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Inspired by a Nightmare

Lynn Carthage_9781617736292Author Lynn Carthage shares what it was like to wake up from a nightmare and write Haunted: The Arnaud Legacy, the novel that launches a new young adult series.

I couldn't get the nightmare out of my head. I kept drifting back into it, replaying opening the door of that little stone cottage and realizing it was really one wing of the enormous manor house...tricking me. Houses don't usually trick people.

I thought this might be the start of a book. I had the good fortune to write down the dream, and then riff on it. A first draft spilled out of me in a week, much of it handwritten. I worked on Haunted: The Arnaud Legacy for years, fine-tuning and changing characters, the ending, pretty much everything about it. I built a larger storyline that unfolds over three books--and now it's a trilogy. The first book launched this February; here's a brief excerpt from Chapter One:

You know you’ve done something pretty awful when your family moves because of it. Not just within San Francisco, or within California…not even within the country.

My stepdad, Steven, has a remote job, so it was no problem for him to relocate. Mom is a stay-at-home mom for Tabby; her job “traveled” too. As for me, they un-enrolled me from school just a month before my sophomore year ended.

Crazy.

When you’re a major screw-up, it helps if your stepdad has an ancestral mansion in England ready to move into. Well, not exactly ready. It’s been uninhabited for a long time and needs some serious TLC, I heard him tell Mom. He’d been trying to sell it for years. But at least it’s a place to live, and a place for me to reflect on my behavior and improve it.

My therapy would be a lot more effective if I could remember what I did.

Emerging from the tunnel of trees to the clearing where we could finally see my stepfather’s manor, I let out a moan of disillusionment. This wasn’t the crumbling but still-impressive castle surrounded by broad, grassy lawns I’d imagined back in California, with swans wafting snootily around a lily-ponded lake. Instead, it was a grim, stonewalled prison with the grounds so overgrown they were nearly impenetrable.

I had allowed myself to become interested, had thought there was a lovely poetry to the phrase, “ancestral mansion in England.” But nothing could quell the immediate sense of grinding apprehension the manor gave me. Nothing about it felt right.

As we drove up into its shadow, the manor leaned down over us to look. More than idly curious, it practically rubbed its leathern hands together in glee. Visitors, at last

Guest Post by Iris & Roy Johansen, Authors of "The Naked Eye"

Iris_Roy(2)Iris and Roy Johansen, New York Times bestselling authors of The Naked Eye, shares their thoughts on writing together and their top five suspense novels.

Iris:  It’s much different to collaborate than it is to write one of my solo books, but it helps to have a writing partner that I respect. Roy isn’t just my son; he’s an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer in his own right.  We spend a lot of time talking about the story and characters before a single word is put down on paper. Then we take turns writing chunks of the book, perhaps 70 or 80 pages at a time.  While we know the general direction we’re heading, there’s still a lot of room for improvisation along the way.  We’re constantly trying to surprise each other, which I think translates to the books being fun and surprising to the reader.

Roy: It’s an invigorating process. We each spent over twenty years as professional writers before trying our hand at collaborating, so it’s been a creative jolt to suddenly explore this new way of working. I’m always excited to get a stack of pages and invariably find myself engrossed in what my mother has written for our characters… until I get to the end, when I desperately want to read what’s next.  Of course, I then realize I have to write what’s next…

Iris: We’ve been thrilled to see how our Kendra Michaels character has caught on. Kendra was born blind, so when we she got her sight at the age of twenty, her other senses were already highly developed to compensate. Couple that with her desire to absorb every new detail she sees in her exciting new world, Kendra is an amazing investigator. She walks into a room and observes things no one else does.

Roy:  We thought we were onto something special halfway through Kendra’s first mystery, Close Your Eyes, and before we even finished it, a major U.S. television network began to develop a series based on the character. Kendra’s popularity built with her appearances in two of my mother’s Eve Duncan thrillers, Sleep No More and Hunting Eve. That led to Sight Unseen, and in July she’ll be back in The Naked Eye. And we recently signed a new contract for three more Kendra Michaels books, so she’ll be around at least through 2018.

Iris:  In many ways, collaborating is harder work than writing solo. There’s a lot of coordination involved, making sure we’re literally on the same page. But we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t enjoy it.  As long as it stays fun for us, I think it will stay fun for the reader.

