But, I was working on my fourth Samantha Kincaid novel – it’s still half-finished on my computer. I had just finished a scene and something wasn’t quite right. So I did what I always do; I went to the gym, and while I was on the treadmill, I realized that I had Samantha hailing a cab in a residential area of Portland. It’s hard enough to get a cab in downtown Portland.
[Regarding her first Ellie Hatcher novel] …I had been living in New York for a while. I was scared to write it at first; New York is so iconic. So many people know it so well, and if you get it wrong, they’ll call you on it. But, I spent a lot of time out in the city — I soaked it in.
I think the aspect of 212 that I found most fascinating was that you gave us a very complete picture of the lives of the victims. In most crime novels, the victim is more of a prop than a character. Does this treatment of the victims in your novel stem from your experiences with the realities of crime?
That’s exactly right. Even before I wrote, I loved the genre. One thing that bothered me was that in the cat-and-mouse game between the criminals and the police, the victims became pawns. Bodies became irrelevant. You might get a couple of pages about the horrible things that happened to victim number eight, but without knowing about her or the impact on the people around her.
I always try to show something about the victim, or about the impact of their deaths on the people around them. It’s my personal code, I guess.
Recently as I have been doing Internet research on authors, it has occurred to me that the line between information and stalking seems to be narrowing in our society.
But, like most authors, you have a website, Facebook page, blog, MySpace page, and Twitter account. Yet, at least two of your novels focus on Internet-related crimes. With your background in criminal law, what is your take on the intrusiveness of technology?
Yeah, it’s funny. Ironically, given how much I write about how technology can bite you in the butt, I’ve probably done some stupid things online… You have to decide how much to share; I’ve chosen to try to share some stuff to give people a clear picture of who I am.