Today’s guest is author, Harlow Coban. Your book, Life in Death, is full of suspense, Harlow. Why did you choose to write mysteries?
I grew up watching Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, Matlock, and Murder She Wrote, so I gained an early appreciation for this genre. I loved figuring out who-did-it.
I really enjoyed all of those shows. Just when I thought I had the character figured out, he or she did something that surprised me. Have you ever battled with any of your characters over their personality traits? If so, who won – you or the character?
Hahahahaha!!! This is a good one. Actually, my editor won. I wrote a scene where my protagonist took off her black silk panties and left them in her ex-husband’s bed for his fiancé to find. My editor made me re-write the scene because she didn’t think readers would “like” my protagonist very much if she did that.
I’m going to do something a little different today, Harlow. I call it Quick Draw. I’ll shoot some questions at you and you give me the first answer that comes to mind. Ready?
Fave Romance book to read over and over again? Any Johanna Lindsey book
Right now I’m reading: The Bone Thief by Jefferson Bass
Fave type of hero? Special Agent Madeline Hightower from The Mentalist. I wish they’d bring her back!
Fave Quote? The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand
Fave food? Spaghetti
Fave candy bar? Snickers
Fave flower? Rose
Fave gemstone? Garnett
Fave day of the week? Friday
Fave time of day to write? 9 p.m.
Fave season? Fall
Fave holiday? Halloween
Fave color? Black
Fave animal? Dog
Fave hobby? Zumba
Fave song? Party by Beyonce
Fave TV show? The Housewives of Atlanta
Fave movie? Pride & Prejudice (1995)
Fave author? None
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Cake or pie? Cake
Plot or not? Plot
Plane or Train Plane
Run or walk? Run
Indoors or outdoors? Indoors
Vampire or shifter? Vampire
When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?
When homicide detective Rance Nicolet meets Kari, his attraction to her is powerful—and the feeling is mutual. But things between them go terribly wrong when Kari’s old lover is found murdered with a letter from her in his pocket. The evidence against Kari is damning. Rance’s personal and professional lives collide. Does he blindly believe the woman he’s falling in love with or follow the evidence no matter where it leads?
“Frost. Call on line one.” The voice boomed overhead and interrupted Scott Frost mid-climb. He jumped off his truck, pushed up the sleeves on his dingy green work shirt and walked to the phone mounted on the wall, his face a scowl of irritation.
He grabbed the receiver. “Hello.”
“They found Patience,” his wife, Andrea, whispered.
Mammoth garbage trucks rumbled and shook the walls as they rolled out into the street for the day’s work, their giant bellies hungry for trash. Scott strained to hear his wife over the noise.
“I told you never to call me here.”
“Do you know what they did to her?” Her voice rose an octave.
“Hold it together.” He clenched his fist and resisted the impulse to smash it through the wall. “She’s the one who ran off.”
“She didn’t deserve that. Nobody deserves that.”
The phone slipped a bit in his sweaty hand. Tolerance had never been one of Scott’s virtues, and what little he did have waned with each whiny word his wife uttered. “It’ll all be over soon, you know that.”
“They won’t let us out.”
He gnashed his teeth together until the noise in his head drowned out the roar of garbage trucks. The pumping of his heart escalated and Scott imagined he could feel his blood pressure rising.
“Damn it, Andrea, take a valium. These people are dangerous. They’ll kill us if we flake out.”
Author Harlow Coban was born in Kansas City, MO, but grew up in Denver, CO. She relocated to North Carolina five years ago with her husband, two dogs, and 16-year old twins. She spends her free time writing, dancing, traveling and defending mailboxes from her 16-year-old twins’ driving. In keeping with her commitment to improving the lives of children, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in her home state of North Carolina.