brand of stylish sleuthing in Tell Me No Lies. Murder and scandal abound in Gilded Age Manhattan, after all. This time, a handsome young business tycoon has been murdered. His death could send another financial panic through Wall Street and out into the country beyond. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

 

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Rachel North loves her life. Her hard work and dedication in law school have paid off in the form of a top-notch internship with the Boston DA’s office. She’s in a loving, happy marriage, and her handsome, devoted husband just happens to be a successful defense attorney. Rachel knows that it’s her smarts and her determination to do the right thing got her here, and she’s got a clear picture of what the future will bring. 

Problem is, of course, she’s wrong. And in this cat-and-mouse game, the battle for justice is about to become a fight for survival.

 

Hudson’s Kill by Paddy Hirsch

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When Justy Flanagan became a city marshal at the end of The Devil’s Half Mile, he thought he’d seen the worst New York City had to offer. Now, in 1803, the city continues to surprise him with worse depravities than anyone could have imagined. When a young black girl is found stabbed to death in an alleyway, Justy and his old friend Kerry O’Toole, now a schoolteacher, each follow the girl’s murder down separate paths to the same shadowy community on the edge of the growing city. There is a craven political conspiracy in the heart of the city, and it’s tied up with a stunningly depraved criminal enterprise—and Justy and Kerry must fight to save the city, save themselves, and bring the girl’s killer to justice.

 

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

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A group of sinners. An isolated island. A mysterious force picking them off one by one. If it sounds familiar, no, this is not And Then There Were None, although you’d be forgiven for thinking that—Rachel Howzell Hall was inspired by Agatha Christie’s classic when she sat down to write They All Fall Down. In this case, ten sinners become seven, and we’re updated to present day, where Miriam Macy receives a surprise invitation and sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Surrounded by miles of open water, everyone soon learns that they have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and that they all harbor a secret. Danger lurks in the lush forest and the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped. And strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one . . .they all fall down

 

Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn

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No offense to all the human narrators in the crime fiction genre, but Chet the dog might just take the cake as our very favorite crime narrator. He’s a dog who solves crime—along with his P.I. pal Bernie, of course. Chet & Bernie are both music lovers, so when former country superstar Lotty Pilgrim turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with into the tip jar. And then the C-note is stolen right from under their noses—even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing. Soon they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, and Chet & Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there’s no one to trust but each other.

 

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in November

Your favorite Tor/Forge authors are hitting the road in November! See who’s coming to a city near you this month.

Alison Wilgus, Chronin, Volume 2: The Sword in Your Hand

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Thursday, November 7
Kinokinuya Books
New York, NY
6:00 PM

Shannon Price, A Thousand Fires

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Saturday, November 9
Books Inc Campbell
Campbell, CA
4:00 PM

Jenn Lyons, The Name of All Things

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Thursday, November 7
Half Price Books
Dallas, TX
6:00 PM

Friday, November 8
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Sunday, November 10
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
4:00 PM

Monday, November 11
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
5:00 PM

Kel Kade, Fate of the Fallen

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Thursday, November 7
Half Price Books
Dallas, TX
6:00 PM

Friday, November 8
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Sunday, November 10
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
4:00 PM

Monday, November 11
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
5:00 PM

Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Murder List

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Saturday, November 2
Bouchercon
Dallas, TX
2:30 PM

Saturday, November 16
Holiday Inn, New Orleans Airport
Metairie, LA
8:30 AM

Paddy Hirsch, Hudson’s Kill

Saturday, November 16
Camarillo AAUW Author’s Luncheon
Ventura, CA
10:00 AM

W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Promise

Saturday, November 9
Horizon Books
Traverse City, MI
12:00 PM

Tuesday, November 12
Riverstone Books
Pittsburgh, PA
7:00 PM

Saturday, November 16
Changing Hands
Tempe, AZ
7:00 PM

Sue Burke, Interference

Thursday, November 21
Mages & Quinn
Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM

Naomi Kritzer, Catfishing on CatNet

Mages & Quinn
Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM

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Hank Phillippi Ryan & Paddy Hirsch Sit Down for a Conversation On Journalism & Writing Fiction

Hank Phillippi Ryan & Paddy

Placeholder of  -7Two of our favorite authors at Forge are journalists, and what better way to get the scoop on NPR star Parry Hirsch’s historical financial thriller Hudson’s Kill (now available in paperback) than to ask our TV investigative reporter star Hank Phillippi Ryan (The First to Lie) to interview him! As always, Hank uncovers exactly what readers need to know.

