MEET THE AUTHOR:
Speak No Evil is a complete departure for you; after 16 books, why a romantic suspense?
Most people don’t know this, but the very first book I started writing was romantic suspense, although being a naïve young writer, I didn’t realize that’s what I was writing! I never finished it, however, because I fell in love with a Judith McNaught novel and it sent me on a 16-book jag writing Historical Romances. I do plan to write more histor
icals, but romantic suspense gives me the opportunity to write about contemporary issues we all face every day—with an edge, of course!
What’s the most frightening aspect of the research for Speak No Evil?
Hands down, it was the profiling research I did for serial killers. There was one case study that just blew me away. I had the idea that serial killers fit neatly into a profile. They really don’t. Donald “PeeWee” Gaskins, for example (who happened to be living and killing in Charleston while I was a young—yikes!) had no true M.O. In fact, he had different reasons for killing: he killed for money, revenge, some were racially motivated, and he also killed to “quiet the voices in his head.” I actually recall when they discovered the mass grave in his backyard. If his body count is to be believed, he’s one of the most prolific serial killers in the U.S. Terrifying!
Charleston seems such an idyllic setting, why Charleston?
It is idyllic, but it’s also has a creepy factor. Charleston is full of alleys, old buildings, ruins, swamps, old cemeteries, and has a very genteel image that serves as a wonderful juxtaposition for a darker story.
Do you consider Speak No Evil a hardcore romantic suspense?
No, though the suspense is definitely foremost in the story. But the story behind the story is the healing of an estranged family. Speak No Evil really allowed me to explore the dysfunctions of family life—I mean really delve into it.
Would you say The Aldridge’s family dysfunctions are normal?
Yes and no; what is normal, right? The Aldridge dysfunction is a bit larger than life, but I don’t think I’ve met a single person who is free of dysfunction. We’re human, with foibles, but I believe it’s what we do with those foibles that define who we are. I also believe good people don’t always do the right thing and that bad people don’t always do the wrong thing. Nothing is ever black and white so there will be times you’ll want to just shake Caroline Aldridge.
“Dangerously addicting.”--Sherrilyn Kenyon #1 New York Times bestselling author
Lifting the veil of secrecy on a grand Southern family in decline, author Tanya Anne Crosby explores the lives of Caroline, Augusta, and Savannah Aldridge, three sisters who share a dark past and an uncertain future...
Caroline Aldridge was surprised by the number of mourners at her mother’s funeral. Evidently the newspaper heiress who had caused her children so much pain was well-loved by everyone else in Charleston. Now she was gone, leaving behind countless secrets—and a few demands: Caroline and her sisters must live together for one year or lose their inheritance. And Caroline must take over The Tribune. But a killer is making headlines, and Caroline may have unwittingly stepped into the crosshairs...
A series of kidnappings and murders resurrect the sisters’ memories of their brother’s disappearance as a child—and Caroline fears she may be next. Yet in the midst of her turmoil, she may be rekindling a romance she’d extinguished long ago. With Jack back in her life and the tattered bonds of sisterhood slowly mending, Caroline hopes the family can restore its position in Charleston society—unless a sinister force beyond their control tears them apart forever…
"Crosby serves up suspense, secrets and Southern
scandal like no one else!” - Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times