Nov 6, 2014
This podcast includes the full and unabridged
audio feed of the Kobo in Conversation
interview with Kathy Reichs conducted by Bob
Ramsay and hosted by Kobo's Senior Director of Communications
The interview covers the following:
- The “Big Bang Break” that happens in an
investigation – that one moment when realization explodes and the
search hurdles forward on the right trajectory.
- The new YA writing she is doing in
collaboration with her son
- How, even though she has sold millions of
copies of her novels around the world, has a television series
based on her popular recurring character Temperance Brennan, she is
still on tour and treats every new book with the same enthusiasm as
her first book
- Kathy’s perspective on the book publishing
business and the promotion and sale of books in the next five
years, with respect to the fact that recent UK stats of Kathy’s
books show print sales up 30% and the electronic sales are up
- The importance of a presence on social media
and the fact that Kathy does all her own Twitter
- The difference between the book “Tempe” and
the TV “Tempe” – and how on the TV show Teperance Brennan is a
writer who writes a series about a fictional anthropologist named
Kathy Reichs (a little tongue-in-cheek inside joke for her
- The electronic-only “Viral” series
of stories that feature the Tempe’s great niece (Tory Brennan) and
is about kids using science to solve cold cases.
- How Bones
Never Lie is Kathy’s second book about a female
- Behind the scenes on the inspiration for
Kathy’s novel Monday
Mourning, based on Kathy’s real-life experience
involving the eerie discovery of bones in a cellar.
- The terrible occupational hazard that comes
with cases in which the victims are truly innocent.
- The forensic work that Kathy has done in
places such as Iraq, the World Trade Centre and an interesting trip
in which Kathy and a group of other authors took a Black Hawk
helicopter to thank front-line troups in Afghanistan.
- What Kathy’s next book is going to be about
and how it is drawn from intrigue and mystery from the Carolina
- How and when storytelling came into this
scientist’s life, including “The Mystery in the Old House” a
hand-written “novel” Kathy had written when she was 9 years
- How a forensic examiner has to learn how to
be objective and separate themselves from the personal in order to
properly investigate and properly represent the victim.
- Thoughts about the “Holy Grail” of forensic
- How Kathy writes “good old fashioned” murder
mysteries, but where the key element in solving the mystery is
KWL Director Mark Lefebvre talks a bit about
the concept of “write what you know” based on Kathy’s experience,
the experience of author Melissa Yi and for writers who don't have
first hand knowledge. The key, of course, is research.
Mark references a great article by KWL’s Shayna Krishnasamy called
“I’d Rather Not Be Talking to You
but I’m Writing This Book: How a Shy Writer Tackles
Research” in which she outlines research options for
writers and Mark also draws from his own personal experience doing
research for non-fiction (Tomes of Terror: Haunted
Bookstores & Libraries) as well as fiction.
Kathy Reichs website
Bob Ramsay website
Kathy's books at Kobo