Nancy Cole Silverman dropped in on the Hen House to answer our burning questions about SHADOW OF DOUBT. Check out her thoughts on radio and how her own life informs her writing, and make sure to get your copy today!
Congratulations on the release of SHADOW OF DOUBT! What are you doing to celebrate?
“I’m going to Disneyland!” I had to laugh when I read that question. Isn’t that the question we so often hear asked when one wins something really big, like the Super Bowl! Well, I went to the next best thing, for me anyway. I went to Bouchercon, a writer’s conference here in Long Beach. It’s my kind of Disneyland.
Just like Carol Childs, you worked in news radio. How much did your own experience influence Carol’s story?
I began my career in radio and TV in the Phoenix market before there were a lot of women on the air. Woman voices were considered too light for serious news and most of what we did were less serious stories; fashion, weather, etc. But I do remember once being assigned to cover a murder [like Carol].
In LA I started out writing commercial copy for a radio station. Radio taught me to write. I mean really write. Without pictures or film running I needed to create a scene in the listener’s mind and radio taught me to do that. I retired as a general manager for a sports radio station in Los Angeles. I think there’s some kind of poetic justice to that…at least it tells me, God has a sense of humor!
I worked for KNX and later KFWB, which was at the time also news. The basis for Shadow of Doubt came from a story about a Hollywood Agent who was shot as she returned home from an Academy Awards Show. I remember hearing the story and then later reading that she had two nieces, one of whom she left her entire estate. What a hook! I couldn’t stop playing with the idea. Of course, the names, method of murder, etc. were all changed. But that’s how my muse works. The idea just wouldn’t leave me alone and before I knew it, I’d created a murder scene far worse, if that’s possible, than the actual news story.
Finally, tell us your favorite mystery novel and what draws you to that particular author and the genre as a whole.
I read a lot of mysteries. I recently both read and saw the movie for Gillian Flynn’s book, Gone Girl. I think what she did so well was to portray the mind of a sociopath. She’s an excellent writer, who not only knows how to pick a story, but how tell it as well.
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