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: So much of your life has been just-the-facts journalism (and more about that coming up) but when you decided to take on fiction, did you worry that you’d have trouble making stuff up?

PADDY HIRSCH: Not really – I’m Irish after, all! No, but seriously, how does that old saying go … there is nothing new under the sun? Combine that with another old saying, truth is stranger than fiction, and you have all you need to make stuff up: just keep an eye on the news. Journalists are very well placed to write fiction, because part of our job is to read or listen to or watch everything that happens in the news, which means taking a ringside seat to the human circus and observing the entire panoply of crazy human behavior. Some of the stories I’ve come across in 20 years of journalism are far more brutal, hair-raising and bizarre than anything I’ve read in fiction, so all I really need to do to create a good story is mash a few real events together and change a few details. The real challenge is grafting that storyline onto characters, who way too often have their own ideas about what should happen. In short, making it up is not an issue: making it fit is a whole other kettle of fish.

HANK: The thing I love about training in journalism to write fiction is that both are all about story-telling. And no matter if the story is true or imagined, it’s still has the same necessary elements. Have you found that to be true?

PADDY: Absolutely. I work as an editor at NPR, producing a daily show called The Indicator from Planet Money. That means I help reporters shape news stories about business, finance and the economy. And it’s remarkable how the same questions I ask myself about my fiction work come up over and over when I’m editing these news stories about the economy: Where’s the drama? Where’s the tension? What’s the arc of this story? Why should the listener care about this? What’s at stake? And then the mechanics of storytelling: Use active verbs; write short; make every word count; don’t let the story slow down; find good characters and let them speak; don’t use too much exposition at any one time; be creative about helping the listener understand the complicated parts of the narrative. The same things that keep you glued to a news story about a financial fraud or a merger gone bad are the same things that keep you turning the pages of a thriller.

HANK: And you’ve made such a wonderful name for yourself with your Whiteboard videos–cleverly and brilliantly explaining complicated concepts in a relatable and entertaining way. How does complicated-into-entertaining inform your fiction?

PADDY: That’s so kind of you, Hank, thank you! I loved producing those Whiteboard explainers, and in fact my debut novel, The Devil’s Half Mile, actually started out as a non-fiction extension of that work. I’d already written a book called Man versus Markets, explaining how markets work, and wanted to write a follow up about stock exchanges, and how and why the New York Stock Exchange was created. I found the research process fascinating, but I didn’t find it easy writing a compelling narrative. In fact, frankly, what I was writing was deadly dull, and I found myself writing less and less. So, to keep my hand in –  and to spice things up – I decided to write a murder into the story. It was much more fun to write, of course, and it gave me a way to put some color into the otherwise rather colorless topic of financial regulation! This isn’t a new thing, to be sure: fables do exactly the same thing, by using a simple fictional narrative as a vehicle to deliver a moral or practical message. I do the same thing with my explainers, and I’m enjoying doing the same thing in my novel series, each of which has some kind of business shenanigans at its core.

HANK: Your newest book, Hudson’s Kill, is getting rave reviews… Congratulations! You transport the reader to what one reviewer called “the powder keg” of New York in 1803. I always start with one gorgeous core of an idea for my books, do you? What was that core for Hudson’s Kill?

PADDY:  The aim of the series is to have some kind of business or financial wrongdoing at the core of very book. In Hudson’s Kill, it’s the wild speculation that went on when the plans for the development of the island of Manhattan were being drawn up in secret in the early 1800s. While I was researching the effects of that speculation on marginal communities in New York, I stumbled upon a story about what was likely the first Muslim community in America – made up of men and women sold into slavery in West Africa, and sold to plantation owners in the Carolinas. These slaves were particularly valuable to owners in that area because they had a very specific skillset – the ability to farm rice. So valuable to one plantation owner, in fact, that he allowed them to practice their religion  – or at least turned a blind eye to it. This story fascinated me, and became the germ of an idea that became a central part of Hudson’s Kill.

Image Place holder  of - 48HANK: I started to say: “the research must have been so much fun!” And then I realized… Some people don’t like research. But you do, don’t you?

