5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Harlow Coban, author of Life in Death

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Harlow Coban, author of Life in Death
(Wine Not Publishing)

When a girl who social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, she’s compelled to learn why. Her quest for the truth pits her against friends and coworkers. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. She’s been targeted for death and she doesn’t even know it. How far should she go to learn the truth—even if it threatens her life?

When homicide detective Rance Nicolet meets Kari, his attraction to her is powerful—and the feeling is mutual. But things between them go terribly wrong when Kari’s old lover is found murdered with a letter from her in his pocket. The evidence against Kari is damning.

Rance’s personal and professional lives collide. Does he blindly believe the woman he’s falling in love with or follow the evidence no matter where it leads?

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Life in Death?

Harlow Coban: I investigated a personal tragedy in my family and learned a lot about police procedure and the case. I thought I could take some of what I learned and spin it into an interesting tale for readers.

JP: What sets Life in Death apart from other books in the same genre?

CB: My protagonist is a social worker who took a personal interest in a foster child who is found brutally murdered. Most of the protagonists in this genre are detectives, police men, pathologists, and FBI agents.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Life in Death getting out to the public?

CB: I’m big on goal setting. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from achieving the goals I set for myself.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Life in Death?

CB: I don’t write everyday even though there’s a school of thought out there that you should. My writing is in spurts. Somedays, I can’t get the words down fast enough. Other days, nothing comes to me.

It’s probably taken me about a year to write this book. Technically this is my second book. I never finished the first one because I thought the premise behind Life in Death would be much more compelling to readers.

JP: What’s next for Harlow Coban?

CB: A strong marketing push for this book and starting the second book in the series entitled, Apparition in Death.





The book will be available on KDP Select for $2.99 beginning February 13, 2012.

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