I’m having a difficult time crawling out from under my post-holiday Rock of Sloth. I got lots of wonderful new books–special thanks to my fabulous editor for sending me, among other treasures, an ARC of Lionel Shriver’s latest, The Post-Birthday World. Between reading and cooking and other extra-curricular activities, I’m not getting a whole lot of work done. But you really should have been here for dinner last night–tas kebabi with hünkar begendi, aka Sultan’s delight. Mmmmmm…….
The astute reader may guess that my ventures in Turkish cooking correspond with the next book I’m researching. At the moment it looks as if much of it will take place in Istanbul….or, as I’m immersed in 1892, Constantinople. So I guess you could say that I am, in fact, working. Really, really hard. Somebody pass me the baklava, will you?
Today is the last Virtual Cocktail Party for 2006, and to send off the old year in style and welcome the new with pizzazz, I thought it would be fun to deviate from our usual format. With us are several members of Killer Year, a group of fiercely talented crime fiction writers whose debut novels will each be released in 2007. Now, I couldn’t let all of them argue over what we should drink, and as it’s New Year’s, it’s patently obvious that we should be having champagne regardless. All that’s left is to pick which one. I’ve had a lot of good news this year, so I think it’s time for a well-deserved bottle of Dom Perignon. Who wouldn’t want to drink stars?
So uncork a bottle and get ready to have some fun. Today the ball’s in your court–our KY friends are asking the questions and you need to answer them…
BRETT BATTLES: Let’s play favorite year so far. What’s been yours? Why?
J.T. ELLISON: If you could have any talent bestowed upon you, a skill that would give you expertise unparalleled by others, what would it be?
GREGG OLSEN: About sex. I don’t have any sex scenes in A WICKED SNOW because I’d have to write them from memory, and my memory’s not so great. But do your characters have better sex that you do?
DEREK NIKITAS: What famous fictional villain do you most wish was a real live person so that you could have the pleasure of personally rendering him/her a real dead person? Oh, and how would you do the honors?
BILL CAMERON: How do you manage the deluge of propositions and marriage proposals which must come to the site daily, and does your method results in any fatalities, and if it doesn’t result in any fatalities, will you marry me, either individually, or as a group?
SANDRA RUTTAN: Does anyone keep time to the official New Year’s countdown? Bill wants to know but he’s too shy to ask.
I’m having a hard time believing Bill’s too shy to ask anything…
DAVE WHITE: What do women look for on New Year’s Eve to kiss at midnight? Do they usually plan ahead or is it any ol’ guy who not taken.
ROBERT GREGORY BROWNE: If you were invited to spend the night with Brett Battles, would you prefer nudity or novacaine?
SEAN CHERCOVER: Crime fiction character you’d most like for a relationship? For a one-night stand? Favorite make-out albums?
I’ll start things off by answering these myself in the comments (once, that is, I’ve had enough caffeine to be reasonably coherent). And I’ll be looking forward to reading everyone else’s answers. Especially to Rob’s question.
A million thanks to our friends at Killer Year for coming up with such…thought-provoking…questions! Make sure that each of their books is on your list–good, good reading. Next week, we’re in for a good time: Our guest will be Jackie Kessler, author of Hell’s Belles, which tells the steamy story of Jezebel, “a hot demon on the run from hell–which isn’t easy to do in heels.”
Well. It’s not easy to do much in heels. But it sure is fun…
Have a wonderful, wonderful New Year’s Eve and don’t forget to send me questions for Jackie! See ya in ‘07!