PADDY: Oh I love it. I get lost in it. I love the big stuff, like who did what, and how, and when, but I’m particularly attracted to the research of what the British historical novels Antonia Hodgson calls “street history”, that is winkling out the details of how people lived at ground level back then: what they wore under their clothes, how much sugar they put in their tea; how often they bathed; what they used to clean their teeth; where they went to the loo when they were caught short in the middle of the day etc etc.  I love those details, and I think they really bring a story alive. I also love researching how people used to speak: argot and slang are fascinating to me, which is why I love Lyndsay Faye’s work so much: her book The Gods of Gotham is in some ways all about language. And again, argot is another way to really transport a reader and add color to a narrative. It does make a glossary vital, however!

HANK: In true Paddy Hirsch style, you include an explainer in Hudson’s Kill, a way to make sure that readers understand the language differences. What was it like to live back then, do you think?

PADDY: I think it must have been incredibly hard to live back then – especially if you were poor, as most people were. The pace of life would have been a lot slower, of course, so that might have been a bit nicer, but staying alive to enjoy that slower pace would have been a challenge. If you didn’t die early from some disease that no-one understood, you still had to navigate a world that was cruel and unstable for those without some kind of financial cushion. There were hardly any rules governing commerce or the workplace; there were no protections for the poor; and the rule of law was capricious and wielded in favour of the rich. One mistake could tip you out of your dwelling and into the street, and if you didn’t have money to buy your way out of a problem, your life would likely become severely truncated.

HANK: In historical fiction, there is always the balance —in that you know what actually happened, and the characters don’t. How does that inform what you write, if it does?

PADDY: I think it depends on the frame you’re writing in. You always know what the timeline of events was, but how your characters react to those events and the way they interact is the most important part of a work of historical fiction, just as it is in any other novel and you have almost completed freedom there. It does mean that you can’t frame your story too tightly, of course. I try to have as accurate a frame as possible, but I keep the boundaries pretty wide and don’t hem in the characters too much. It also helps that there’s not much written about the early 1800s in New York, so I can get away with a lot more!

HANK: How does Hudson’s Kill–the experience of it, the writing of it, the research for it— color how you see financial New York now?

PADDY: I was stunned when I saw the first map for the development of New York, produced by a man named Joseph Mangin in 1801. At that time, New York hadn’t even been but as far as Canal Street. But Mangin envisaged a city that occupied the whole of the island of Manhattan, and apart from the addition of landfill and the city’s parks – including Central Park – his plan looks almost identical to the map of New York today. It’s incredible to me that politicians then had kind of foresight and courage, when it came to making long-term plans. Today politicians can’t think beyond the next election cycle, which precludes that kind of planning on a grand scale. As for financial New York, it showed me that little has changed on Wall Street. The lack of transparency in any business or civic plan inevitably results in speculation, and without any kind of check or balance, speculation can lead to individual ruin and institutional collapse. That’s an argument for simple but firm regulation in financial markets, something that was being wildly debated then, and continues to be debated today.

HANK: We always talk about how a book’s main character must change in a good novel. But how do you want your readers to change?  After they read the book’s final words, close it, and think about it?

PADDY: I’d like my writing to raise questions in people’s minds about the big themes in my books: slavery, immigration, gender equality, religious tension, financial regulation. The tension in these issues is what drives my characters, so I’d love to hear whether they make people see a side to those issues than they might not have considered before.

HANK: Do you remember how you felt about writing fiction before you started, and how you feel now? Are you… Proud of yourself? Surprised? Thrilled?

PADDY: I’m a bit stunned, to be honest. I’ve always loved fiction – everything from spy thrillers to classic murder mysteries – and I’d tried my hand at writing a novel a few times before. Those efforts were….not very good, to be honest. So I convinced myself that I’d never be able to sell anything as a novelist, and I focused on my non-fiction work. But the creative work just kept calling, like an itch I had to scratch, and eventually I quit my job to see if I could complete a manuscript and sell it. I would never have been able to do that without the support of a host of people, in particular my wife, who gave me the space and encouragement I needed, and the occasional spur. Now that my second book is going out, I feel proud and grateful and excited all at the same time. This has opened a door for me that I never thought would open, and that’s an incredible gift. Frankly, I feel more lucky than even an Irishman has any right to be!

