I have to share what happened to me this week!
Now, in order to appreciate how cool this is, you must know that a) I got my start as a newspaper reporter and love, love, love to interview people, and b) On the keeper shelf in my office is a hardback copy of Presumed Innocent, one of the first suspense novels I ever read.
So when the editor of RT Book Reviews asked me if I’d like to interview Scott Turow about his upcoming sequel to Presumed Innocent, you could say I was excited. Actually, dancing around the living room in front of my startled family would be more accurate.
You mean there’s a sequel to one of my all-time favorite books? And I get to talk to Scott Turow, who helped inspire me to become a writer in the first place?
The answer is YES!
Needless to say, I accepted the assignment. And then like magic, a manuscript of the new book, Innocent, landed on my doorstep so that I could read it before the interview. I’ve never been so eager to put on my slippers and curl up with 500-plus pages of copy paper. With just forty-eight hours until the interview, I didn’t quite get the book finished, but I still had plenty of questions to ask the talented Mr. Turow. Here is a glimpse of my notes:
“How did you decide to write a sequel?”
“Is there talk of a film?”
“If there is a film, will Harrison Ford play Rusty Sabich again?”
“How do you juggle your writing career with your law practice?”
“If there’s a film, will it feature Harrison Ford?”
“And about Harrison Ford…???”
You may have noticed I’m a bit of a Harrison Ford fan. What can I say? I grew up in the Star Wars era, and as far as I’m concerned Han Solo is the original alpha hero. (Luke was always just a little too prissy for me.)
Sorry, I digress. Back to the interview, which was fascinating. I was impressed with Scott Turow before this, but once I had a chance to research him.. wow! Aside from pioneering an entire genre (the legal thriller) and writing non-fiction, this man also manages to practice law, head ethics committees, serve as president of the Authors Guild, do pro bono work (such as the 1995 case in which he got a wrongfully convicted man who had spent eleven years in prison released from death row)… And that is not even a full list of his accomplishments.
Going into this interview, I was a little intimidated.
But it turns out, along with all his achievements, Scott Turow also happens to be a nice, easy-to-talk-to guy. We had a great conversation about writing, law, film, and yes, the latest adventures of the fictional Rusty Sabich. (Remember the prosecutor framed for murdering his mistress? Remember his diabolical wife?) Well, Rusty is back, and IMHO the sequel is just as enthralling as the original book.
I won’t spoil Innocent for you, but let me leave you with this, the opening scene: Rusty Sabich, now chief judge on an appellate court, sits on a bed with the body of his dead wife, Barbara. She has died under suspicious circumstances….
To see interview, check out the the April issue of RT Book Reviews. (Innocent comes out in May, from Grand Central Publishing). And I don’t always say this about sequels, but in this case, the second book lives up to its predecessor. Innocent is riveting from the very first page.
Are you a Scott Turow fan, too? Have you enjoyed a sequel recently? Leave a comment and get a chance to win a signed copy of my latest release, Untraceable. And thanks for sharing my fun week!