This is such a big day! Like Christmas Eve, almost. I still have nothing to wear tomorrow, and I’m working on my speech—but Tuesday is pub day for THE WRONG GIRL, with the launch at a wonderful local bookstore, and I am thrilled!
THE WRONG GIRL has an incredible review from Library Journal:
“Ryan has a gift for writing superb thrillers and this one is sure to be a big hit!”
And an astonishing review from Booklist:
“ A crisp fast moving police procedural featuring reverberating illegalities, increasing danger and suspense, and crackling sexual tension….Another winner from Ryan.”
And our dear Lesa Holstine just sent me her review, which I am copying into this blog with tears in my eyes—you’ll have to read the whole gorgeous thing on her blog Tuesday of course, but one sentence is:
“THE WRONG Girl …one of the must reads of the fall for any of us who like action packed suspense… Hank Phillippi Ryan never misses a step in this complex, beautifully-written novel.”
Okay, fine that’s two sentences. Sigh.
I’ve been doing on-line interviews of course: The first question, happily, is always:
What is "The Wrong Girl" about?
I love this question. The story is “about” a Boston newspaper reporter, the resourceful and determined (and struggling a bit after an unfair firing) Jane Ryland, who begins to suspect a respected adoption agency is reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.
I mean—that’s chilling! Why would someone do that? And would the people in involved ever know? How?
If a person says to you—here’s the woman you’ve been searching for your whole life. Here are the documents from your adoption agency, and here are the items your mother left when she dropped you off. Would you believe them? You would, of course—but what if, soon, or eventually, you began to fear that you were not with your real parents? If you were living with someone who was not your real birth daughter? What if you didn’t know the truth about your own family?
That’s what THE WRONG GIRL is about.
But there’s more. The book is also “about” how difficult and overloaded the foster care system is. How many helpless kids—who are left behind because of drugs or abuse of a catastrophe or because someone just made a mistake—are sent into a system full of people who may be trying to do their best—but just can’t handle it.
What would happen if someone decided: the system will never work. I’m going to step in and save children—and I don’t care whether it’s legal or not.
So it’s “about” –our love of family. Our bond with our parents. How far would you go to find yours? Would you know them if you met them? It’s also about greed, and manipulation, and cynicism, and the power of desire—and what would happen if someone preyed on our primal need to have a family.
And I’m eager to hear from readers who may have been searching for—or who may have found—their birth families. Email me, via my website, okay? http://www.HankPhillippRyan.com I’m putting together a series of posts sharing them.
Another interviewer asked: what kind of reader is going to enjoy it?
Easy one! Suspense lovers. Lisa Scottoline is my hero, so are Linwood Barclay, Lisa Gardner and Sue Grafton. THE OTHER WOMAN won the Mary Higgins Clark award, so you know the books are don’t have graphic sex or violence—but they are smart and surprising and suspenseful.
Ha. I work all the time. Now you’re laughing, but it’s the truth. I go to work at Channel 7 around 9 am—and come home at 6:30. I write til ten, and then make dinner! My darling husband is very patient. I have learned to be very organized. Seriously, I have lists of lists. I have learned NOT to multi-task—to do one thing at a time, to really DO it, and then move on. I think if I try to juggle, say, talk on the phone and answer emails at the same time—neither one gets done very well.
I work on vacation days, and on weekends. Jonathan and I haven’t been to a real movie in a long time—nor have we been away on vacation. It’s a—well, not a sacrifice, since I’m very happy. Very happy. But it is a lifestyle choice.
And even though the tour is just beginning, and the whole trajectory of THE WRONG GIRL is still to come, I also get to answer:
What's next for you?
I am working like mad on the next Jane Ryland book, tentatively titled TRUTH BE TOLD. I’m in the scary part, where I have no idea how it will end!
And I’m crazy on tour! It’s amazing, for a person who used to be terrified of flying. Now I look forward to it, because I love to write on the plane. I cannot wait to come see everyone. Visit my website for the whole schedule—you will not believe it!
Where did the story come from? A news tip?
This is your sixth novel... what's gotten easier and what's gotten harder as you continue to write?
What book has captured your attention lately?
And I’ll answer them, I will—tomorrow on Jungle Red! Come visit, okay? Mention Femmes Fatales….and be double-entered to win a lovely prize!
And thank you thank you thank you…you Femmes and Freres and friends both…I am so very grateful.