The Big Blog Hop

Tricia Tierney has been kind enough to ask me to participate in what has become known as a “blog tour” or “blog hop.”  Authors answer ten questions about a book they’re working on or one they’ve already written.  Then they tag another author to answer questions about their book.  Hopefully, the chain continues.  Anyway, you get the idea.

As for Tricia, she’s not only a talented writer.  She’s one heck of a fascinating woman.  Her life has been like one of those romantic adventure films that we all love to watch.  The difference is that Tricia has actually lived it.  Fittingly, she’s at work on what is sure to be a terrific memoir and I can’t wait to read it!

Below are my answers to the ten questions.  I’ve tagged Pamela Beason to keep the chain going!

What is the working title of your book? Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler

Where did the idea come from for the book? The idea actually came from a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who called one day and said, “You’re not going to believe the crazy case we just worked on.”  It turns out he was right.  It was so outrageous that no one would have believed the story if it had been written as fiction.

What genre does your book fall under? The book is narrative nonfiction.

Which actors would you choose to play you in a movie rendition? Jessica Chastain.  She’s not only a redhead but tall and slim.  In addition, she has much better taste in fashion.  What’s not to like?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A real-life thriller that takes a look into the seedy underbelly of illegal butterfly trading, the downfall of the “Indiana Jones” of the butterfly world, and the rookie Fish & Wildlife agent who put his life on the line to stop him.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? My book was published by William Morrow.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The first draft took nine months.  Hmm—I hadn’t thought about that.  Then I polished like mad.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It has been compared to The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.  Needless to say, I stand in awe of her.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? Writing is my way of trying to bring attention to the enormity of the illegal wildlife trade.  The loss of a species even as small as a butterfly can have a tremendous impact on our environment.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The book ultimately deals with obsession, lust and greed.  Obsession comes in many forms.  While working on this book, I became obsessed with meeting the butterfly smuggler Yoshi Kojima.  I traveled undercover to Japan where I managed to track him down.  Yoshi Kojima is certainly the king of butterfly smugglers.  However, he’s also a fascinating man.

Now let me introduce you to Pamela Beason.

Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator. When she’s not lurking behind a computer or in the shadows, she explores the natural world on foot, in cross-country skis, in her kayak, or underwater scuba diving. She’s the author of the Summer Westin eco-mystery series (Endangered, Bear Bait, and Undercurrents so far), as well as The Only Witness, the first mystery in a new Neema the Gorilla series, and romantic suspense novels Shaken and Call of the Jaguar. Pamela’s writing has earned her multiple prizes, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, recommendations from Suspense Magazine, and First Place and Grand Prize in the 2012 Chanticleer Book Contest.



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