It's that time again! Thanks to everyone who helped us kick off the blog feature last week. If you missed last week's highlight, you can check it out here.
Today Brian Freeman, author of the Jonathan Stride series, took time out from his SPILLED BLOOD book tour and his wife's birthday - Happy Birthday, Marcia - to be our spotlight author today on Five on Friday. About this time last year, I reviewed Brian's book THE BONE HOUSE and you can check that out here if you'd like. But for those who came for the party, let's get it started!
The questions Brian chose to answer:
|Brian in front of the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg|
1. A place I’ve never visited but would like to is: Australia. I hear from readers in Australia all the time who love my books, and they’re always inviting me down there. They’re just so darn friendly. Sounds like a great chance to laugh, drink wine, eat great food, and see some amazing scenery. But sorry, you won’t catch me climbing the Sydney bridge. Like Jonathan Stride, I might go off the edge.
2. When I’m reading a book, I absolutely hate it when a writer gets between me and the story (or me and the characters). Sometimes you can feel great writers sitting by your side, poking you in the ribs, saying, “Wasn’t that a great paragraph? Huh? Can I write or what?” No, sorry, if it’s not moving the book forward, take it out. Sometimes we have to be ruthless with ourselves.
3. Happiness is: a wife of twenty-eight years (as of June 16) and three cats. Doesn’t get better than that.
4. The fictional character that most reflects my personality is: Well, Jonathan Stride, of course. Who else? He’s determined, he’s a fixer (even of things that can’t be fixed), and he has an uncanny knack for screwing up his life from time to time. I can relate.
And the number one thing on Brian's bucket list: to see one of my books up on the big screen. Okay, not much I can do about that myself. Among things I can control, I guess I hope to have a little place on a lake in a warm state someday. (I’m in Minnesota, so note the adjective “warm.”)
I'm hoping for that warm state one of these days, too! Many thanks to Brian for his great answers. And safe travels on the book tour this year, Brian.
I hope you all have a great weekend filled with some great crime fiction. Happy Reading!