IRIS AND ROY JOHANSEN’S FAVORITE MYSTERY-THRILLERS

Since the subject of the day is collaboration, we’ve put our heads together and selected five mystery/suspense books that are special favorites of both of ours:

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Short Stories Edited by Leslie S. Klinger.  Klinger has done an amazing job with this collection of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.  It’s packed with illustrations and insights that make even longtime Holmes buffs (like us) look at these timeless stories in a new way.

Swag by Elmore Leonard.  We had the great honor of serving on an author panel discussion with the great Elmore Leonard in the last year of his life, and we’ve always been awed by his gallery of unforgettable characters. This tale of two armed robbers is both funny and suspenseful.

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs.  We’re big fans of Reichs’ blend of forensic expertise and crackerjack storytelling.  The Temperance Brennan saga begins here with a chilling murder investigation in the seedy Quebec underbelly.

Stranded by Alex Kava.  If you haven’t met FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell yet, do yourself a favor and start reading this riveting series. In this entry, O’Dell in on the trail of a truck stop serial killer. This spine-tingler will make you think twice about taking a long car trip.

Lightning by Dean Koontz.  Koontz’s how-to book Writing Popular Fiction had a profound influence on each of us when we started writing novels, and with each book Koontz continues to prove himself a master storyteller.  Lightning is a special favorite of ours.  It’s science fiction, yes, but this story of a young woman and her shadowy protector unfolds with a fascinating mystery at its core. 

Guest Post by Mel Sherratt, Author of "Follow The Leader"

91sZCGhnS1L._SL1500_[1]Mel Sherratt, author of the Follow the Leader, discusses her home town and how it inspired the plots in her books.

‘It’s a small world’ is a phrase often heard where I grew up. I come from a small city in the Midlands, England; Stoke-on-Trent. It’s a city that is very much stuck in its past but trying desperately to rise above the smoky days gone by. We have tower blocks filled with undesirable tenants on every floor. Terraced houses are joined in a row, with neighbors so close you can hear sneezes through the wall. Houses open onto sidewalks, with no gardens or yards, nowhere to park a car, vandalized playgrounds and no-go zones after dark. Yet in some areas, new properties are being built upon knocked down factories, businesses are opening alongside rows of boarded up shops. We are trying to find the beauty beneath the decay.

Not a lot happens in Stoke-on-Trent. It’s easy to become embroiled in day-to-day life, year after year. Most people have been born and bred here, going on to do other things without making a name for themselves, just a living. It has a population just short of a quarter of a million.

You might not think it from how I describe Stoke-on-Trent, but I love living here, much less writing about it. The people are warm; its atmosphere steely.

Before I began to write crime thrillers, I worked for several years as a housing officer for the local authority on a social housing estate. I dealt with environmental issues, noisy neighbor complaints, evictions, signposted people to appropriate help and services, sorted out disputes and offered debt advice. For a unique point of view, I realized this could be useful as a backdrop to write about.  

So when I needed a location for my crime series, featuring a detective sergeant, I decided to set it in my hometown. Allie Shenton is my main character, yet I use Stoke-on-Trent just as much to create a sense of its own personality. Because I know the good and the bad of my city, I wanted readers to be immersed in that through her. That’s why I beef up the lowlife and the scum and create stories around them.

For me personally, police procedurals are about solving a crime, and seeking justice. But in my books, I want to show how crime affects individuals and a community too. The aftermath of a crime must be devastating for some and we all deal with things differently. With choosing some dark, often nasty characters, it allowed me to dive into the unknown and twist everyday situations into 'what if' story lines.

I'm also a firm believer that there is good and bad in us all. It's how we choose to use it, I suppose. But for me as a crime writer, I like to take the ordinary and make it a bit extra-ordinary but still realistic. Using different points of view can make stories far more emotional. And just like the small villages found in the countryside of England, small cities lend for close-knit communities, so a sense of claustrophobia within family and friends can often be an added bonus. There are secrets and lies to be discovered everywhere.

One thing for certain, for all its faults, Stoke-on-Trent may not be a glamorous city but it is a city with a heart. It’s also a city with a serial killer on the loose right about now… fictional, of course.

Watch Mel Sherratt video about Follow the Leader for more information about the book.

