Today, April Henry visits the blog and is interviewed by yours truely! Yay! Her release Face of Betrayal sounds right up my alley. I love stories like this. Here we go…
About the book – Face of Betrayal
When 17-year-old Senate page Katie Converse goes missing on her Christmas break near her parents’ white Victorian home in Portland, Ore., law enforcement and the media go into overdrive in a search for clues. Three friends at the pinnacle of their respective careers–Allison Pierce, a federal prosecutor; Cassidy Shaw, a crime reporter; and Nicole Hedges, an FBI special agent–soon discover that Katie wasn’t the picture of innocence painted by her parents. Did Katie run away to escape their stifling demands? Was she having an affair with the senator who sponsored her as a page? Has she been kidnapped? Is she the victim of a serial killer?
About the authors
April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. April had one detour on her path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine.
By the time she was in her 30s, April had come to terms with her childhood and started writing about hit men, drug dealers, and serial killers. She has published six mysteries and thrillers, with five more under contract. Her books have gotten starred
reviews, been on Booksense (twice!), translated into four languages, short-listed for the Oregon Book Award, and chosen as a Quick Pick by the American Library Association.
April co-wrote Face of Betrayal with Lis Wiehl, a legal analyst on FOX. They have a contract for three more Triple Threat mysteries.
In March, April’s young adult thriller, Torched, came out from Putnam.
What others are saying
"A sizzling political thriller. . . The seamless plot offers a plethora of twists and turns."
4.5 stars [and they don’t give out five stars] "Wiehl and Henry have penned a winner that seems to come straight from the headlines. Captivating suspense, coupled with tightly written prose, will entertain and intrigue."
"Readers are in for a treat as trial lawyer/commentator Lis Wiehl and mystery author April Henry team up for a political thriller."
Find out More!
Q: Tell me a little bit about the book (Back cover blurb is fine)
A: My latest book, Face of Betrayal, was co-written with FOX legal analyst Lis Wiehl. It publishes April 7 from Thomas Nelson. In it, three women who fight crime are also friends. Allison Pierce is a federal prosecutor, Cassidy Shaw is a TV crime reporter, and Nicole Hedges is a FBI agent. The book begins when a 17-year-old Senate page goes missing when she’s home on Christmas break. The prime suspect is the senator who sponsored her – and who might have been having an affair with her.
Q: If your protagonist were to wake up one day with a super power, what would that super power be?
A: We have three protagonists. Allison would like to always know the truth. Cassidy would like to look great all the time without having to make any effort. And Nicole would like a guarantee that her daughter will always be safe.
Q: Would your villain (or antagonist) prefer to be Emperor Ming The Merciless or Darth Vader? Why? (If you’ve never watched Flash Gordon,feel free to Google or substitute the villain of your choice.)
A: Voldemort. All that power !
Q: If you were in charge of casting the movie adaptation of your book, who gets the call?
A: Kristen Stewart to play Katie, Jennifer Garner to play Allison, Thandie Newton to play Nicole, and Cameron Diaz to play Cassidy.
Q: Is there a scene you cut from the book that you kind of wish you could put back in?
A: The editor was worried that the book was too downbeat. So we moved a major life moment for one of the characters into the second book. It was a great solution, because we got to save the scene, which I loved, and also not make the first book too heavy.
Q: Do you have a sample chapter posted?
A: Read Chapter 1
Q: Tell us why your editor is the best editor ever in the universe.
A: She is full of praise. I have worked with editors who are blunt and sarcastic. I tell you, it’s lot easier to work with one who sandwiches her criticism between sincere praise. And she gets the books. She gently points out areas that need to be stronger, and has suggestions for how to approach the problem.