03-13-2009 01:09 PM
Happy Friday, Center Stage visitors! I hope all of you have had a good week and are looking forward to relaxing weekends.
I wanted to remind everyone that today is the last day of Linda Fairstein's visit. Get your comments and questions in for her now! We've been a little slow this week, which I attribute to a) my absence; apologies, as I've been traveling and having a lot of connection problems and b) all of you reading Lethal Legacy and turning pages too quickly to have time to post!
I'm sure if we get a few comments going today that Linda will answer them. I want to thank everyone for stopping by, but mostly thank Linda for her time and generosity in being here on Center Stage.
03-14-2009 11:45 AM
Hi Linda, it's me again. Speaking of Alex and Mike I feel the same way as I'm sure most of your readers do, in fact I even mentioned it on my review of the book on B&N. So now that the cat's out of the bag I really can't wait for the next one!!Message Edited by dhaupt on 03-12-2009 12:21 PM
The 'next one' is still untitled....but I'll get to that soon....thanks for letting the cat the rest of the way out of the bag, Debbie. Gives me an incentive to get back to the keyboard.
03-14-2009 11:52 AM
It is so nice to get the chance to just say You Are Fantastic!! There are few writers that I collect and get excited over when I learn they have a new book coming out, and you are definately one of them. Your books are so unique and filled with wonderful locales and landmarks and strange histories that surround NYC - it just gives the the city a different feel than many other books and shows that are set in NY. The first one I read was The Dead-House and you hooked me like no other writer; the creepy hospital is the perfect backdrop for a murder. WONDERFUL. I had two questions, one of which someone else probably already asked. Do you have a title and plot location for your next book?? Are you going to try to do more than one book a year, like other crime writers? And finally, do you have any desire to tackle a True Crime book??
The only other thing I wonder is, are you a fan of old radio shows; like THE SHADOW or SUSPENSE?? Just curious, i love them and find it fascinating when modern crime writers enjoy the old dramatic radio programs.
Keep writing the Alex Cooper thrillers, they are the best!!
Hi, Donald - I love your enthusiasm, and thanks for being so generous. My first book - SEXUAL VIOLENCE, was non-fiction. And I've done a lot of legal commentary on true crime cases. I have every intention of getting back to true crime before too long.
So Coop's next caper is focused on all the political scandal and intrigue that dominated NYC headlines during the last two years - irrestistible. The historic locales in the city include City Hall- built in 1802 - quite magnificent, and the only city hall built at that time and still used for its original purpose. But the real mystery involves the only three Federal-periold wooden mansions still standing in Manhattan - they all have a political history, and some scandal. Each one is beautifully restored - and empty- so imagine the uses I can put them too. They are Gracie Mansion - the official mayor's residence (although our last few mayors haven't lived there....so bad things could happen at night) - built on one of the most historic military sites on the island (of course Chapman knows all about that)....by Archibald Gracie, a merchant who was very involved in politics. The other two are Hamilton Grange - the home of Alexander Hamilton; and the Jumel Mansion -(exquisite) - in Harlem Heights, and the widow Jumel was married to Aaron Burr. Gracie, Hamilton and Burr were all actually involved in a murder case in 1799...so stay tuned, political intrigue past and present.
And at the moment, with a wonderfully extended family life and loads of loyal friends, my one book a year schedule is quite sufficient. Thanks for asking.
I love some of the old radio shows - like THE SHADOW....especially love to listen to them late at night, in the dark. Kind of spooky and fun. Best to you.
03-14-2009 11:56 AM
I am honored that you took the time to reply to my post. I was actually a school librarian so pushing books on students was a great time. Especially when things finally clicked with them and you couldn't keep them supplied in the books that they wanted. I was able to get several of my students hooked on your books. This means everytime the students knew you had one coming out I would have to make a trip to the bookstore to purchase a few copies so they wouldn't have to wait for me to order through the appropriate channels. It was fun just to see them excited about reading.
My most beloved librarian was the elementary school librarian - Miss Shorey. She was so able to instill her love for books in those of us young readers with whom she connected. I think of her all the time, especially because she took me from childhood reads to the adolescent classics. The library itself was especially attractive - long reading tables and leaded windown and her desk in the center with our reading lists - and a wonderfully comfy green leather wing chair that they best reader of the week was allowed to sit in on Friday afternoons. How my best friend and I fought for that honor! I am so grateful to librarians - a very special place in my heart.
03-14-2009 06:44 PM
I have ordered your new book, due to the fact that the feedback has been
so positive. Also I have read about your past accomplishments, education and
community involvement to impress me enough to see what I have been missing!
My question: I work in the Superior Court, 15 years now, I have always wanted
to write a book about my experiences surrounding this area. My friends have even
suggested it over the years. Where & how do I begin?