E-Mail Solutiond are still under advisement, THANK YOU so much for the helpful input so far. So, g-mail, huh? HOWEVER we go, I will have it fixed by next week. I hope. Probably.
My furniture is still not here. GAHHHH. TAPTAPTAP go my toes, and I am not dancing. The delivery guy has called twice, two hours apart, to say he is coming to my house next. What he didnâ€™t say was that the house he had to go to FIRST was actually a cave in the Alps --- some Yeti or â€˜nother needed a Chaise Lounge. APPARENTLY HE HAS A LITTLE BIT OF A DRIVE TO GET BACK HERE.
While I pace and stare out the window, let Colleen Thompson tell you the impetus behind her latest novel, THE SALT MAIDEN.
Colleen: Some novels begin with a character, others start with a what-if question or a situation, but my sixth romantic thriller was inspired by a place I visited a few years back, a sunburned, sand-scoured desert community in the dead center of the least populated county in the U.S. With water too briny for human consumption and land too to support any but the hardiest of desert plants, itâ€™s an eerily daunting landscape, one that made me wonder, What on earth would bring a person out here?
Apparently my subconscious took it as a challenge, and came up with a Houston veterinarian, Dana Vanover, in search of her troubled missing sister, the birth mother of a child in desperate need of a bone-marrow transplant. In spite of her ambivalence about her sister, Dana braves heat, rattlesnakes, and hostile locals â€” as well as her attraction to the handsome sheriff who wants her goneâ€¦
"Poetic use of language, intricate plotting and a wealth of fascinating details make Thompson's latest novel a masterful work of suspense. Readers will come for the action and stay for the three-dimensional characters and well-crafted narrative. This is a fabulous read!" Romantic Times BOOKreviews Top Pick, 2007 Reviewers Choice Nominee, Best Romantic Suspense
JJ: What do you think of your cover and how does it compare to the cover you imagined when you were writing the book?
CT: My editor and I brainstormed a cover art idea for THE SALT MAIDEN. We discussed the harsh, desolate setting, a cave that's important in the story, and the motif of dangerous, desert-dwelling creatures woven throughout. I suggested a desert scene with a rattlesnake, scorpion, or preferably a black widow spider in the corner. The final artwork is a desert viewed from the inside of a cave, through a web containing a big, black spider. It's perfect for the story, even better than I envisioned, and book buyers and readers have responded favorably. Except for an arachnophobe or two!
JJ: As a Southern writer, I think everything is about locationlocationlocation. How did living in Arizona and Texas influence your work?
CT: Living in Southern Arizona taught me to appreciate the desert's stark, sometimes dangerous beauty. I spent some time there backpacking and came to appreciate the lengths to which the desert's plants and animals must go to ensure their survival. It's a hostile place to humans, yet it still draws people. The desert regions of West Texas I've found equally fascinating. The barren landscape serves as a metaphor for the most desolate stretches of a character's life and the lengths to which he/she must go to survive them. Those stories I've set in the desert, such as THE SALT MAIDEN and FATAL ERROR could take place nowhere else. Or if they did, they'd suffer a real loss of resonance.
JJ: What writers influenced your work and how and why?
CT: I've been influenced by a number of writers: Dennis Lehane, who incorporates setting so brilliantly that it seems like a character in his books; Frank Herbert, a world-builder of the first order, and Michael Connelly, whose plotting and characterization leave me in absolute awe. I'm also a big fan of Larry McMurtry, who "gets" Texas, past and present, like no one else. I'd be honored to someday be mentioned in the same breath with any of these talented authors.