HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: How many authors are on your must-read list? We reds dare to wager that Faye Kellerman is one of them! Her newest book, THE THEORY OF DEATH is out right now—and here, by the numbers, are three fabulous things. One: a brief but insightful interview sent to us by Kaye herself!]
Two: Faye will be there throughout the day answering your questions! YAY!
And if you needed more? She’s giving away TWO books! So leave a comment and you are entered. Whoo hoo. Thank you, Faye!)
So since the book is THE THEORY OF DEATH and has a big math theme—lets talk numbers! How did you do in math? And do you feel the same way now?
*What's your writing routine like?
I usually write in the morning and early afternoon but I can write anytime. I I find that I've usually finished up in 3 to 4 hours. It's never a perfect first draft but I have something on paper that I can edit the next morning.
*You've written over 25 books about Decker and Lazarus, how do you find new ideas for the series and what's been the most challenging part of writing these characters over the year?
I try to keep the characters fresh by putting them in novel situations and seeing how the react. It is challenging because you've used up a number of plot ideas and words and phrases. But life is long and things come to me. I'll tell you one thing. You can't write stranger than life. There is a world of weird things out there!
*How much research was involved in THE THEORY OF DEATH?
I was a math major so I really enjoyed this book. The challenge was to find the right math to fit the plot and then make it accessible I hope I did that. And I hope I wasn't too far gone with my theories.
*What can fans look forward to in your latest release?
It's coming out October 27th. My granddaughter's birthday. We're doing a mini tour in Cherry Hill, NJ, St. Louis and Atlanta as well as a couple of stops in Orange County. I hope to see and meet some of the fans.
*What’s next for you?
I'm working on the next Decker/Rina novel for release in 2016 and also a stand alone novel that I hope to get out in 2016 or 2017. Lots of books: so little time.
HANK: Wow. What a schedule! So hey, Reds—let’s hear about your math days. (Or daze..…) And what would you like to ask the fabulous Faye?
THE THEORY OF DEATH
Now living in upstate New York, former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is plunged into a bizarre web involving academia, underworld crime, and calculating killers in this compulsive novel in New York Timesbestselling author Faye Kellerman’s beloved Decker and Lazarus series.
Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it’s been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York town.
Then the body of a nude man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker’s peace. The death appears to be a suicide—a single shot to the head, the gun by his side. But until the coroner’s ruling, the scene must be treated as a suspicious crime. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity, a task made difficult by the department’s tight budget and limited personnel. Luckily, Decker gets some unexpected help when his friend and former Greenbury colleague Tyler McAdams calls, looking for a quiet place to study for his law finals.
The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. Beneath the school’s rarified atmosphere they discover a sphere of scheming academics, hidden cyphers—and most dangerous of all—a realm of underworld crime that transforms harmless nerds into cold, calculating evil geniuses. It will take all of Decker’s experience and McAdams’s brains to penetrate enigmatic formulas and codes and solve a dark, twisted crime devised by some brilliant and depraved masterminds.
Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.