HANK: Yes, we’re both lucky to be living the writing—and reading—life! Congratulations, Paddy, on a wonderful novel!


HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, winning 36 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Nationally bestselling author of 11 thrillers, Ryan’s also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her “a master of suspense.” Her novels are Library Journal’s Best of 2014, 2105, and 2016, and her highly-acclaimed TRUST ME was chosen for numerous prestigious Best of 2018 lists. Hank’s newest book is THE MURDER LIST. The Library Journal starred review says, “Masterly plotted—with a twisted ending—a riveting, character-driven story. A must-read.”

PADDY HIRSCH has worked in public radio at NPR and Marketplace for ten years. He came to journalism after serving for eight years as an officer in the British Royal Marines, and lives in Los Angeles. While The Devil’s Half Mile is his fiction debut, Hirsh has also written Man vs. Markets, a nonfiction book explaining economics.

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New Releases: 8/20

New Releases

Happy New Releases Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

Assassin’s Revenge by Ward Larsen

Image Placeholder of - 11On a sunny dock in Gibraltar, Slaton returns to the sailboat he shares with his wife and young son to find them missing. The only clue to their whereabouts is a cryptic message: If he wants to see them again, he must eliminate an obscure scientist working for the International Atomic Energy Agency. Slaton races to Vienna to unravel the scheme.

Half a world away, a small team of ISIS operatives arrives in North Korea. It is comprised of two suicidal jihadists, one technician, and the caliphate’s only officer with naval experience. Their mission: to reestablish the group’s relevance by undertaking a shocking strike against America.

From Europe to North Korea to the Pacific Ocean, Slaton finds himself entangled in a deadly nuclear game. Working against him are a band of suicidal terrorists, supported by a North Korean government that is about to implode. That slate of actors, however, face something even more lethal.

A devoted father and husband—one who happens to be the perfect assassin.

Inch by Inch by Morgan Llywelyn

Poster Placeholder of - 2In Inch by Inch, book two in the trilogy, the residents of Sycamore River have only just adjusted to the end of the Change. Until the morning people notice that metal starts to behave oddly.

It’s dissolving.

The world is pushed into global war, and a small band of Sycamore River survivors only have one another. They have to survive the unthinkable.

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Image Place holder  of - 82Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

The Murder List is a new standalone suspense novel in the tradition of Lisa Scottoline and B. A. Paris from award-winning author and reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan

Place holder  of - 72As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.

When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, Audrey must find proof of the conspiracy before it’s too late.

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Interview With The Murder List Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

Image Place holder  of - 96Hank Phillippi Ryan is an Emmy award winning reporter and the bestselling and award-winning author of multiple thrillers. Ahead of the upcoming release of her next novel, The Murder List, we sat down with Ryan to ask her questions about her writing process, her favorite books, and where she puts her Emmys.

What’s your favorite place to write?

The very first word of my very first book I wrote at my desk in my study at home near Boston, a strangely-shaped room with a bay window, and built-in bookshelves lining one wall and a fireplace on the other.  That’s still my fave. I can look outside at a huge sugar maple tree, almost two hundred years old, and watch the seasons change. and the birds and squirrels battle for branch position.

Since then, though, I have learned to write in hotel rooms and in coffee shops, and on airplanes—airplanes are terrific offices, with built in deadlines. Once I even wrote a pivotal suspenseful scene sitting at a picnic table at Tanglewood, while the Boston symphony rehearsed Shostakovich. But for peace and serenity and solitude, I’ll take my perfect desk.

 Do you handwrite or type?

Listen, if I wrote my books in longhand, I would never be able to read what I wrote. Never. After 43 years as a reporter, I have my own semi-short hand, but sometimes even I can’t read it.  However, confession, even though I type really really fast, I am terrible. Once the Word software put up a message on the screen saying “There are so many errors in this manuscript, Word can no longer correct them.” But that was a good thing.  When I’m typing that fast, it means I am in the zone.

What’s your favorite cure for writer’s block?

There is no writers block. Seriously. Some writing days are more difficult than others, and my cure for that is to say to myself: “Just write anything. You can fix it later.” The key is never to let your brain be tricked into believing  I can’t do it. You have to believe: “I simply haven’t thought of the answer yet. And the only way to find it is to keep going.”

