One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the opportunities I get to read and review books before they hit the shelves.
I will freely admit, I have absolute favorites when it comes to books. I love my “chick lit”, especially during our favorite Summer vacation to Wildwood. In fact, if you take a look at this post, you will see what I mean.
So this Spring, I had the opportunity to read Lisa Scottoline’s newest book: Most Wanted. I have to tell you that it is a MUST READ book for your Summer reading list!
The nice thing about reading Lisa Scottoline is that she is somewhat local to me. This Momma is a Philly gal, and that is where this story is set. It is always more exciting to read a book when you can visual the settings.
I had the opportunity to do a brief email interview with Lisa, and I wanted to share them with my readers. It was so much fun, and something I really enjoyed doing. Don’t forget, Most Wanted is on sale now, so head on out and grab your copy. It is the perfect beach read!
So here we go!
1: When you came up with the concept for this novel, where did you get your thought process from? Is there any personal ties to the story line?
The idea for MOST WANTED came from the most emotionally true moment of my entire life, the birth of my amazing daughter, Francesca Serritella. I was thinking about how much my daughter Francesca means to me, and as a single mom with only one child, we are really close. We’re even co-authors, on a series of humorous memoirs! And even as she’s gotten older, she’s still the best part of my life and the thought came to me – what if I couldn’t have had a child? What if I hadn’t been able to conceive? And then I thought, what if I had used a sperm donor to have a child – and then what if my donor turned out to be a suspected serial killer? It was as wild a “what-if” as I could imagine, but also one that would involve a lot of moral, ethical, and emotional complexity, so I got busy writing and MOST WANTED was born.
2: After finishing this book, did you find yourself more observant of the people (particularly men) around you? Did everyone suddenly become a potential serial killer?
LOL! No, but I think that people who write are naturally observant. We’re nosy. We listen in on other people’s conversations, we watch what people do and what they say. I think everybody does that to a certain extent but I think if you really love doing that, you’ll be a terrific writer, and conversely, the more you write, the more you realize that you can observe everyone around you and find fodder for something in a novel!
3: I love the fact that you are a fellow Philly sports fanatic and hometown lady. Did any parts of the story come from living in the city?
I have written almost 30 novels and all of them are set in and around the city of Philadelphia, because I love it so much and it’s home! This novel in particular concerns a murder that takes place in West Chester, a campus town outside of the city of Philadelphia, and I like very much contrasting the city with the sleepier town, in terms of characters and also in terms of criminal procedure.
4: How long did it take to do the research for the story? It is obviously written with a lot of thought and detail.
Thank you so very much for saying so! I did a ton of research for this book, because at its core it’s about how heartbreaking and difficult it can be to become a family. Infertility is a subject that needs to be talked about more, in my opinion, and I write all of my novels about family, so it was natural to me to explore alternative ways of making a family, especially for people who aren’t lucky enough to conceive when they want to. But the more research I did, the more I learned that there was a lack of regulation in the sperm banking industry that really needs to be addressed, because infertile couples are at their most vulnerable during that time.
5: You played on ever fear parents have about starting a family. What made you decide on this angle when crafting this book?
As I said above, it really was knowing how lucky I was to have had a daughter and especially since it’s just the two of us, she’s such an important part of my life that I couldn’t imagine life if she hadn’t been born. I think the truth is that every novelist is always working on developing empathy, so that you can find novels in almost the opposite experience of your life experience, which is what I did in this novel. In fact, I think that’s true of readers as well. Reading builds empathy. You learn to be inside someone else’s consciousness and thoughts, and you can’t help but identify with them, if the book is good enough. So that’s why I feel so lucky to be able to make a living telling stories and hoping that people can relate to them and find them compelling, as well as uplifting!
So there you have it! Straight from the author’s mouth. Be sure to get your copy of Most Want so that you are ready for beach reading. You can order online at Amazon.com(affl. link) or at Barnes & Noble.
(Photo Credit- April Narby) Lisa Scottoline is a 20 time New York Times best-selling and an Edgar award-winning author with over 20 novels (in 20 years) under her belt, including her latest novel CORRUPTED (St. Martin’s Press, Oct. 27, 2015). Her stories have been translated into 25 different languages and her wildly popular, weekly non-fiction column, “Chick Wit,” co-written with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, appears in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lisa, a Philadelphia native, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, earned a B.A. in English in just three years and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School cum laude. Lisa worked as a trial attorney until the birth of her daughter, Francesca Serritella. She left the firm to raise Francesca and began a part-time career writing legal fiction.