Thanks so much for having me here, Greta!
I get asked all the time how I came up with the idea for STOLEN HEAT, and my first reaction is always, “Um…I dunno,” (said in the same voice my 7-yr old uses when I ask him why he hit his brother.) I don’t think I ever really conceptualize how and why ideas come to me in my writing, I just go with them. But the repeated question has definitely made me think.
STOLEN HEAT is the sequel to STOLEN FURY, and the second book in the Stolen Trilogy. You met the hero, Peter Kauffman, in the first book. Pete is handsome, charming and successful, but he hides a lot of secrets, and from the beginning the reader knows he’s not entirely on the up and up. When I first wrote Pete in FURY, I knew he was a character with a past and a story to tell, and even before STOLEN FURY sold, I knew I wanted to write his story. But what would it be? And where would it take place?
I’ve always been fascinated with ancient cultures. Part of what I love about writing is it has given me the opportunity to focus in on topics that interest me – sciences like archaeology and Egyptology, history around the world, current events, new discoveries. One area of history I’ve always been enamored by is that of ancient Egypt. And so when I realized Pete had this troubled and emotionally heartbreaking back story, I knew I wanted it to have something to do with Egypt. He’s an antiquities dealer. It made sense he would have traveled around the world, that he could have spent time in Egypt, that something there probably changed his life forever.
For me, the fun of writing is getting to learn all about things I want to know. That’s really the fun in reading, too, isn’t it? I love when I pick up a book and not only find a great story, but learn a little something along the way. When I decided to set part of this book in Egypt, I devoured information right and left. I never see research as a burden, but something to enrich a story. 90% of the information authors research never gets into their books, but it’s that knowledge that makes a story more real and transports the reader into the time and setting.
Have I been to Egypt? That’s a question that keeps popping up for me. Nora Roberts was once asked a similar question about Alaska after Northern Lights was published a few years ago. Her response was, “Not physically. But why would I need to go there now? I’ve already been there in my mind.” I read that book, and I can honestly say I’d never have known she hadn’t been to Alaska had I not heard that interview. The setting of Northern Lights came to life for me, and I felt like I was there with the characters. As a writer, Nora did her job of transporting the reader into the world of the story, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s all that truly matters.
There are lots of places I’d like to see, lots of jobs I’d like to experience. If I stuck to writing only what I know and not what I want to know, I wouldn’t have much to write about. STOLEN HEAT is a story that takes the reader to a different continent, a different culture, a different way of life. It’s a book that taught me a lot – not only about history and location, but about governments and terrorist organizations and…well, second chances. I hope those of you who pick up STOLEN HEAT are not only entertained, but learn a little something new, even if that something is as simple as the temperature in Cairo in the spring.
Thanks again for having me here today, Greta. One lucky commenter today will have the choice of either an autographed copy of STOLEN FURY or STOLEN HEAT. So leave me a comment and tell me…What’s the last book you read where you were not only entertained, but learned something you didn’t know before?
Blurb for STOLEN HEAT:
Book Two in the Stolen Trilogy
Available: August 2009
His past tore them apart. Her lies thrust them back together. Now a killer’s out for revenge, but the biggest threat for both may just be the heat they thought they’d already lost…
Antiquities dealer Peter Kauffman walked a fine line between clean and corrupt for years. And then he met the woman who changed his life—Egyptologist Katherine Meyer. Their love affair burned white-hot in Egypt, until the day Pete’s lies and half-truths caught up with him. After that, their relationship imploded, Kat walked out, and before Pete could find her to make things right, he heard she’d died in a car bomb.
Six years later, the woman Pete thought he’d lost for good is suddenly back. The lies this time aren’t just his, though. The only way he and Kat will find the truth and evade a killer out for revenge is to work together—as long as they don’t find themselves burned by the heat each thought was stolen long ago…
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