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I wrote longhand. That was hard to tell, now. She was dead. Over the next 5 days, I wrote 35, words by hand. The book was constructed in my head, but I needed to find the right point of view. The first nine Beaumont books were all that first-person narrative.

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So he bought the first two books in the series, even though I had only written the one and even though I had no idea it was going to be a series. So, it took a while to become an overnight success. Is married to a retired halibut fisherman here in Seattle.

Now, does the name Thomas Blatt ring a bell with you? That was book Number This is a Beaumont story. Book Number 13 is called Name Withheld. Jance will be here on such-and-such a day, at such-and-such a time to sign her new book. The name of the book is being withheld, pending publication. That was back when I was still doing original paperback Beaumonts and the review is chiseled in my heart. Jance has created a nice, little cottage industry for herself, writing her funny little books. And I do carry grudges.

I am not an outliner. I met outlining in Mrs. I hated outlining, then. Nothing that has happened to me in the intervening decades has changed my mind about outlining. So I sort of walked up to JP Beaumont and the one thing I knew about Jack Lyons was during those weeks we were involved in that case, he was percent on that case. I know he smoked too much; he drank too much; and he got a divorce shortly thereafter. So I had him do the kind of drinking I had lived with for 18 years. And as I was doing it, it was sort of—. It was just stage business. It was something for him to do, you know?

So, I am down in Portland at a B. He did not. He drank Tequila and vodka. Does JP Beaumont have a problem? I remember thinking that Kinsey Millhone seemed isolated and lonely, but that could have had something to do with where I was in my life at the time. Once I embarked on writing of my own, I stopped reading almost completely because I was worried about creative cross-pollination. How about you? Someone else wanted to move Joanna Brady to North Carolina.

As someone from the desert, I was surprised to learn that roads in Florida were sometimes paved with sea shells. I loved the Busted Flush, but I was frustrated by the fact that Travis Magee never seemed to grow or change. I was just off in my little bubble.

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I read Mickey Spillane and John D. McDonald a long time before I started writing, and both stuck in my memory. I did not watch TV. It was the storytelling bone that was in my head, rather than reading someone else. The first Agatha Christie I ever read was her autobiography, which a bookstore gave me as a gift for having done an appearance at their store.

I read Daphne du Maurier. I loved Daphne du Maurier. You can hone it; you can point it in a good direction. Actually, I wrote nine Beaumont books in a row up to Payment in Kind. You remember that first book you wrote that nobody ever bought? Well, I had a couple of problems with that. My first unpublished book, you may remember, was about that serial killer on the reservation.

My husband was a witness in that case; it never went to trial because the guy did a plea agreement. The third case is still open in case he gets out. I did not want to write a book that would cause him to look at me, so I agreed to write a different book. They gave me a check. They gave me a deadline, but I had no bad guy to go in this book.

I sold life insurance for ten years. Spoke to the director. Told them who I was, what I did. I even gave them my matriculation number at the U of A. I could still remember it. We only do literary fiction. I thought for a while I wanted to be a nurse. That was a mistake [laughter]. You were getting the bug for storytelling. Barker and Mrs. I ended up in Mrs. Because, in her classroom, under the shelf, under the windows were bookshelves stacked with books. If you finished your work early, you could leave your desk and go over there. It was among Mrs.

Not just Dorothy and the ruby slippers but all of those other Oz books, as well. A lot of second-grade kids or little kids encountering those stories would be fascinated by the wizard behind the curtain. I glimpsed Frank Baum hiding behind the words. And from second grade on, I wanted to be the person putting the words on the pages. For the 13 years we were married, I did nothing about my writing other than writing poetry under the dark of night. Have you seen my book of poetry, After the Fire? I was doing a poetry reading of that book at that widowed retreat in , which is where I met Bill.

It burned me, but I knew I lived. It seared me, but it made me whole. He called me. I went gladly, though I saw the rocks. Fell, laughing through the singeing air. I have known the fire. The flame is out. As husband material my first husband was a real loser but as the husband of a natural writer, the guy was a gold mine [laughter]. I remember being so appalled by the racism in the south, without having any inkling that at the Lyric Theatre in Bisbee, Arizona, the Mexicans had to sit up in the balcony. I remember being so disappointed at first when we got there and it was black and white, the Kansas part, before it switched to technicolor in Oz.

But I loved it. I was enchanted. I think we have to start with Until Proven Guilty. I realize, now, that him being absolutely captivated by Anne Corley, who was such a dangerous woman in a red dress, was really unbelievable. But Anne Corley was a compelling character. For my 45 th birthday, I decided I was going to give myself a gift. Redmond High School had a reading-for-pleasure thing and every day, for 20 minutes, the whole school shut down.

The office—people in the office, the teachers, the kids, the janitors, the people in the cafeteria—everybody read for pleasure for 20 minutes. I should support this. Let me get back to you. The shop teachers really thought it was slick. When I got to the school the next day, one of the shop teachers had actually borrowed a Porsche and I was driven into the gym in a Porsche, handed out of the car by the shop teacher, given flowers—listen. I was six feet tall in seventh grade. I did my talk. Then, I opened it up for questions.

Came out in and it was standing there in front of those 1, kids when I figured out where Anne Corley came from. When I was seven, he molested me. That was who she was avenging. What should I do? You need to talk to her. My father came up to visit where we were living on the Reservation. I guess somebody better tell him, and so I did. That instant acceptance from him—the instant belief—was really an important part of my healing process, but so was writing Anne Corley. Well, she comes back over and over. Beau just falls head over heels.

