The story in Guilt by Association bears no resemblance to the stories in the earlier books (which are now ashes in a bin somewhere).
I understand you have a two book deal. Can you talk about what the second book will be about?
In the second book, there are two murders committed two years apart – one of a beloved police officer, one of a homeless man. I introduce a new character – a villain, who plays a major role, and will be a recurring character. And I delve more deeply into Rachel’s childhood, the traumatic event that gave rise to many of her current issues as an adult.
What's the biggest mistaken stereotype about you and about your work?
I’m not sure I know what my stereotype is, but I do know that when people meet me, they’re always surprised that I laugh a lot, that I can be a total goofball. I’d guess that’s because the people who only saw me during the trial saw me in a state of mind that was pretty grim. And I was pretty grim. There wasn’t a whole lot to joke about. But that was only one side of me – and even that side was shown under very unique circumstances.
What do you think the legal dramas, like the Law and Orders?
I thought Law and Order – the original – was the best of them in terms of being accurate. That show gave a fairly realistic sense of how cases get put together and what happens in trial.
Lastly, this is what I call my bonus question: What question were you hoping I'd ask that I didn't? Here's your chance to ask and answer it.
Have you lost weight?
No answer needed.