The Big Thrill, the online magazine of the International Thriller Writers, is where I’ll be hanging out this week.
What was the lightning bolt that made you begin the first tingling brainstorming moments of RANSOM RIVER? Did you ever serve on a jury?
I’m a former lawyer. So I know how people feel about being called for jury duty: trapped. And I know that nowadays criminal courts are extremely concerned about security. They’d better be – in the 1970s, the Marin County courthouse was attacked by a gunman and four people died in a shootout, including a judge. Maybe it was a lawyer’s unconscious fear bubbling to the surface, but I wanted to write about a juror who’s literally trapped in a courtroom, held hostage by gunmen making crazed demands.
Second, from July 2-8 I’m taking part in the Thriller Roundtable — an online discussion of the question, “Which comes first, plot or character?” The other authors taking part are Joseph Amiel, Charles Martin, Michael D. Urban, Allison Leotta, Jon Land, and John Hartness. I’ll let you know when I’ve added my two cents, or poked the hornet’s nest.
And in general: Because my novel is published on Thursday, this week I’ll be talking about it at every opportunity. So be prepared.