Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded - Author interview!
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Bestselling authors Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry join rising stars like Dana Chamblee Carpenter and Paul Gail Benson in a collection that proves Music City is a deadly place to be when your song gets called.
Featuring stories by: Donald Bain, Robert Dugoni, Jefferson Bass, Mary Burton, Jonathan Stone, Steven James, Maggie Toussaint, Clay Stafford, Heywood Gould, Jaden Terrell, and more…
Every year, some of the biggest names in the thriller world converge in Tennessee for the Killer Nashville conference, an event where stars of the genre rub elbows with their most devoted fans, where the bestsellers of tomorrow pick up tricks of the trade, and where some of the best writers of today swap dark tales of good deals gone bad, rights made wrong, and murder in all shades...
This collection of new stories features some of the biggest names in suspense, from bestsellers to ferociously talented newcomers. Grouped around the classic theme of murder, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD-BLOODED is a first-class collection and a must-have for fans of the genre.
Q & A with Paula Gail Benson and Robert Dugoni authors of "A Matter of Honor"
ABOUT THE STORY -
Pride comes before a fall. Wrongful Death author Robert Dugoni (called “the best of Scott Turow and John Grisham”) teams with writer Paula Gail Benson in a tale of Southern honor as attorney Sara Ainsley Sims and agent B.A. Azevedo learn first-hand that a cold-blooded killer attacking prominent politicians in the South Carolina Statehouse will stop at nothing until a one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old grievance has been addressed.
A legislative attorney and former law librarian, Paula Gail Benson’s short stories have appeared in Kings River Life, the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Mystery Times Ten 2013 (Buddhapuss Ink), A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder (Dark Oak Press and Media), A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman (Mozark Press), and Fish or Cut Bait: a Guppy Anthology (Wildside Press). She regularly blogs with others about writing mysteries at the Stiletto Gang and Writers Who Kill. Her personal blog is Little Sources of Joy.
- Paula & Robert, what was it like to team up for the first time to write a novella? I'm sure there were interesting anecdotes.
I asked Paula because I have so much respect for her as a writer. Paula took me on a tour of the State Building when I was visiting South Carolina, including the basement and legislator's offices and we started talking about what a great location for a story. We came up with the character BA and started plotting and decided to have it play out in that building.
For me, this collaboration was a life-changing experience. Bob is an incredible teacher and friend. I still remember him saying, “What a great place for a murder,” when we toured the basement. Having the ability to work with him was like taking a personalized master class in writing.
- A law librarian and a legal thriller author - what are the pros and cons of each other's work history?
I think I'm too wordy and Paula was great using an economy of words. She was a terrific editor. She also did the legwork on the police procedure since it involves the State Capitol Police.
Bob is a terrifically intuitive and observant writer who is skilled in creating carefully-constructed story arcs and well-developed characters. Having worked as a law librarian, research is a natural for me. As a staff attorney for the SC Senate Judiciary Committee, I live by the mantra of a former chairman: “Brevity is clarity.”
- Can we hope to see more from your duo in the future?
We've talked about another BA novel but at the moment we're each pushing to get our other projects completed. Paula was such a pro, however, I'd love to work with her again.
It would be a privilege. When I was in Seattle for a conference this summer, Bob mentioned an intriguing idea for BA to encounter. I hope we can pursue it.
Thank you very much Paula and Robert!
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