Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FALLEN Audiobook Giveaway

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had the opportunity for a short chat with Karin Slaughter, so I'm excited to share that with you now. Here's a glimpse into the women of FALLEN:
Q: In Fallen, you have a central story about Faith and her mother Evelyn, both of whom have served as detectives. It’s fairly common in fiction to see men who follow in their father’s footsteps and join the force or even daughters who follow dad’s, but a family of female cops is quite unique. When/why did you decide to make Faith’s mother a cop as well? Also, Amanda and even Evelyn’s neighbor came up through the ranks of the force at a time when women were really trailblazing if they joined the police force. Can you talk about those times and how they shaped their characters? (I know that Criminal will delve into Amanda’s backstory, feel free to talk a little about that here if you like.)

Karin:  Women tend to pass down the job just as often as men. The thing to remember is that women on the force—particularly in Atlanta—are a fairly new thing in the world of policing. Atlanta didn’t even allow women to train in the police academy until the early seventies, which is squarely in Amanda’s generation. It’s a catch-22, because senior police officers are generally the ones who’ve been on the job for a while. That pipeline was clogged with men for a very long time, and now we are finally seeing women being promoted to top jobs. Beverly Harvard, for instance, was (as far as I know) the first female African American police chief of a major American city.

I made Faith a cop because she didn’t have a lot of options when she was in her early twenties. She had a child. She was a single mom. The police force was a steady paycheck and her mom was able to smooth the way. In my next book, Criminal, I go back to 1975, when Amanda was a police officer on the Atlanta force. We’ll find out that Amanda’s father was a cop, and that’s why she chose her vocation. We’ll also find out that Evelyn became a cop because her neighbor, Roz Levy (whom we first meet in Fallen) told her to go sign up. I’ve had a lot of fun talking to folks about Atlanta in the 70s. It was so difficult back then for female officers. Sometimes, they would roll up onto a call and the victim would laugh and ask when the real cops were going to get there. What’s been shocking was finding out that, though a lot of things have changed, for many women, it’s still the same.
Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour to learn more about Karin Slaughter and FALLEN. You can also check out her website.
The other fun part of this blog tour I have to share with you is a giveaway. The AudioGo folks provided me with SIX unabridged copies of FALLEN on audiobook.  I'm very thrilled to have the chance to share this great audio with six of you. The contest is open to folks in the U.S. and I'll ship to Canada, but folks, I have no idea when they would get there with your postal strike going on. You can still feel free to enter, though.

I will take entries through the duration of the blog tour. The final post will be July 6th, which is a Wednesday, so I'll take entries until July 8th and pick the winners on the 9th. If you have any questions, drop me an email or leave them in the comments. Many, many thanks to the folks at AudioGo for providing this generous giveaway!


Kay June 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

All I have to say is Wahoo! about CRIMINAL. I...can't...wait! And I'll try to remember to link back to your giveaway if I get my review up in time. The audio of this book is great! Trust me, anyone reading this, you want this audio.

Liz V. June 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM  

Would like to try.

My commute was so short that I never used audio books. Now's the time.

Traci June 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

There are short stories you can download as audiobooks too - good stuff and inexpensive.

bermudaonion June 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM  

I'd love to try one of Slaughter's books - thanks for the giveaway!

readerofthepack June 21, 2011 at 4:38 PM  

Love Karin Slaughter!

Anonymous June 22, 2011 at 7:26 AM  

Thanks for the opportunity to win this great audio book! I love to listen while I work in the garden, and this is definitely one I would love to hear.

jenclair June 23, 2011 at 8:40 AM  

Came first because of Kay's post, but you are on my bloglist (also through Kay). I'd love a chance for an audio book!

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