About BLIND CURVE:
- If you will, please take a moment to share with us a
brief outline of BLIND CURVE.
BLIND CURVE is about undercover cop Danny Sinofsky,
who suddenly loses his sight in the middle of a weapons bust. A man
who has always looked out for himself, he now can’t cross a room without help.
Furious and frustrated, he’d almost rather die than live
this way--and someone is more than willing to grant him his wish. Refusing to
admit his condition might be permanent, he reluctantly to accepts lessons
from rehab instructor, Martha Crowe. Martha has
spent a lifetime hiding her emotions behind a calm, practical façade, and she
is sure drop dead gorgeous Danny doesn’t remember her, the plain girl from high
school. When she witnesses an attack on his life, she is drawn into the
danger that surrounds him. Thrown into a safe house, she nags, cajoles and extorts
Danny to face his disability, while he pushes back, forcing her to face her
own pain--the anguish she’s always felt over her lack of physical beauty. Their
lives soon depend on this fragile connection . . . and their ability to combine
Danny’s razor-sharp instincts with Martha’s eyes and move as one. Danny
starts to see Martha’s courage and passion, and she comes to respect the grit-your-teeth
determination Danny brings to the new challenges he must face--including protecting
her from an unknown but relentless killer.
- For the first time reader of your works, are there any
books that should be read before this title to give the reader a greater insight
to the characters or relationships in this story?
This is a stand alone book, although it’s set in the fictional town of Sokanan,
where my previous book, TELL ME NO LIES, is also set. The hero of TELL ME NO
LIES, Hank Bonner, is a secondary character in BLIND CURVE, but the stories
are not connected. I also have two other books on my backlist: DEAD RINGER and
LIKE A KNIFE. Neither are set in Sokanan, or are connected.
- As a police officer that suddenly loses his sight in
the midst of an operation, Detective Danny (Sin) Sinofsky is an intriguing,
but uncommon character. Was there a particular event or experience in your
own life that inspired Danny’s unusual circumstances?
If anything, I was more inspired by my heroine, Martha, the plain girl who
was teased in school about how she looked. Our culture places huge value on
female beauty and as a result, many women are insecure about their looks. I
could relate. I’m sure others can, too. Why else are shows such as Extreme Makeover
and The Swan so popular?
The inspiration for Danny was a bit more calculated. I have a friend who is
a mobility instructor and I thought that was fascinating. I’m always on the
lookout for book ideas and thought this would be interesting. I write suspense,
so I needed some kind of law enforcement type. And so Danny was born.
- Martha Crowe is Danny’s new mentor, charged with the
task of teaching the hardheaded detective the life skills that he must learn
to live without his sight. What kind of research was involved in establishing
her as a knowledgeable professional in her field?
Quite a lot for me. I spent time at a rehabilitation center, where I spoke
with blind and visually impaired students and instructors, sat in on classes,
ate lunch, and got a sense of that world. The experience was amazing, wonderful,
and eye-opening, no pun intended… Life does go on and losing your sight doesn’t
mean you have to lose your independence. In addition, I talked with a rehab
counselor, let my mobility instructor friend blindfold me, show me how to navigate
my home and how to use a cane. And I made frequent use of a rehab textbook.
- In BLIND CURVE, you use a variety of dialogues including
“street language” and “police lingo”. Do you feel that using these specific
types of dialogue is more important in establishing the reality of the characters,
the settings, or both equally?
How people talk is an expression of character for me. Every job has its own
lingo, its own jargon, known only to those on the inside--from cooking Kentucky
Fried Chicken, where chicken breasts are called “keels,” to working the streets,
like Danny does. The slang makes it real, because that’s how people talk. I
actually never thought about the dialog affecting setting. I guess it helps
in world-building, but I think that’s only a by-product of making your characters
**SPOILER QUESTION -- skip this if you haven't read the
- In my experience as a reader of romance with (sometimes incredulous) happy
endings, I was a pleasantly surprised by BLIND CURVE. Many authors may have
been tempted to wrap everything up neatly and give Danny the miracle he was
hoping for—why didn’t you?
I thought it would be cheating, plain and simple. Especially after I met so many
blind people who were happy and productive, or learning how to be. Frankly, I
was more tempted to give Martha her miracle. In fact, my first version included
a new face for Martha, but my editor wisely talked me out of it! Although neither
miracle happens, the ending is still a happy one for both the characters and the
reader. Maybe that’s the true miracle…
- With so many interesting supporting characters already introduced in this
story, there is a great deal of room for further development and open storylines.
