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April Henry pointed out on her wonderful blog a link to advice from fellow agent and author Evan Marshall on "Seven Ways to Write a Book Faster."

In other news, Esther Friesner's new werewolf anthology
STRIP-MAULED is out this month, including stories by Sarah A. Hoyt, Dave Freer, Steven Piziks, me, Robin Wayne Bailey, Jim C. Hines, Esther herself and others.  Baen Books has a free sample available on their site.  Just go here and click "Next" whenever you're ready.

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TORCHED by April Henry

Okay, this book sounds awesome, and I don't just say that because "April Henry knows how to kill you in two-dozen different ways."  Ignore the fact that she's standing over my shoulder as I type (*grin*).

About the book
When Ellie’s parents are busted for growing marijuana, the FBI gives her a choice: infiltrate the Mother Earth Defenders (MED), a radical environmental group, or her parents will go to jail. At first Ellie is more than willing to entrap the MEDics, but the more time she spends undercover—particularly with Coyote, the green-eyed MEDic that she can’t stop thinking about—the more she starts to believe in their cause. When talk turns to murder, Coyote backs out, but Ellie is willing to risk everything to save her family—even if it means losing Coyote and putting her own life on the line.

About the author
April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. April had one detour on her path to destruction:  when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children's author Roald Dahl.  He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine.

By the time she was in her 30s, April had come to terms with her childhood and started writing about hit men, drug dealers, and serial killers. She has published six mysteries and thrillers, with five more under contract.  Her books have gotten starred reviews, been on Booksense (twice!), translated into four languages, short-listed for the Oregon Book Award, and chosen as a Quick Pick by the American Library Association.

April writes for both teens and adults. This month Face of Betrayal will be published. It’s the first in a new series for adult mystery series co-written with FOX legal anaylst Lis Wiehl.

Interview with April Henry
How many fingers would you use to count the books you've read more than three times?  What books do you turn to time and again and why?
I probably wouldn’t need more than one hand. Maybe not even one finger.  Even the Bible. I’ve read a few books twice – Garnet Hill, Presumed Innocent – but those were books I was trying to figure out how they put them together.  When I was kid, I have the strongest memory of reading a book by Evelyn K. Lampman. As soon as I turned the last page, I turned back to the beginning of the book and started reading it again.  It was about a Native American girl.  Who knows- if I could read it today it might seem really dated, but at the time, I thought it was the most wonderful book ever.

Have you ever fallen in love with a character (yours or someone else's)? How did that work out for you?
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