I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to get to ask the authors of my most recent read, Mind Me, Milady – Ken Hicks and Anne Rothman-Hicks some questions I had during the course of reading the book. This was something that I’ve never done before, so it was great to be given this opportunity. Here are the questions I asked and their answers to those questions:
1) Could you tell us a bit about Mind Me, Milady and why it is a must-read?
“Mind Me, Milady is a blend of genres: the mystery of Susan’s dreams and premonitions, the thriller of the Gentleman Rapist stalking women, including the main character, and romance between Jane and Jack, who she fears might be the Gentleman Rapist because he is definitely hiding something. All in all, there is a lot going on that together makes it very rewarding for many readers.”
2) What was it like co-writing a book as a married couple?
“We have been writing together for a long time. The first joint project was a course we shared when Ken was a student at Haverford College and Anne was at Bryn Mawr. There are many benefits, especially the constant feedback. Of course, to write together successfully, we both have to put our egos aside. That is not always easy.”
3) Was there a lot of arguments, compromising or did you both agree on majority of the story and plot?
“This was a difficult book and it took us a long time to put the elements together. We had a lot of angst-filled conversations about whether particular scenes or parts of the book were moving the plot forward. In the end, we always agreed.”
4) How long did it take for you both to write this book?
“That is a difficult question since we put the book down several times and came back to it.”
5) Did you have to do much research for this book?
“There was some research, including the nature of a serial criminal, the mechanics of hypnotism, the concept of reincarnation, the history of colonial New York, and the Battle of Manhattan during the Revolutionary War.”
6) Where did you come up with the idea for this book, particularly the idea and concept of the “Gentleman Rapist”?
“We were drawn to the idea of someone who believes they lived a prior life and also wanted the story to be set in Central Park in a place that would have looked substantially similar now to the way it looked in Revolutionary times. We thought the idea of a rapist who spoke like an English Aristocrat as he wielded power, was a very creepy combination.”
7) Did you know who the Gentleman Rapist was going to be from outset, or did you change your mind while writing?
“We have a very fluid writing process. It would be hard to say when exactly we decided who would be the Gentleman Rapist. We did not start out knowing.”
8) Who was your favourite/worse character to write in Mind Me, Milady and why?
“We are both very attached to Jane, who appears in two of our other novels, Weave A Murderous Web and Praise Her, Praise Diana. Susan was the most difficult character to write because she is both assertive in her way and very in need of protection. The Gentleman Rapist was interesting, since we had never written anyone like him before.”
9) What character in Mind Me, Milady are you least likely to get along with?
10) Are you working on anything at the moment?
“We are working on our fourth book in the Jane Larson series.”
11) Which book are you most proud of writing and why?
“We are most proud of Praise Her, Praise Diana. The book deals with a very difficult topic, rape and violence toward women in its many forms. It also has many characters of whom we are very fond, including Jane, Maggie and Detective Smalley. Finally, the book contains certain despicable characters and others who are neither all bad nor all good.”
12) What made you both want to become writers?
“We were both early avid readers and started writing and dreaming at a young age.”
13) Do you both have day jobs in addition to be writers? If so, what do you do?
“Ken was a lawyer (and is now semi-retired). Anne was an editor before she became a full time writer and raised our three children.”
14) How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Here are our links:
Ken and Anne’s blog: http://www.randh71productions.com/blog
Ken and Anne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kenneth-Hicks-and-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-622272714477979
Praise Her, Praise Diana:
Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praise-her-praise-diana-anne-rothman-hicks/1120805267?ean=9781612359441
Weave A Murderous Web:
Barnes and Nobel” https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weave-a-murderous-web-anne-rothman-hicks/1123847239?ean=2940152901085
Melange Books LLC: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/web.html
Mind Me, Milady:
Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-me-milady-anne-rothman-hicks/1126178316?ean=9781680464382