Please welcome Andrea Kane, author of A Face to Die For in the Forensic Instincts series. Andrea will be giving away a free book to a lucky commenter, so please help us make her feel welcome!
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
For me, a perfect day would start with a great cup of coffee and a half hour of quiet peacefulness in which to enjoy it. After that would come a solid chunk of good writing (and the time to do it in), walking 10,000 steps on my Fitbit, playing with my Pomeranian pup, Mischief, catching up with family and friends (including my readers via social media), and actually crossing some things off my “to-do” list. Last would come a wonderful dinner with my family and some TV or movie time together. And no perfect day for me would be complete without watching a NY Yankees game where the Bronx Bombers killed it!
Do you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase/expression, or meal?
My absolute favorite color is sapphire blue. I love it in every form—on clothing, jewelry, accessories. And my hands-down favorite meal is pizza and ice cream. I’d eat them every day if it weren’t totally unhealthy to do so!
Which books/authors inspired or influenced you the most?
I’ve been reading since I was able to hold a book, so this is a very tough one to answer. I grew up devouring all the Nancy Drew books, so I should have guessed where my creative muse would someday take me. Daphne Du Maurier has always had a huge impact on me; I love the way she combines characterization, relationships, and suspense. As an adult, I became a huge Robert Ludlum fan (long before his titles were made into movies). I found his attention to detail and his in-depth research, together with a riveting storyline, amazing. I wish I had more “pleasure” reading time now. These days, I generally have my nose in a research book. Or in children’s books, since I’m about to become a first-time Grandma and want my new little granddaughter to develop a love for reading ASAP!
Do you listen to music when you write?
Actually, this is an interesting time to ask me that question. I always require dead silence in order to write. No music. No talking (except for the characters in my head). No distractions at all. I’m a very audial person, so I can’t shut out any kind of noise, pleasant or otherwise. Enter A Face to Die For. I’ll preface this by telling you that Billy Joel is my absolute, hands-down favorite musical artist. So all of his lyrics are memorized somewhere in my head. Well, the first sentence of A Face to Die For is: “Anthony slid behind the wheel of his Ford Taurus and started it up, cranking up the heat the instant the engine turned over.” Billy Joel’s song “Movin’ Out” begins: “Anthony works in the grocery store…” Well, every single time I reread the first word of A Face to Die For‘s prologue, I started singing. Even when I forced myself to stop, “Movin’ Out” kept playing inside my head for hours. Needless to say, it was a battle to get back and stay on the writing track!
If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?
Dark chocolate, because of the dark, ominous cloud hanging over the characters’ heads as they hire Forensic Instincts to solve their cases while safeguarding their lives… with a little salted caramel to kick up the flavor and the interest.
What made you interested in writing this particular story?
I kept thinking about the idea of a person having a doppelganger out there in the world—someone who was their “double” both physically and behaviorally. From there, a diabolical plot started to take shape in my head, a case that only Forensic Instincts could solve even as they worked feverishly on a separate—but not-so-separate case.
What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing?
I’m a characterization writer, who feels strongly that my characters’ personalities and relationships set the foundation for the all-important suspense/thriller plot. So most of my books stem from the personal/emotional ties of my characters—ties that are threatened by dangers from the outside. In my opinion, it’s necessary for my readers (and for me) to either care about or hate my characters, after which I springboard into a chilling storyline. I consult with the FBI a great deal while doing my research, so they’re instrumental in my novels. I’m also fascinated by the medical field (human and veterinary), and elements of that fascination are key components in many of my books.
Tell us about your main character.
I’ll talk about Casey Woods, who’s the president of Forensic Instincts. Prior to fulfilling her dream of opening a private investigation company that’s unencumbered by the rigid limitations of the legal systems, Casey consulted with law enforcement as a behavioral specialist. She reads people like a book, hires only the best and the brightest, and is a natural leader. Her significant other, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kyle “Hutch” Hutchinson, constantly faces the challenges and the subsequent dangers posed by Casey’s less-than-by-the-book approaches to safeguarding her clients and solving cases ASAP, sans red tape. Despite her tendency to want to control everything, she values and defers to the other Forensic Instinct team members areas of expertise. It’s her leadership that provides the foundation for the FI team’s tight professional relationships and incomparable success rate.
Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.
Since my protagonists, the Forensic Instincts team, are an ensemble of players, I’ll have to field this as a group. The teams that come to mind are three TV teams, the team from “Leverage,” the team from “Scorpion,” and the Behavioral Analysis team from “Criminal Minds.” Like the FI team, each of these teams work together like tight cogs in a wheel. They each have their particular set of skills and strengths, and each of them is a genius in what they do. These are the bases for their case-solving success stories.
If you could host a mystery-author dinner party, who are the six writers (living or otherwise) you’d include?
Daphne Du Maurier, Agatha Christie, Robert Ludlum, Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben and Christopher Pike.
What’s next for you?
Those of you who are familiar with the Forensic Instincts series have met Aidan Devereaux, Marc’s brilliant but mysterious older brother. My next book will revolve around Aidan’s own clandestine team, who operate both nationally and internationally, to solve large-scale cases. They’ll be assisted by Forensic Instincts team members, so it will be an exciting combination. The book is still in its fledging stages, so that’s all I can say for now!
According to urban legend, everyone has a double, or exact look-alike. Would you search for yours? And if you found them, would you risk your life for theirs?
When a case of mistaken identity in Manhattan results in Gia Russo seeing a photo of a Minneapolis woman who looks exactly like her, she can’t resist reaching out to the mysterious stranger. Their Facebook private message exchange blossoms into a budding, long-distance friendship, and the two women agree to meet in New York and gauge the truth with their own eyes.
Shocked at the sight of one another, Gia and Danielle quickly bond over drinks, childhood pictures, and an uncanny feeling that they share more than just a visual resemblance. But when they decide to end the speculation and undergo DNA testing, the test’s confirmation that they’re identical twins raises more questions than answers.
And with good reason. The same mysterious forces that separated the sisters years ago are still at large, desperate to keep the two women apart. When the danger surrounding their reunion escalates and the sisters fear for their lives, Gia turns to an investigator whose wedding she just planned, Marc Devereraux of Forensic Instincts.
Despite being embroiled in another case, Forensic Instincts can’t turn the panicked twins away and agrees to help. But as the team digs up skeletons long since buried, they unearth the shocking truth about who is willing to destroy the sisters and the families they have grown to love in order to save themselves.
Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including thirteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge—and keeping her readers up all night.