Questions & Answers
How did you make your contacts in the FBI, and how forthcoming are they about how the Bureau works?Alex:I was having a chat with a wonderful crime writer and happened to say that I really needed to speak with an FBI agent for my next novel, which would have been the first in the Ren Bryce series – Blood Runs Cold. He had a contact in the FBI, who kindly passed on his number. After that it all went through official channels, which surprised me, because I didn’t think I would get that access.
If your book was turned into a movie, who would play Ren?Alex:
Eva Mendes is borderline too good-looking. But that shouldn’t stop her…
What kind of research do you do?Alex:I read – books, reports, studies, online articles. If there are documentaries on the subject, I’ll watch them. I spend time in the places I write about. But, the most important part of my research is talking to the experts in the field. I may come across their name in a report or in a book, and then I will approach them to help me with my research. I run the plot by them, and ask more questions than a person should ever be asked. Luckily, the generosity of all these experts has been wonderful.