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Exclusive Interview with Lee Bermejo

Award-winning and bestselling illustrator and author Lee Bermejo gives us a sneak peak and his upcoming series, "Suiciders."

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How long has this series been in the works?

Uh, oh my god, wow, well I had the, not exactly the same idea but it had a lot of the elements and some of the same characters. I talked about this more than ten years ago when I was still working at Wildstorm. So, it’s been a long time, a very long time, and you know it’s come together in different iterations but, yeah, it’s been a while.

Can you talk about the Suiciders themselves and the sport you’ve created?

I feel like the story itself is really a story about this city. The series itself, I’d like it to be more like Sin City in the sense that you have this place, and this place has a certain set of rules, and you can tell a variety of stories within these rules. But this place, New Angeles, is built in Los Angeles 30 years after a huge earthquake, and I wanted to create this kind of sport that was also their biggest source of entertainment that would allow me to draw some kind of fun things and at the same time maybe make a little commentary on things actually going on right now, that people actually like to watch. A lot of people seem to like to watch beheading videos and really disturbing stuff, so watching two guys kill each other like the Romans used to do doesn’t seem too farfetched. Well, hopefully not hitting people over the head with that kind of message. You’re also doing it purely for entertainment factor, but since I’m first and foremost an artist I also want to draw stuff that appeals to me. So you have the chance to draw these armored guys going at it.

What types of battles can readers look forward to seeing?

That’s the thing, it really isn’t totally focused on battles. It’s going to be very much a story about these two men, their lives. You’ve got this one character The Saint, who is the best of the best, and his life starts to unravel. You find out he’s got some dirty secrets locked in the closet that start to come out. You have this other immigrant character who essentially wants to be The Saint. Wants to be the best of the best. So he comes to this new world hoping to make his dreams come true. So it follows the lives of both of these men as both of them figure out what it’s all about.

If you could compare The Saint to any sports icon, who would you choose?

That’s a really good question. I’d like to say someone like David Beckham, I think that David Beckham seems to be a pretty stand-up guy. Essentially the trappings are the same: On the outside David Beckham looks like a perfect human specimen. He’s amazingly good at what he does, he’s fantastic looking, you have all these elements that make him magnetic and you put them into a soup and you get this athletic, international superstar. He goes almost even beyond that. So yeah, Beckham is probably a good comparison.

SUICIDERS is set in the post-apocalyptic city of New Angeles, and the story itself was reminiscent of The Running Man. Were there any stories that inspired you while working on this?

Oh yeah, most definitely. I love 80s sci-fi movies like Road Warrior, Escape from New York, but even a movie like Children of Men I think—that’s an amazing movie, one of my favorites—that certainly was big. Specifically in terms of making the world not too different from what we know, a movie like Mad Max where everybody becomes these biker punks with shaved heads and Mohawks, the world I wanted to depict was a lot more relatable to our own. Which I think Children of Men does really well.

Your art style is very detailed, which helps create a realistic setting. From a writing standpoint, what goes into creating this complex society?

That just required a lot of thought ahead of time. I knew basically the trappings of what I wanted to do, which was create this city that survived an earthquake and had this chance to reinvent itself. Because of various events that eventually I’ll get to in future storylines, it secedes from the United States. You always hear stories about California having the fifth-biggest economy in the world, and growing up in southern California, you even hear talk about “We should be separated and be two states! There should be southern California and northern California!” So there’s a certain reality to this stuff already being talked about for years now.

So after deciding that I wanted those elements in the story, the rest of it was coming up with ways of making it...you know, I don’t want to say believable. Because believable is kind of a rigged word for me, especially with comics. I think that at a certain point if you try too hard to make everything completely believable, you can sometimes, not all the time, but you can sometimes sabotage an element of fantasy. And also in my case, I love on the nose satire. Like the first Robocop is fairly satirical, but it’s really played straight. So there are elements where you go “Oh that’s fantastically satirical.” And that’s something I feel like you can do if you can suspend your disbelief there for a little bit. You make it sting that much more.

Will readers learn more about the event that propelled Los Angeles into its current, post-apocalyptic state or will the series focus more on the outcome?

Without giving too much away, what I have outlined now is 18 issues. I hope to be able to go beyond that, I think that there’s story potential there. But I definitely have 18 issues, three 6-issue series plotted for this. And they go back in time, so the first one is 30 years after the quake, second one is 15 years after, and the third one deals with the earthquake itself.

