What inspired you to write this book?
This is actually the eleventh volume in my Lady Justice mystery/comedy series. Walt Williams, the sixty-nine year old cop is the main character in all eleven novels. In volume #10, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Walt’s partner, Ox, is married, and in Cruise Ship Murders, Walt, Maggie Ox and Judy are off on an Alaskan Cruise for Ox’s honeymoon. My wife, Peg, and I did just such a cruise to gather information and background for this latest adventure.
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
Anyone that enjoys a good mystery and likes to laugh will like this book, but the extra hook is that it takes place on an Alaskan cruise. People that have been on cruises, particularly to Alaska will relate to the story.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influence your writing.
I didn’t start writing until after retirement from the real estate industry at the age of 66. My wife, Peg, & I are avid readers and we each consume a novel a week. A friend of ours turned us on to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. We got the first book and immediately fell in love. We acquired all 14 books in the series that were available at that time, and laughed until our sides hurt. After finishing book #14, I thought to myself, “Bob, you are just goofy enough to do this.” So I sat down at the computer, pretended I was Janet Evanovich, and began writing the next Stephanie Plum novel using her characters and my plot. I wrote three chapters and printed them for my wife to read. I hid in the office while she read, dreading the verdict. (If you’re a Stephanie Plum fan and you’d like to read those three chapters, go to my website, http://BooksByBob.com and click on Stephanie Plum http://booksbybob.com/stephanie-plum_294.html) Soon, I heard her cackling in her easy chair. Now, you have to understand my wife. Even though she has a great sense of humor, she’s not a laugh-out-loud kind of person. She came into the office and with a stern look said, “You’ve got to stop this right now! Forget Stephanie Plum. Janet doesn’t need any help. You need to develop your own characters and plot and write your own novel. I know you can do it.” And so began my journey, writing, publishing and marketing my first novel, Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P. City Retiree Action Patrol. In the three years since then, I have written 11 novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, 7 chapter books for children in the Rainbow Road series, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.
Describe your style of writing
Mystery/comedy. I love a good mystery and I love to laugh. My readers get both in my Lady Justice series. Although there is murder, there is no graphic blood and gore and no gratutious sex scenes.
Which authors have inspired you?
Janet Evanovich, of course, but also Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series and Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole series.
By: Robert Thornhill
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