Can we expect to see the return of a few old friends in upcoming titles?
If I ever get it finished(!!!) my next book is about Danny’s federal agent
friend, Jake Wise. And I have an idea for a book involving his sister, Beth
and his cop buddy, Mike. I enjoy writing about Sokanan, and hope to have more
books set there down the road.
About the Author ANNIE SOLOMON
- It’s pretty well known that you’re an avid knitter –
what made you want to learn this skill, and what’s your favorite item to knit?
Both my mother and one of my sisters are knitting fiends and I was home one
summer and every time I turned around there they were, clacking those needles.
I finally threw up my hands and said, teach me. Scarves are relaxing, easy,
mindless projects, so I enjoy that. I’m learning how to make socks, and finding
that fun, too. I just finished my first pair. One sock was two inches longer
than the other…
- When you put down the pen (and knitting needles), what
do you do to unwind and give yourself a break?
I’m a big TV addict. I love the soaps and the scifi channel. I knit and watch,
so I combine my two obsessions.
- If you suddenly found out that you couldn’t be an author
anymore, what would your next career choice be? Why?
I think I’d do something with religion, another obsession of mine. I was thinking
about going back to school when I sold my first book, LIKE A KNIFE. It would
have been for a Masters in Religious Studies at the Vanderbilt Divinity School.
- Who inspires you?
My husband. He’s the glass half full to my half empty. He gives me perspective
and balance. And he makes me laugh.
On Writing & Being an Author:
- Your first book, LIKE A KNIFE, was many years in the
making before it was actually published. Do you feel that it made you a better,
or more determined author, to have this experience?
I’d like to derive something positive from it, but I don’t think in those terms.
That was just my journey.
- As an author, has your writing style or technique changed
much since your first novel? If so, how and why?
I think so. A bit. I’m more down the center of the
page now. More dialog. Less purple prose.
- It’s been noted that you write with a method of plotting
your outlines carefully to establish your characters and storylines and how
they will flow together. Do your characters always behave and do what you
expected, or do they sometimes surprise you and go their own way?
Don’t know exactly where I said I plot my outlines carefully. I don’t think
of myself as a careful plotter. I didn’t outline my first or second books,
LIKE A KNIFE and DEAD RINGER. I did a fast synopsis for TELL ME NO LIES that
contained all the high points, but never did one for BLIND CURVE. I’ve got one
for the new book, and will probably try to do one from now on. But in answer
to your question…yes, the characters do sometimes surprise me. For example,
at first I had no idea what my BLIND CURVE hero’s name would be. With my deadline
approaching, I couldn’t wait around to figure it out, so I started writing using
a different name, even though I knew it wasn’t right. I rewrote the first scene
several times, was never happy with it. Finally I got the undercover buy back
idea with Danny working undercover to buy a gun from a street kid. He has to
introduce himself, and out of nowhere, this name came out of his mouth--Danny
Sinofsky. I swear, I didn’t think it up. Danny did it himself. And the name
was perfect. I guess because it was his…
- Do you have a specific schedule of time that you dedicate
I’m a morning person, so I like to write in the morning. Some days it takes
all day to get my pages out, though.
- Many authors have a preferred writing environment, i.e.
certain types of music playing, a specific location, etc. What’s yours?
I find noise of any kind (except maybe the washer and dryer, which are outside
my office) distracting. I have a tiny office in my home that’s covered in paper
and books and notebooks. I feel comfortable there surrounded by the mess.
- Do you feel like advertising and self-promotion elements
are as important as your writing in achieving your career goals? Why or why
Of course, nothing beats writing the best book possible. But I also think advertising
is vital, but then I’m an ex ad writer. Unfortunately, it’s time consuming and
costly. And it’s too early in my career to know whether or not it works for
- In closing, if you were going to provide only one piece
of advice to an aspiring writer, what would it be?
Well, I’m not too big on advice. Each of us has a different process and a different
path. I can only repeat some of the lessons I learned in mine: Write (You can’t
be a writer unless you do). Collect rejections (because that’s the only way
you know your stuff is out there). Oh, and listen to your husband (especially
when he tells you you’re being too hard on yourself…you usually are.)