And there are characters that will be recurring, you’ll see characters in the second arc who are younger. There’s a generational element of the story there.

 

What’s the process like balancing both writing and illustrating for an ongoing series?

I don’t know if it’s just excitement, because I’m really excited to be writing so that’s probably a big part of it, but it feels almost like an exorcism where I exhale and—I’m not going to say it just comes out, it takes it effort—but it feels more instinctual and immediate. The artwork is laborious, it takes time, and I sweat over it. So I am able to separate them in that sense, where the writing is--it helps to have everything very carefully plotted *laughs*. I’ve really plotted this thing, and working with an editor like Will Dennis has been very fundamental. Before getting this thing off the ground, he has to know that you have things pretty well in hand. So that really has helped as well. So I have a really detailed outline, I feel like the structure is there, and I’m just playing with words.

A.G. Howard Discusses "Wonderland" and a Few "Splintered" Surprises

81mLTXJEVzLStill Ensnared by Wonderland? Author A.G. Howard discusses how it felt to end her bestselling gothic Wonderland spinoff series, and shares some surprising developments on the horizon for the beloved characters of her Splintered fantasy world.

While writing Ensnared, the last book in my Splintered series, not only was I saying good-bye to the characters and Wonderland, but I also suffered a loss in my family—suddenly and unexpectedly. Every emotional obstacle my characters were up against throughout the book, I shared to some extent, in real life, which bled into every word and scene. To be honest, by the time I finished, I felt like I'd been through the wringer with my characters. But I also felt satisfied and purged.

I walked away from Ensnared more confident and secure about the ending than I have ever been about any book I've ever written, including both Splintered and Unhinged. Being so deeply invested in every emotion and decision that the characters faced, I didn’t worry about outside opinions. This gave me the courage to write for Alyssa, Jebediah, and Morpheus as individuals—to let them take the final story the directions their hearts led. Even if some readers don't like the resolution, they can look back over those last pages and see that I was being honest, and most importantly, that I entertained them in the telling. I consider it a job well done, to have accomplished those two things…

… Although I have to admit, even being as satisfied as I was with the ending, I still wanted more from these characters and the warped Wonderland world. So, although I had another deadline looming, I indulged myself, and began to write an extended version of the epilogue, using some of the deleted scenes I’d had to cut from Ensnared’s final manuscript to keep my novel at the ideal word count. What started out as something for me, ended up catapulting into a novella that my publisher was interested in buying. So now I’ll get to share it with readers.

The novella (title TBA) is a post-Ensnared collection of three stories—and it will be available in both print and e-versions.

The headlining short story, Six Impossible Things, takes readers into Alyssa’s future, via new and deleted scenes, to offer a deeper understanding of the decisions made at the close of Ensnared. It’s an extended, detailed version of the epilogue and beyond. Two bonus stories, The Moth in the Mirror and The Boy in the Web, delve into the past.

Together, this collection provides a “director’s cut” version of both the past and future in my dark, magical world. I’m hoping Splintered series fans will be as delighted to experience these stories firsthand as I was to write them and revisit my characters and settings.

Guest Post by Vincent Zandri, Author of "Everything Burns"

EverythingBurnsImage._V328470485_[1]Vincent Zandri, New York Times bestselling author of the Everything Burns, shares his thoughts on domestic thrillers and how they have evolved over the years.

One night, when you arrive home, your wife is not there. You feel your heart pounding in your chest because your have recently convinced yourself your wife is cheating on you and now, all you need is the solid proof. You scour the house, going through her dresser drawers, through the closets, through her desk drawers. You find things that don’t necessarily prove she’s conducting an affair, but don’t disprove it either. New underwear. Sexy, expensive stuff that she’s never worn for you. New perfume. Then you find it, inside a manila file folder hidden inside a suitcase in the vestibule closet. Photos.

You’re devastated. But even worse, you’re mad. Blood boiling enraged. How could you allow this to happen underneath your own nose?

She’s coming home soon. That much is for certain. And you’ll be waiting for her.

