Arctic Wargame is FREE and my interview with Catherine Coulter

The coolest Canadian spy thriller of the summer, Arctic Wargame, is finally FREE on Amazon over the next three days, July 10-12. Download your copy and enjoy it. Here’s the link:

Then scroll below to read my interview with Catherine Coulter, my special guest today. Her new thriller, Backfire, came out today.

Catherine Coulter is the author of 68 novels, including 60 New York Times bestsellers. She earned her reputation writing historical romances to pass the time while aboard the ark. Over a decade ago she added suspense thrillers to her repertoire– with great success. The Cove, the first book in her bestselling “FBI Suspense Thriller Series” spent nine weeks on the New York Times list and has to date sold 2 million copies. Since then, she has written 15 more bestselling thrillers in the series, including The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tailspin, Knockout, Whiplash and Split Second. Her newest historical romance — Prince of Ravenscar — came out in November 2011. Switching genres helps keep her brain unclogged and going at full speed.

What was your experience like when you first broke into the publishing world as an author?

It was painless; in fact, it was joyful and continued joyful and is still joyful today. Publishing was a mysterious world back then. Now, everything is right out there for all want-to-be-published writers to see; genre organizations to join and network; amazing e-publishing and self-publishing — so many options now. I will tell you, though, I’ve been blessed with excellent editors, enthusiastic publishers and talented open-minded artists for the covers, not to mention the continuous involvement of the Publicity Department.

A word of advice for new writers?

SIT YOURSELF in front of your computer and JUST DO IT. Do not procrastinate. Learn English grammar perfectly, avoid excessive adjectives, adverbs and euphemisms, read widely, and the biggest thing is to produce new pages daily and have fun.

What is your typical writing day?

I’m at the computer at 6:30 a.m. to answer reader mail, chat with readers on Twitter and Facebook, then to work at 7:30 until 10:30 a.m. Three days a week, it’s the gym, then home to do business, answer requests, whatever. Actually, anyone who knows me well knows exactly what I’m doing and where I am any hour of the day. Yep, as you can see, it’s a must to have a set schedule and stick to it.

What can readers expect to find in Backfire?

Backfire is the 16th FBI thriller. It reprises The Target‘s Judge Ramsey Hunt and is set in San Francisco, my home digs. It’s wild and wooly and will light your hair on fire. Savich and Sherlock work with U.S. Marshal Eve Barbieri and Special Agent Harry Christoff to solve these incredibly gnarly mysteries. I’ll get you on both mysteries, but it would sure be nice if you’d email me ( or come to (write that exactly or you’ll end up in Chechnya.) and let me know.

Split Second is out in paperback RIGHT THIS MINUTE — trust me, you’ll really love reading about Ted Bundy’s daughter.


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