And he said, Grammy I do it by the sound.
Yup, he said. The first move is chick-chick, and the second move is chick-chuck. And on and on. And then he said--it has to sound right to fit together.
Is he a genius or what?
That's exactly what it's like writing a book. I take a little from here, and little from there, and a lot more from over there…and move them and twist them and change the order---and if I'm lucky, chick-chuck, eventually it sounds right.
In my new book SAY NO MORE, that's exactly what happened. I took a little from my experience at having to go to court to identify a hit and run driver. I took a little from my defense attorney's husband's cases involving a confidential informant, and a little from my investigations of campus sexual assault.
It's time to talk about this, as much as we can. Campus sexual assault thrives in silence, and the people involved are assaulted again when they are ignored or dismissed or told to keep quiet. Sometimes schools work to make sure the reality is not made public--more than 100 colleges are now under investigation by the feds for failing to report. And you all know the one in five statistic.
But as a thriller writer, my first job is to entertain. And that I do my best to do. But when I can use the experience of my investigative reporting to help readers sees the world through the eyes of someone new--or, even, see their own experiences in a different way--then I have succeeded past the already-tough job of trying to be the author of page-turning crime fiction.
So in SAY NO MORE, I tackle the biggest obstacle for a reporter: when someone refuses to talk. A Boston newcomer witnesses a murder--maybe--but why won't she tell the police about it? A victim of campus sexual assault is forced into silence by a sinister scheme. And when Jane has to identify the driver in a hit and run, it may put her life in danger.
Jane's entire career has been about getting to the truth--but what if silence is the only thing that will keep these three women alive?
The reviews are awesome. "Thrilling" "Engrossing" "Brilliant" "Unflinching"--and the Library Journal starred review says: "Ryan does it again."
I just let out a huge sigh. SAY NO MORE comes out November 1. Leave a comment, you dear Femmes and readers, or just say hello--and I will give an ARC to one commenter!
Launch day, here I come. I hope it all sounds right to you!