This is the essence of domestic thrillers. Psychological suspense that occurs in the most sensitive of battlegrounds…Behind the closed doors of our own home-sweet-home. Domestic thrillers entertain and yes, disturb the very core of our humanity since there is no escaping the fact that we all have families, no matter how dysfunctional, and we all have homes, no matter how broken. How often do we hear about the nice young couple down the road who seemed to be so in love and still, out of the blue you’re rudely woken up one night to the sound of police cruisers, their bright flashers lighting up the neighborhood.

Domestic thrillers have been keeping us in suspense for generations. James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity. In the movie version, Fred MacMurray locks hungry eyes on a leggy Barbara Stanwyck as she descends the stairs in a house she shares with her beastly husband. It doesn’t take an Einstein to know that said husband’s days are now numbered.

Later on, the domestic thriller would take a turn for the creepy and supernatural with Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. Both psychological dramas that would take place within the home-sweet-home, and involve family members who would display such evil that not even hell would take them in.

As the 1980s rolled around, a new generation of domestic thrillers would grace both the bookshelves and the silver screen. Stephen King gave us a terribly disturbed and murderous novelist in The Shining, while Fatal Attraction kept movie goers on the edge of their seats for an entire summer.

Nowadays, thrillers like Gone Girl and even my own Everything Burns feature stories told by unreliable narrators who are at once likeable, but who are also manipulating us in ways which keep us turning page after page, long after the bed lamp should have been turned off. In these 21st century,  good and evil are not so black and white, and they perform a delicate balancing act in both our conscious and subconscious, disturbing us all the while keeping us entertained.

If all domestic psychological thrillers have one thing in common it is an erosion of trust. The twisting and turning and general mutilation of the one basic necessity required of all relationships, especially that of blood relatives. It’s one thing to be afraid of ISIS and their terrorist methods. But how do you deal with the terror of a family member you can’t trust?

Or are you just plain paranoid?

That’s the other side of the domestic thriller. Maybe the evil that resides inside your own home doesn’t exist at all. Perhaps it’s just a figment of your imagination. Perhaps the evil resides entirely within. One thing that’s for certain, domestic thrillers are always described with adjectives like, “gripping,” “riveting,” “page turner,” “disturbing,” and of course, “horrifying.” They also provide us with something that other varieties of thriller cannot. They make us question our own personal belief in right versus wring. In a word, we can relate on a personal level to domestic thrillers. And that’s what scares us the most.

People often ask me why I write domestic thrillers. The answer: I’m not sure why I do it. It’s possible that by writing domestic psychological thrillers, I am providing myself with the kind of psychoanalysis that can only come from an expensive shrink. Perhaps by writing Everything Burns and The Remains, I am purging my soul of some of my greatest fears. Fear of the double-cross, fear of torture, fear of murder that comes not from some unknown enemy, but from someone I assumed I knew as well as myself. Someone I loved with all my heart.…Someone who wants nothing more than to see me six feet under. 

Kindle Most Wanted | Masters Series with Lisa Gardner

Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Crash and Burn, shares her long list of accomplishments and how she became a writer.

 

Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Crash and Burn, shares her long list of accomplishments and how she became a writer.

What's Wanderlust Got To Do With It?

USA TODAY bestselling author Robin Bielman discusses her own recent adventure and why she loves the  81MVaySXHuL._SL1500_ globetrotting heroes in her Take A Risk series. The latest book in the series, His Million Dollar Risk, is now available.

I recently crossed something major off my bucket list. Here’s how it went down: My mom (yep, she crossed it off her list at the same time) and I arrived at a small airport. We filled out some paperwork, giggling the whole time because holy hamburger, we were really doing this. Then with zero time to contemplate what we’d just signed, we met our awesome instructors to gear up for, you guessed it, skydiving!

Harness ready, and trying to remember everything my instructor told me (put my hands where?), we walked to the airplane—the very small propeller airplane. At this point I thought my heart would be pounding out of my chest, but you know what? I was fine. Happy. Excited. I couldn’t wait to be in the sky. And knowing this was a tandem jump and I’d be connected to my instructor wiped out any nervous energy.

We talked and joked on the way up to 10,000 feet. With views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and mountains on the other, I couldn’t have asked for better scenery. When the time came for my instructor to open the door and scoot us out, all I remember feeling was a sense of anticipation. Then, ready…set…go! The jump was amazing. There really aren’t enough words to adequately express the sensation of free-falling, but once the parachute opened and we were floating, I wanted to stay up there forever. The remarkable peacefulness seeped into every inch of my being, and I can’t wait to jump again.

