Interview with Author April Henry

Today Author Lis Wiehl/April Henry visits to talk about her new release. Exciting stuff!

About the book

Cover of Hand of Fate by Lis WiehlWhen the host of a popular radio talk show is murdered, the suspects almost outnumber his millions of listeners.
Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate dies he opens a package and releases poisonous gas while his polarizing show, The Hand of Fate, is on air.
In the ensuing panic, police evacuate downtown Portland. Soon the triple threat of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, crime reporter Cassidy Shaw and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce begin piecing together the madness, motive, and the mystery that lie behind Fate’s murder.

While Lis has worked with Bill O’Reilly for years (often serving as the voice of reason or his liberal foil, depending on your point of view), the character is NO WAY based on O’Reilly.

This is the second in the Triple Threat mystery series, which has been optioned for TV. The first, Hand of Fate, one was on the New York Times bestseller list for four weeks! And in April 2011, readers can look for Heart of Ice, which traces the path of a destruction left by a sociopath– and based on a real-life case Lis prosecuted.

About the authors

April Henry grew up in a little town in Southern Oregon where the main industries were timber and pears. When she was was 12, she sent Roald Dahl a short story she had written about a six-foot-tall frog named Herman who loved peanut butter. He not only wrote her back– he showed it to the editor of an international children’s author, who asked to publish it.

Since then, April has written nearly a dozen mysteries and thrillers for adults and teens, with seven more on the way. Look for her young adult thriller– Girl, Stolen— in October 2010.

Lis Wiehl is a former federal prosecutor who is now a legal analyst for FOX-TV.

What they’re saying

Exciting… readers will identify with these very real women as they try to uncover Fate’s killer, and each battles a personal demon—Allison her fear of miscarriage, Nic her fear of her daughter’s criminal father, and Cassidy her prescription drug addiction.
–Publishers Weekly

The second book by Wiehl and Henry featuring the Triple Threat Club ratchets up the excitement and suspense to another level. Realistic characters with authentic dilemmas will appeal to a wide array of mystery lovers.”
–Romantic Times, four stars

More Information

Buy the Book from Amazon

Visit April’s website

Check out April’s blog.

The Interview

Tell me a little bit about the book
Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate is murdered when poisonous gas fills his studio. In the ensuing panic, police evacuate downtown Portland. The triple threat of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, crime reporter Cassidy Shaw and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce is on the case– but far too many people would have liked to have seen Jim dead.

If your protagonist were to wake up one day with a super power, what would that super power be? Alternatively (or both!) if your protagonist were to wake up one day with an intense craving for something, what would the craving be?
Allison would want to be able to always know the truth. Nicole would want to see into people’s hearts. And Cassidy would like to be able to get the scoop on every story.

Would your villain (or antagonist) prefer to be Emperor Ming The Merciless or Darth Vader? Why?
I’m leaning toward Darth Vader– faceless and menacing.

What do you consider the heart of your story? That is, what is the issue or emotion that propels things forward? Spill your guts on this one.
Betrayal. I don’t want to say too much, not when it’s a mystery.

If you were in charge of casting the movie adaptation of your book, who gets the call?

We could cast against type and have George Clooney play the talk show host. In which case, I would get to play Cassidy, the TV reporter, who has a bit of a liaison with him. Evangeline Lilly could play Allison– she’s got the righteousness and the right hair. Taraji Henson could play Nicole.

Do you have a sample chapter posted?
Read a PDF sample chapter

Tell us why your editor is the best editor ever in the universe.

Ami makes us work hard– but every suggestion she makes or problem she points out is absolutely right. Sometimes she challenges us, but the end result is always so much better.

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