Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cynthia Riggs

1 - What's your latest?

Cynthia Riggs: TOUCH-ME-NOT (the release date was 17 August 2010, St. Martin's Minotaur).

2 - Assuming I haven't read it, why should I?

Cynthia Riggs: Read it for pure escape. The book deals with a video stalker and a group of mathematical knitters who are constructing a quilt (Mobius strip kelp and Klein bottle brain coral) to draw attention to global warming. It's set on Martha's Vineyard, so if you know the Island it will be fun to revisit it, if you don't know the Island, you'll learn a bit about it from a native.

3 - What can you tell us about your main character that you hadn't realized until you answered the question?

Cynthia Riggs: Victoria Trumbull, my 92-year-old poet-sleuth, was able to convince an overly caring 60-year-old daughter that her daughter still needed her mother's protection, not the other way around.

4 - What's your favorite scene and why?

Cynthia Riggs: Favorite scene? That's like having a favorite child. One scene I like is one night after LeRoy Watts, the electrician, is walking on the beach to cool off after a serious argument with his wife, he returns to his car to find a police officer. Sure the cop is there to arrest him for killing his wife, LeRoy learns he's been given a parking ticket on a deserted road at midnight because he parked the wrong way, facing the non-existent traffic.

5 - What's next?

Cynthia Riggs: The next book is THE BEE BALM MURDERS, an attempt on my part to combine the art and science of beekeeping with the Island-wide installation of an underground fiber optics cable.

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