We are now in the final few days of Mystery Thriller Week 2017. The pace quickens as there are now three author interviews remaining in the Author Spotlight series including this interview with award-winning author Suzanne Adair.
Before I welcome Suzanne please allow me to fill you in on the remaining two author interviews. They are both exclusives!
On February 20, 2017, there is an interview with Nick Rippington. I have interviewed Nick previously but having reviewed his book Crossing The Whitewash, I was intrigued by some of the characters and asked him to talk about that in the second interview.
On February 22, 2017, and my final MTW author interview, Kimberly McGath is my guest. Again, I have reviewed her book Zodiac: Setttling The Score and as we have a common background of former detectives, I asked her some questions with my “cop head” on.
I hope you find both interviews interesting.
Back to Suzanne and welcome!
About Suzanne Adair
I write page-turner crime fiction novels set during the American Revolution.
Why the American Revolution? Well, I hated history the way it was taught in high school: gutted of all the cool stuff, reduced to facts and dates so you remember it the wrong way. Come on, admit it, when you think of the American Revolution, you imagine bewigged, boring men who spout unintelligible political philosophy—right?
And who wants to slog though that?
When you read fiction, you want to be immersed in another world. You want to escape.
I’m on a mission to make the American Revolution accessible and fun for you. I give you realistic, relatable characters, tightly plotted drama, and thrilling history. You’ll feel like you’re there. Even better, you’ll never miss the 21st century.
Prepare to be transported into a past where heroes are ordinary people. Like you and me.
Deadly Occupation by Suzanne Adair can be purchased here:
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’m currently doing research for book #5 of the Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mystery series while editing the third draft of Killer Debt, book #4 of that series. I’m also editing the third draft of book #1 of a science fiction series. And yes, I do get cultural whiplash jumping from historical mystery set in 18th-century North Carolina to science fiction set during the 24th century on another planet.
Q: From where did you draw your inspiration to write your latest book?
A: When I was researching book #3 of a suspense trilogy about women in the American Revolution, I learned that the Eighty-Second Regiment (British) occupied Wilmington, North Carolina for almost all of 1781. American high school students usually aren’t taught about this occupation, possibly for two reasons. 1) It was a huge embarrassment for American patriots in North Carolina, who’d been warned of the impending occupation at least twice but had blown off the warnings. 2) It was a huge victory for the redcoats, who, with their loyalist allies, created a blockade across North Carolina for much of 1781, thus preventing patriots from transferring troops and supplies overland between Virginia and South Carolina. I decided to highlight this fascinating history by spinning off the standalone Michael Stoddard American Revolution Mystery series from the suspense trilogy.
Michael Stoddard is a fictitious young officer in the Eighty-Second Regiment, appointed as Wilmington’s criminal investigator in book #1 of the series, Deadly Occupation. Each book of his series provides the reader with a page-turner murder mystery while enabling me to sneak in fascinating, often controversial tidbits of history. For example, in book #4, Killer Debt, slated for a 2017 release, I incorporate the true story of how William Hooper, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who barely escaped being captured in the occupation, returns to Wilmington under white flag of truce to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the British commander—and when they were done negotiating, the redcoat commander let him go, rather than imprisoning him. Difficult to believe, eh? The rules of war were different in 1781.
Q: What was the last book you read?
A: As of this interview in December 2016, I’ve just finished Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13. I’d seen the movie “Apollo 13” several times and was curious to compare the movie and book. The book is chock-full of gloriously geeky details that couldn’t possible all be squeezed into a two-hour movie but would delight any space nut. Am I a space nut? Well, when I was growing up near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, it was my good fortune to be able to stand on the roof of my house and see the contrails and first-stage separations of several Apollo launches from Cape Kennedy. You know that left some sort of impression on me.
I am not the sort of person given to exclaiming Wow! But Wow! Suzanne, that was truly interesting and as a Brit, and an often frequent visitor to the Carolinas, you have whetted my appetite to read the first book in your series.
A wayward wife, a weapons trafficker, and a woman with “second sight”—it’s a puzzle that would have daunted any investigator. But Michael Stoddard wasn’t just any investigator. Late January 1781, in coastal North Carolina, patriots flee before the approach of the Eighty-Second Regiment, leaving behind defenseless civilians to surrender the town of Wilmington to the Crown. The regiment’s commander assigns Lieutenant Michael Stoddard the tasks of tracking down a missing woman and probing into the suspicious activities of an unusual church. But as soon as Michael starts sniffing around, he discovers that some of those not-so-defenseless civilians are desperately hiding a history of evil.
What do readers like you say about Suzanne Adair’s books?
“A swashbuckling good mystery yarn!” — The Wilmington Star-News (Paper Woman)
“Adair holds the reader enthralled with constant action, spine-tingling suspense, and superb characterization.” — Midwest Book Review (The Blacksmith’s Daughter)
“Full of details, a unique historical perspective, an elaborate plot, and outstandingly strong characters, Camp Follower is a historical mystery with something to please everyone.” — No Name Café (Camp Follower)
“With a few deft strokes, [Adair] re-creates a time when the world was lit by a few candles and traveling from Wilmington to Hillsborough took five grueling days on horseback.” — The Wilmington Star-News (Regulated for Murder)
“Wonderfully complex characters and a fascinating story line are coupled with terrific writing.” — Great Historicals (A Hostage to Heritage)
Her books have earned a bunch of accolades.
Paper Woman won the Patrick D. Smith Literature Award. (My first book got an award!)
Camp Follower was nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award.
Suspense Magazine put Regulated for Murder on its “Best of 2011” list.
A Hostage to Heritage won the Indie Book of the Day Award.
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