Monday, December 3, 2012

#BookChat The Tangled Web and why it's like Goldeneye #mystery

When top Caribbean reporter Lauren Anderson gets on the trail of a major story involving government ties to drug cartels, she steps into a world where nothing is as it seems.

From the author:
While I was writing The Tangled Web, I thought it would be cool to spend a few weeks at Goldeneye, once Ian Fleming’s Jamaican vacation home where he wrote many of the James Bond novels. Never mind that Goldeneye is now a very pricey luxury resort, just being there in that old house of Fleming’s would have been such inspiration. Why? Because The Tangled Web is very much in the same vein as Mr. Fleming’s thrillers – meaning at times I was being a bit flippant about drug trafficking, just as Ian Fleming was a tongue in cheek about the workings of British intelligence. There were guys like James Bond, though maybe not as capable of tumbling into the sack with a beautiful woman after escaping death by the skin of their teeth. And there are women like my notorious cocaine queen Maria Echevarría, though one of them was just assassinated and the other is in jail in Miami.

You may be surprised to hear this, but writing a novel was the last thing in the world I planned on doing. The Tangled Web was a fluke - just the way my 24-year career as an advertising copywriter happened by fluke. I was actually a fashion designer at the time I took up writing. Since then, there’s hardly a thing I haven’t written, or written about – Godiver chocolates, catalogs for department stores, embalming fluids for funeral homes (my first ad), speeches, TV and radio commercials, billboards, magazine articles, poetry. I won’t bore you with the whole list, not that I can remember it all anyway.

Like every author, I’m thrilled when readers say they’ve enjoyed my book. “Couldn’t put it down” is music to my ears. It doesn’t matter how many times I hear that, it still makes me ecstatic. I had a great time writing it, so it’s nice to know it’s enjoyed by someone. Though I confess I don’t have any profound messages buried in those pages. Profound messages don’t go with the territory of a suspense novel. But I have given readers something very unique. Whereas I’m not the only author to have used Jamaica as the setting for a novel, being originally from Jamaica I’m able to provide a rare insider’s view of the island. It also helps to have been to all the countries in The Tangled Web – that is all except Colombia where my character Maria runs a mean show.

Readers React:
Ms. Lane’s book reminds me of Helen McInnes’s wonderful espionage thrillers…I was hooked from the start by the exotic setting(s), international verbage/dialects, and the spy-novel type thrills that run rampant in The Tangled Web.” Aaron Lazar, mystery author

“Ahhh, the beautiful is enticingly beautiful and welcoming. J. P. Lane spends some time sharing that beauty in her narrative, but I noticed right away that she writes with that edgy tension that makes me realize that I'm going to be fast pulled into the action and adventure she's providing. And I wasn't disappointed!” Glenda Bixler, reviewer

“I highly recommend The Tangled Web by JP Lane for anyone who likes their romance spiced up with political intrigue that will keep them on the edge of their seats.” Dellani Oaks, author

“Some fall prey to the wiles of women while others fall prey to the brilliance of this author who weaves a dangerous plot…” Fran Lewis, author

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