I mean, he is so completely smitten. He constantly falls in love. The woman he meets on board the cruise ship to Alaska? He and Joanna have a moment. I have a friend who works for the attorney general in Utah. He said if his boss had a sense of humor, his agency would be called S.

Was that difficult? Was it something you were experimenting with? We were in Palm Springs. You have Beaumont readers and then you have the Brady readers. Could you write a book that could bring both of those readers to the same book? It was something suggested to you? A marketing idea originally? Well, then Bisbee—the real Bisbee—built a new jail.

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Cochise County built a new jail. They built it with drug forfeiture money. They had a lot of that. One day, four inmates from the Cochise County jail broke out, walked up the road two miles to Saginaw, broke into a house, murdered an old man, tied up the woman, stole their goods and their pickup truck.

Two of them were captured the next day in New Mexico. One of them was captured a year or so later in Panama City, Florida. The fourth one was captured in Tacoma four years later. Suddenly, I could believe that could happen, so I decided to write it. I had these two sets of readers. Well, the Beaumont readers only know Beaumont in the first person. I told 26 stories a week in K-through-six classrooms. The Desert People have lived in that part of the southwest for 5, years. Some of the stories I told were the regular fairytales and stories that we all grew up with.

Those stories and legends are woven into the background of all five of the Walker books. Hour of the Hunter is told through six or seven points of view over an elastic timeframe that goes back over 70 years. Fat Crack starts out in that book as a perfectly happy Christian Scientist because there are a lot of missions and you have Indians who are Catholic and Indians who are Methodist and Indians who are Presbyterians.

Presbyterians had a good thing going because they had the only swimming pool on the Reservation [laughter] —. It was like going on vacation. It was more like weaving a book than it was writing it. You said that you worked on a reservation. They hired me to come be the librarian, even though I only had six credits of library science when they hired me.

My parents, living in Bisbee then, were mystified that I was out there on the Reservation. He had been six months bedridden with rheumatoid arthritis in South Dakota. He went to Bisbee and recovered his health completely in the high, dry climate.

In his 80s on a cruise to Australia he climbed Ayers Rock. So they were in Bisbee. Bisbee is about miles from Tucson and where my husband and I lived was 30 miles beyond Tucson and where we taught was 30 miles beyond that. We had a mile-a-day commute. It was a traffic jam if there were cattle on the highway—. Like me, she had a husband who was allowed in the creative writing program that was closed to her. Her husband is dead at the beginning of the book. He and Diana become an item.

There is a scene where her son is injured and Brandon Walker takes him to the E. In the second book, Brandon Walker and Diana Ladd have been married. That book is called Kiss of the Bees. By the time I wrote Kiss of the Bees , Diana and Brandon had been married for a long time and were adopting an Indian child.

Those books cover a lot of time. They stretch from the s to now. It sounds like you needed to learn more about Native American culture even though you had been teaching the legends. I did 70 inter-library loans and all of these books came through our house here in Bellevue and I read through them. I could imagine these kids waiting on the platform to get inside this iron monster. Then, I read another book, The Autobiography of the Papago , written by one of those little kids who knew that outing matron. Guess what? They had to ride up on the roof.

But the parents would buy their kids Stetsons—new Stetsons to take away to school—and the train track from Tucson to Phoenix would be littered with—. You know Saguaro? Saguaro cactus? Then, they cook it and mash it up and make it into this really powerful liquor. Then, they have the wine dance—everybody goes and you sit in a circle and you sit around a fire.

Everybody sits in a circle and they pass around a cup filled with this juice and everybody takes a drink and passes it. The idea is that you drink enough that you barf. That takes the fruit from the cactus and returns it to the Earth, thus completing the circle.

In , we had a baby and when it came time for the wine dance, my husband Jerry Jance went and I stayed home with the baby. A number of years ago, after the fourth Walker Family book came out, Queen of the Night , the guy who runs the tribal museum in Topawa asked me if I would come down and do a book signing there.

Well, it had been 40 years since I had been on the Reservation and I was really nervous about it. It was posted on the internet as a public signing. We got there on this very cold, blustery Saturday morning and Bill and I pulled into the parking lot and it was full of all these cars from Montana and South Dakota and Wisconsin and Illinois.

My goal in writing those books was to make that world come alive for people who would never go to the Reservation. These were all my fans and they would have seen it posted on the calendar so they all came—drove 60 miles one way—to see what this was all about. I was very nervous. This is a sacred dance. Please, do not take photos during the sacred dance. Then, those other Anglo ladies from Illinois and Wisconsin—they came down and danced in the circle, too. You really have. The sort of life where you come back to where you were before and revise what happened.

Have you ever thought of writing a Beaumont prequel? It starts with Beaumont having bilateral knee-replacement surgery, which my husband had nine years ago this week. Doug Davis was a local hero. He was a year ahead of me in school. Jannine Gallant. Fatal Error. The Three Beths. Jeff Abbott. The Deadliest Sins. Rick Reed. The Theory of Death. Foreign Affairs. In Shadows. Sharon Sala. Best Laid Plans. Raw Bone. Scott Thornley. Under the Ice. Rachael Blok. Broken Slate.

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