Now that I’ve traveled to the sky, I’m pretty sure I can tackle any adventure. With a family and day job, though, I don’t get to venture to new places as often as I’d like. So how do I visit faraway lands and spots closer to home that I’ve yet to see? By writing about a group of heroes in the heritage protection field who travel the globe to preserve historical sites against conflict, neglect, and natural disasters, that’s how.

These guys have got a serious case of wanderlust and love being outdoors. Through them, I can pretend to be a female Indiana Jones and get into all sorts of pickles. I also get to torture them with romantic entanglements that threaten their latest project. They may be fierce in their dedication to the environment, but they’ll risk everything for the women they believe in.

In His Million Dollar Risk, we get to take a road trip and travel Route 66. My hero, Connor, has got a reporter tagging along to help bring attention to the highway and several monuments under preservation. This is my heroine’s first big story and her first time taking a trip like this. So as soon as they hit the road, she unintentionally messes with Connor’s steadfast plans. He’s all about responsibility and his commitment to preservation. She’s all about letting go a little and experiencing each new place to the fullest. But pretty soon they’re all about each other. Adventure? Check. Love? Double check.

Driving the historic Route is just one of the many excursions I hope to still experience. Live out of a suitcase for a little while? I could do that. Until then, as long as I’ve got my Kindle with me, I’m good to go anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive Excerpt from Shannon Hale's "The Forgotten Sisters"

919mtyl1NkLMiri, heroine of Shannon Hale’s Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy and the newly released The Forgotten Sisters returns for a charming third story—and this time, she’s creating a princess academy of her very own.

The sunlight on the water flashed and glared. Miri squinted, her head pounding. The straps of her pack cut into her shoulders. The ground was slippery, her boot soles thick with mud. She could not spare a hand to wipe the sweat dripping onto her cheeks.

You are a tutor, she told herself. You have to be imposing!

The wooden door in its frame looked swollen and misshapen, though perhaps years ago it had fit properly in the cut stone. It swung inward at her first knock, squeaking on its hinges.

“Hello?” Miri called out. She stepped inside.

The building was only one room, and it was nearly empty. The polished stone floor tilted to one side, some stones jutting higher than others, as if over the years the ground had settled.

“Who’s there?”

A girl was climbing in through one of the open windows, followed by two others. They wore loose brown shirts and leggings, stained even browner up to the knees, and held sticks and poles.

“Who are you? What are you doing in our house?” asked the tallest one.

In their house? These wild girls were the royal cousins? Miri guessed the tall one was Astrid, the eldest girl.

“Call the village,” the middle one whispered—probably Felissa.

“She doesn’t look like a bandit,” said the shortest. Susanna.

Miri worked her tongue in her mouth, but it was so dry. They would notice how young she was, and her short stature made her seem even younger. They would see she was a fraud and not a real tutor at all. She had to be strong, speak firmly, demand respect. Be imposing.

“I am your tutor. You may call me Tutor Miri.”

“Who?” asked Astrid.

“You should raise your hand if you . . . when you want to talk . . . or ask something. Though I may not answer. Immediately.”

The girls looked at one another, baffled. Miri’s head felt funny, her legs kind of tingly, but if she sat, she would seem weak.

Astrid raised her hand and said, “You’re in our house.”

Miri looked around. “There aren’t any books. I don’t see a single book.”

“I don’t see a single snake in here either,” said Astrid. “I don’t see a single lot of things. Who are you?”

“I only brought three books because I thought . . .” Her head felt as tilty as the floor. “There’s no furniture either. Why do you live here? You’re the king’s cousins. You’re royalty.”

“So we’ve heard,” Astrid said and stepped in front of her younger sisters, still gripping her long, sharpened stick.

“I’m feeling a little . . . muddled. There was a long walk and so hot and the ground’s still leaning as if it wants to be water—” Miri giggled. “I sound crazy, don’t I? I don’t mean to. I’m just . . . thirsty . . .”

Miri watched the floor swell like a white ocean, leisurely, pleasantly. Her limbs felt wonderfully light, and she sighed right before the floor rose up to meet her.

 

From Page to Screen Michael Connelly: "Bosch"

Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Harry Bosch series, discusses the new Amazon original TV series "Bosch," based off his hit series and character Harry Bosch.