Ahhh. Second novels. What lovely thing. This week we’re doing something a little different here in Murderati land. My friend and fellow Killer Year crew member, Gregg Olsen, celebrates the release of his second novel, A COLD DARK PLACE. Taking place in the Pacific Northwest, A COLD DARK PLACE focuses
on cop Emily Kenyon, a single mother whose teenage daughter, Jenna,
becomes entangled in her current investigation. A family is murdered
and the teenage son disappears. Jenna knows the boy and wants to help
him. Emily finds herself investigating a murder and struggling to keep
her daughter safe from a killer.
To help Gregg celebrate, I’m taking part in what he’s calling a "progressive" interview. Many of you have linked here from Karen Olson’s post over at First Offenders and once Gregg is done answering my question, I’ll be sending you over to another site for another question. Make sense?
Here’s my question to Gregg:
I love the title, A COLD DARK PLACE, which strikes me as a state of mind more than anything else. I think everyone has a cold, dark place. What’s yours?
"I’ve never been diagnosed, but I’m sure my family would say there’s a touch of the oh-so-chic bi-polar lurking somewhere inside my psyche. I think that’s true of so many writers, artists, and Wal-Mart greeters, don’t you? I wonder how many other writers out there share my feeling of hope, then despair, over and over on a loop that drives everyone around you just a little crazy, too?
Most of the things that see-saw my state of mind deal with elements beyond my control and most of them, oddly, deal with the business of publishing. How many books were printed? Shipped? Was there any promotion? How much? Being a success in terms of sales has more to do with those furthest from the creative endeavor. That drives me UP AND DOWN. What about you?"
Thanks, Gregg. My own cold, dark place is actually reflected in the recurring theme throughout my work, which is the fear of losing a loved one, particularly my children. I think every parent has that fear, but I feel it pretty deeply sometimes, so deep, apparently, that I feel the need to write about it a lot.
Now, before you shoot over to Laura James’s blog, why don’t you in the peanut gallery tell me what YOUR cold, dark place is?