Monday, August 17, 2009

Spotlight on Karin Slaughter, author of Undone


As part of her blog tour, I am excited to introduce you to Karin Slaughter, author of nine international mystery bestsellers, as well as a number of short stories. Her latest release is titled "Undone", which I received via Jaime at Pump Up Your Book Promotions, and will review tomorrow. But for now, I wanted to share a few tidbits of information I gathered from her official website.

Karin is a long-time resident of Georgia and specifically Atlanta, which you find to be the general location of her stories. She maintains two book series, all of them in the mystery/thriller genre with focus on crimes upon women. This lady is not afraid to shed a little blood, and is known for a healthy amount of violence in her books. In her latest novel, "Undone", she has dovetailed two of her series, allowing two of her worlds to collide so to speak. I can imagine this was a unique writing experience...like introducing two of your best friends that didn't know each other! But more on that tomorrow...

Karin describes herself as "run off into the mountains and write until I collapse" kind of author. Although there is no structure in this, it has worked for her so far, so she continues to follow it as her m.o. She is a mystery/thriller fan herself, listing some of her favorites to be Kate Atkinson, Sarah Waters (Fingersmith is her favorite), Lee Child, Kathryn Harrison, Mo Hayder, and Fidelis Morgan, to name a few. She and I could share bookshelves, it would seem!

In my perusal of Ms. Slaughter's website, however, I found a buried treasure. Apparently, not only is she a fan of Lee Child (of the Jack Reacher series), she is also a friendly acquaintance of the man. She has included a dialogue, compiled from a number of back-and-forth e-mails, between herself and Child, talking about "stuff"...crazy fans, how they started their writing careers, the use of cuss words in their books...both authors at their best! The Jack Reacher series is one of my all-time favorites, so reading this banter, which was insightful and wildly entertaining, was a special treat!

Now that you know a little about the lady behind the name, I hope you join me tomorrow when I fill you in on my wild ride of reading "Undone". See you then!

8 comments:

Melody said...

Great post, Sandy!
I look forward to your review on Undone soon! Sounds like an intense read to me!

Andreea said...

Can't wait to read your review!

Beth F said...

Nice post. I've always meant to read Slaughter.

Literary Feline said...

I look forward to your review, Sandy. I've been wanting to try something by Karin Slaughter for awhile now.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Ooooh guys, this was a goodie. I fear I will have to go back now and read everything.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love Karin Slaughter. I subscribe to her newsletter and she is just so fun. And her books are so, well, not fun, but engrossing!!! Thanks for hosting this!

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I've been reading the Grant County series since they came out and they have been a fave of mine...

I just finished Undone this weekend and as a fan of the series, had very mixed feelings about it. The mystery was great, but this was not a Grant County book IMO. It fit better with the Will Trent series, which I also really enjoy. I'll be back for your review after I write mine!

caite said...

I will have to check out some of her favorite authors that I am not familiar with...excellent...