Friday, July 20, 2012

Five on Friday - Karin Slaughter

It's Friday! Does everyone have fun plans for the weekend? Something great to read? I'm rather excited because on Monday I'm headed to Pittsburgh to see Francine Mathews, who is a new-to-me author this year. She's written a lot of great stuff, I understand, and my introduction to her is her new book JACK 1939. Wonderful book! Just wonderful! More on that later. If you're in the area of Mystery Lovers Bookshop on Monday you should come!

Another event I'm super excited about is Michael Koryta's launch for his new book THE PROPHET. He's going to be in Rocky River (Ohio) for that on August 7th at 7:00 p.m. So if you're in this neck of the woods...or close enough to get here, come celebrate the launch at Rocky River Public Library!

Yesterday I reviewed the audio of Karin Slaughter's new Will Trent novel, CRIMINAL. And if you didn't check that out, there's a contest where you could win a copy of the audio! Be sure to hop over there and give me a memory from learning to drive!  But as an added bonus, Karin is participating in the Five on Friday feature. She is such a funny, smart, creative woman, and I'm certain you're going to love her responses today. I mentioned yesterday that her newsletter is one of my all time favorites to see arrive in my email inbox. So, if you're night signed up, I would recommend doing so. And if you have the chance to see Karin in person, I also highly recommend that. But you don't want to hear from me anymore so here she is...consider us Slaughtered!
Karin in Frankfurt, taking a break!

The most bizarre place I ever found inspiration for a story was: in a bathroom stall at the Atlanta airport. There was a little girl and her mom in the stall next to me, and I just got this “what if…” idea, which turned into my Will Trent novella, SNATCHED.

The last book I recommended to someone was: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, because it’s a really masterful, psychotic telling of a marriage gone wrong. It’s actually made me nervous about being around Gillian. If I ever get cut with a knife, she should be on the top of the list of suspects. Actually—any crime in the Chicago area: look her up.

My biggest pet peeve is: People who are rude to other people. They blow up and it’s over for them, but the person on the receiving end has to live with their nastiness for a while. It’s like catching a cold. And it’s so easy not to be nasty. Rudeness takes work.

My favorite toppings on a pizza are: Sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and mushrooms. This make me believe that I am eating healthy. Vegetables can’t be bad!

The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: to go into sub-orbital space. (But I promised my dad I would wait until 100 people have done it in case they explode.) 

Sounds like a good plan! Karin's humor is one of the many things I love about her books and I'm glad she shared it with us a little today, too. Many thanks to my friend Jill at AudioGo who helped facilitate this with Karin's busy schedule. And since I shared a little video of Louis Bayard with you last week, I found one for Karin this week as well.

 I hope this gives you a good note to end your week on. Happy Reading, all!


Jaime July 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM  

I haven't read any of Slaughter's Grant County series, but I LOVE her Will Trent books. There is just something about him. He is way at the top of my list of favorite detectives.

Perry St Lawyer July 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM  

I like most things ATLANTA and I loved reading about ATL in Fallen. Will Trent and the Grady stories are the best. We were enthralled by the audio book last summer on the way home from the Golden Isles. I was fortunate to win the audio in a contest you sponsored! So I can't wait to read the new Karen Slaughter book.

Five on Friday is one of your best features!

I'm in the midst of Gone Girl. E-book. Not sure if I'll ever embrace this entirely. I love the look and feel of a book in my hand.

Do you ever come to ATL ?

Jen July 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM  

I've only ever driven through Atlanta and that was years ago. Although, I did have a layover at the Atlanta airport on my way to Tampa earlier this year! :-)

caite July 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM  

Gosh, I love her books! And she is one of several authors I would actually go to see, in part because she is funny and I love funny.

Di Eats the Elephant May 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM  

I just discovered Karin Slaughter in the past few months and LOVE her stuff. Criminal blew me away with the details from that time; I thought she'd lived through them and then saw that she had researched them well. I'm sorry I missed her at Bouchercon last fall. Her comments about Gillian Flynn are hilarious. I, too, gave that book to another SinC (SiCCO group) member for a book exchange of our favorite 2012 books.

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