Coming at you folks today with another author interview! This one is particularly impressive, because these two have been writing together for a while, and somehow still like each other! Or, at least, I find it impressive. Enjoy!
No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support.
Jane’s discovery of the deadbeat dads hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous.
Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.
Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks have been collaborating on books for forty-six years. Their first joint effort was a student project while Anne was at Bryn Mawr College and Ken attended Haverford. Since then, they have written over twenty books together. They are members of International Thriller Writers. They live and work in New York City, where many of their books are set.
Their Jane Larson series of mystery/thrillers involves a high-powered New York City attorney with a penchant for getting involved in situations that she would be better off leaving alone. These novels have been praised by reviewers for their gritty portrayals of city life, lively characters, fast action, surprise endings and highly polished prose. Jane is cynical and rebellious, but she finds herself drawn to the simple life her deceased mother lived as an attorney who served women unable to afford legal services. The series includes Weave A Murderous Web, Praise Her, Praise Diana, and Mind Me, Milady.
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Let’s start with a get-to-know-you question: What are three random things about you?
We both love to travel and explore ancient ruins and civilizations. In the past few years we have been to Turkey, Egypt, England, France and Italy.
Anne is a frequent practitioner of yoga.
Ken enjoys taking photographs and posting them on Twitter and Facebook.
Because music is a huge part of this blog, I have to ask: What are you favourite singers/bands?
We both love to listen to Joan Baez, especially when she is singing songs by Bob Dylan.
When did you start writing?
We started writing together in college. Anne was a student at Bryn Mawr and Ken at Haverford and they had a course together which involved the writing of a book for children. As much as we enjoyed writing it, the book still resides in our closet.
Are there any authors you particularly admire or who inspire you to write?
We both love Charles Dickens and Kurt Vonnegut. Anne also has enjoyed Charlotte Bronte. Ken admires William Faulkner.
What made you want to collaborate on the books you write? Is it difficult?
We have been collaborating for a long time, and the process seems natural to us now. The benefit is having immediate feedback on your writing. Writers often complain of the sense of isolation they feel while working on a book, which we never have.
So Weave A Murderous Web, what can you tell us about it?
Jane Larson is a lawyer who works for a big firm doing commercial litigation for major clients and gets drawn into a dangerous situation when she does a favour for a friend by taking on a divorce matter in New York State Court. After Jane discovers the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets, she also unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder. Soon, Jane is involved in a high-stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch a murderer before she becomes his next victim.
What inspired you to write this book?
We enjoy writing books with strong female main characters. Jane Larson is also the main character in two other books—Praise Her, Praise Diana and Mind Me, Milady.
What made you choose to set this book in New York?
We have lived in New York City since 1973, and we know it very well by this point. Ken is also familiar with the law and courts of New York State.
Does writing a mystery such as this require a lot of research?
Since Ken has worked as a lawyer for many years, there was not a lot of additional research that had to be done to write this book. Also, there was no need to research the settings, since it takes place in areas of the city that we know very well.
What do you hope readers get out of your books?
With the jane Larson series, our biggest goal is to write a good mystery, but all of these books involve another message as well. In Weave, we hope that the reader begins to sympathize with Jane as she discovers that she enjoys doing law to help people and not merely to make money and also begins to question whether she wants to continue working at a big firm.
Was there any music in particular that you listened to when you were writing this book?
Sorry. We both work in silence (except for the voices in our heads).
Where can interested readers find out more about this book?
We have a blog at www.randh71productions.com/blog which containes many reviews of out novels as well as other posts concerning matters of interest to us. Readers can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kenneth-Hicks-and-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-622272714477979/.
Any final thoughts you want to share?
Jane Larson is now a series of three books. Chronologically, they are Weave A Murderous Web, Mind Me, Milady, and Praise her, Praise Diana. We are working on a fourth Jane Larson mystery at the moment.