Image Placeholder of - 77The best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Stephen King said the hardest part is just before you start. So I think recognizing that, you know? And simply get the show on the road. Even if it’s going to be a bad writing day, that doesn’t matter, right? I can fix it later.

What’s the book you’ve read the most?

The Stand, definitely. The Custom of the Country. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Winter’s Tale.

How did you come up with the character names for The Murder List?

Seriously, I have no idea. But funny story: Rachel North, one of the three pivotal main characters, was initially called Gianna Delaney. I loved that name, I thought it was provocative and equally possibly heroic or sinister.

But that character, Gianna Delaney, would not do anything. She was a lump, a piece of limp cooked spaghetti. When I changed her name to the more straightforward Rachel North, boom. She sat up and took charge. Jack Kirkland? His name had to be strong, with absolutely no baggage or seeming subtext. But names like Annabella Rigalosa and Danielle Zander–those came from the author gods. No idea! If I told you, “I did not make them up, it was simply their name,” that’s the closest to the truth I can get.

What’s the biggest crime you’ve ever committed?

That’s hilarious. Besides alliteration?  As an investigative reporter, I’ve wired myself with hidden cameras, and chased down criminals, and gone undercover and in disguise, but I’ve never done anything illegal illegal. Unless you count, sort of, semi-but-not-really trespassing.

I suppose my biggest crime was in college, when I told my mom I was going back to campus, but my pals and I were actually driving to New York City. I totally got away with it.

What’s the most surprising place you’ve been on book tour?

I love book tour! And I am about to set off on a fabulous one for The Murder List. Come see me! No pressure, it’s just my career.

Book tour is fabulous.  (And being a Guest of Honor at this year’s Bouchercon—that’s going to be amazing.)   I pull my little wheelie bag through the airports humming “Magical Mystery Tour”. Even at four in the morning, it’s a joy and an honor.

The most surprising place I’ve ever been… I have no idea. I never see the places I go on book tour, you know? I’m in the airport, in a car, at the event, in a car, at the hotel, at the airport. Someone once said to me, Oh you went to St. Louis, did you see the arch? And I said: Sure, out the window of a cab.

Oh! But I was graciously and hospitably welcomed at the home of a friend of book store owner in a place which will remain nameless. They had a lovely guest suite, so comfy, but sadly, the other occupant of the suite was a huge and raucous cockatoo, with no cage, who took one look at me, squawked like a demon, flew up and then proceeded to land on my head.

Where do you keep your Emmys?

You are too funny. I keep them on the built-in bookshelves in my office. There are 36 Emmys now! Can you believe it? And on those difficult writing days (see above), I look at them and say, “Well, sometimes it works.”

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in August

Your favorite Tor/Forge authors are hitting the road in August! See who’s coming to a city near you this month.

Max Gladstone, Empress of Forever

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Tuesday, August 6
Housing Works
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Arkady Martine, A Memory Called Empire

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Tuesday, August 6
Housing Works
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Mark Oshiro, Anger Is a Gift

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Wednesday, August 7
Books of Wonder
New York, NY
6:00 PM

Nathan Makaryk, Nottingham

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Tuesday, August 6
Barnes & Noble
Orange, CA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 7
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

Heather Webber, Midnight at the Blackbird Café

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Thursday, August 8
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Cincinnati, OH
7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 20
Lyn’s Gracious Goodness
Huntsville, AL
5:00 PM

Wednesday, August 21
Florence Lauderdale Public
Florence, AL
11:30 AM

Ward Larsen, Assassin’s Revenge

Tuesday, August 20
Barnes & Noble
Sarasota, FL
11:00 AM

Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Murder List

Tuesday, August 20
Brookline Booksmith
Brookline, MA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 21
RJ Julias Booksellers
Madison, CT
7:00 PM

Saturday, August 24
The Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
2:00 PM

Sunday, August 25
Book Carnival
Orange, CA
3:00 PM

Monday, August 26
Anderson’s Bookshop
La Grange, IL
7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 27
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA
6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 28
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL
6:00 PM

Thursday, August 29
Orlando Public Library
Orlando, FL
6:30 PM

Cora Carmack, Rage

Tuesday, August 27
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

Thursday, August 29
The Neverending Bookshop
Edmonds, WA
6:00 PM

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Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

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And in this cat and mouse game—the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

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