Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Five Quick Questions With Karen Dionne

Freezing Point is the debut thriller for author, and Backspace co-founder, Karen Dionne. The new release has been praised by the likes of David Morrell, Douglas Preston, Gayle Lynds and John Lescroart (and many more).

'As he faces the frozen behemoth of a giant iceberg, environmental activist Ben Maki sees Earth’s future. Clean drinking water for millions, waiting to be tapped from the polar ice. The Soldyne Corporation backs Ben’s grand philanthropic vision for a better today—while making its own plans for a very profitable tomorrow.

Rebecca Sweet lives for the cause—an eco-terrorist who will do whatever she must to protect the earth. And Ben Maki’s ideas have set her on the path to war…

All of them will be drawn into a battle between hope and helplessness, power and pride. But they are about to discover that deep within the ice waits an enemy more deadly than any could imagine—an apocalyptic horror mankind may not survive.'

Karen has kindly agreed to join us and answer five quick questions.

What's one thing we may not know about Karen Dionne?

I'm ranked #11 in the world at the expert level for Minesweeper. Sad, but true. Do you have any idea how many hours it's taken me to achieve that level of expertise? I'm told Lee Child is also a Minesweeper addict, and you don't see *his* name on that list. On the other hand, his name is on a dozen novels, and mine is on only one . . .

What television show would you like to make a guest appearance on?

Law & Order. Man, I love that show. Such terrific writing. I think I'd make a great mother of a serial killer. I raised four kids; I have that beleaguered, patience-of-a-saint look down pat.

What's your greatest sporting moment?

The time I spelled "quartz" on a triple word square. What? Scrabble's not a sport? It is the way *I* play, bub.

What's your ideal holiday destination?

Anyplace between the 25th parallels. I lived for 30 years in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I've had enough snow and cold.

How many comments to this blog post would I need to have you read and comment on my first thriller, The Interrogator?

I'll make it easy for you, JJ - just one. As long as the commenter is male, between the ages of 18 and 35, unmarried, cleanshaven, works as a stockbroker, and lives in England.

Thanks, Karen. Please check Karen's website for all of the details of Freezing Point.


P.S If anyboby happens to know a clean-cut-English-male-stockbroker between the age of 18 and 35, ask him to drop of by and comment.

If you enjoyed this interview, why not have a look at my other interviews with Will Lavender, Kelly Curtis, Lisa Unger, JA Konrath, Laura Benedict, Ed Lynskey and Luke Devenish.


LiteraryMinded said...

I am clean-shaven, between the ages of 18-35, but unfortunately Australia... and female. And intimidated by the Minesweeper status.
But otherwise - great interview :-)
I wonder if Karen has read the eco-thrillers of Aus author Ian Irvine? They are well worth getting into. The firts may be OOP or a little hard to find but you can read them out of order - see and click on eco-thrillers.
I like that one of Kern's blurbers on the book simply said 'Gangbusters'.
:-) Angela

LiteraryMinded said...

A shocking amount of typos. My bad. Long day.

by Karen Dionne said...

Thanks for the tip, Angela. I'll definitely check out Irvine's books.

Funny, your singling out Lescroart's "Gangbusters!" My 20-year-old daughter keeps saying, "But what does that MEAN???" I guess you have to be of a certain age to get it - or live in Australia!

Melanie Avila said...

JJ, thanks for telling me about this. I did learn something new - her Minesweeper status. My mom is also very good (although not #11) so it must run in the family. :)

Great interview!

by Karen Dionne said...

Melanie - I didn't know you know JJ! Girl, you sure get around! (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) :)

Will have to challenge your mom to a Minesweeper-wrestling championship the next time I see her. May the best sister win!

Kate Forsyth said...

Loving these interviews! great work, JJ!

and I must read some of these books ...