Today, I posted a review for "The Brother’s Keeper" by NLB Horton. As part of the review process, I also had the opportunity to do a brief interview with the author that I wanted to share.
MTG: I posted a review for your book today; tell us something about the book that is not in the summary. (About the book, character you particularly enjoyed writing etc.)
Horton: Readers tell me they enjoy the vicarious travel in my books, and it is important to me to provide a sense of place. “The Brothers’ Keepers” is an accurate travelogue of Italy, Switzerland, and parts of Germany and Israel. I returned to all these locations in 2014.
The history and theology in “The Brothers’ Keepers” also is accurate, although I tweak the history to suit my story. The book is a feasible adventure empowered by two strong female characters: archaeologist Grace Madison and her daughter Maggie, a hydrologist. I write international suspense driven by contemporary family dynamics, and depict women as capable, intelligent, and committed, thereby having a global impact.
MTG: Do you have a favorite book(s) and why? I know it’s often impossible to narrow it down to one, so just pick one (or a few) that is a new favorite or consistent “go-to”.
Horton: I have a favourite author: Daniel Silva. I own in hardcover every book he’s written, and my recent favourite is “The Heist”. I believe Silva is the best international thriller writer of our time. He is unbelievably consistent. I admire and enjoy reading about his protagonist, Gabriel Allon. His storylines are complex and require thought, which I enjoy. He places his stories in locations I have been, so there is the additional joy of “revisiting” them through his eyes. I love his multi-generational approach to characters. He is just in the master class.
I also enjoy David Baldacci, Steve Berry, and Donna Leon.
MTG: What books are you reading now?
Horton: I am reading an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Laurie R. King’s new novel, “Dreaming Spies”, and an ARC of “A Fine Summer’s Day” by Charles Todd. I am re-reading Anne Perry’s Inspector Monk series, too.
Since I am writing Book 3 in the Parched series, I try not to read contemporary international suspense so I do not clutter my own work. Reading historical suspense at this phase gives me a break from my own story while keeping words and sentences and phrasing firing in my brain.
MTG: Where do you find inspiration for your writing? Do your travels and studies have a big influence?
Horton: I would definitely cite my travel and study as influences. One of my goals when I received my Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary was to develop a fine library, and it surrounds me as I work. I am a lifelong reader, and I think bits and pieces of information get stuck in the crevices of my brain somehow. Eventually they congeal, and a story begins to take shape. It is a great joy to produce these manuscripts.
MTG: Where do you usually find yourself writing?
Horton: I only write at my desk. If I am traveling, I will take notes on my iPad Air or dictate into a recorder, but the stories are pounded into the computer here.
MTG: What has been the biggest reward to your writing so far?
Horton: Signing with my fine literary agent was huge, and reader reviews are equally exciting.
MTG: What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Horton: Practice. Take courses. Find a mentor. Join a writer’s group. And develop a thick skin
MTG: Give us three “Good to Know” facts. Be creative: first job, likes/dislikes, hobbies, favorite way to unwind – whatever comes to mind.
- I was one of twelve, and the only woman, to qualify one year for the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) World Championship and am an avid fly fisherman.
- I collect antique French pottery. (See my Pinterest board.)
- My favourite animal to ride is a camel in the Middle East, and my least favourite animal to float the Amazon with is a Robinson’s tarantula. (“Yes, I have” to both of the questions that ensue.)
MTG: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Horton: I am writing Book 3 now, which finds archaeologist Grace Madison up to her tattered gardening hat in espionage while trying to save the reputation of someone she adores — at considerable risk to her person, naturally. I hope to write two more in the Parched series after I complete Book 3.
Thank you for letting me share “The Brothers’ Keepers” with your readers, Maria. I hope they join Grace and me on this wonderful adventure.
Thanks to Virtual Authors Book Tours for making this possible!
About the Author:
Winner of ‘A People’s Chioce Award’ in fiction, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction after an award-winning career in journalism and marketing as well as earning her Masters of Biblical Studies degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs, tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman, driven uneventfully through Rome, and consumed gallons of afternoon tea while traveling across five continents.
Horton is a member of the venerable Explorers Club, based in New York City and founded in 1904 as an international multidisciplinary professional society of explorers and scientists. From her home in the Rocky Mountains, she writes, cross-country skis, gardens and researches ideas for her next novel. Horton’s first novel in the Parched series, “When Camels Fly”, was released in May 2014. “The Brothers’ Keepers” is the second, with the third installment available in fall 2015.