Tuesday, August 30, 2016



Saudi Arabian prince, Husam al Saliba, hires Dru to find his missing wife, Reeve and daughter, Shahrazad. The investigation beginS when Husam tells of falling in love with Reeve, of turning his back on his ascendancy to the Saudi power structure for the woman he loves. He talks of his king’s disapproval of him marrying and siring an infidel. But does he really want to return to the good graces of the royal family and marry Aya and be an heir to kingship? Confused, Dru thinks she’s fallen into a fairy tale. After all, the prince is fond of reciting tales from the Arabian Nights. The investigation had just begun when Reeve’s parents, Lowell and Donna Cresley are killed. That brings the Atlanta police into the case and it’s soon evident infidelity abounds and everyone has something dreadful to hide.


Gerrie, how did you get started writing?
I went to journalism school and became a reporter/editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, until I retired to write fiction.

What's your favorite thing about the writing process?
Rewriting, polishing.

Do you have a writing routine?
Unless I’m on deadline, I write in the afternoon after my “morning work” is finished. If I sit down to write before then, my thoughts are interrupted by dishes in the sink, unmade beds, unfolded socks.

Do you write every day?
Mostly. Not on vacations or visits to family and friends. That’s when I catch up on my reading.

What do you think is hardest aspect of writing a book?
Getting the story from my head to written word.

What’s more important – characters or plot?
To me the plot is a character, but on the whole character. They must be alive, have beliefs, morals, no morals, in thought and deed.

What books do you currently have published?

I have six  in the Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Series: The End Game, The Last Temptation, The Devil Laughed, Murmurs of Insanity, Running with Wild Blood and the newly released American Nights. I have standalones: Whispering, The Ghost Ship, and Shooting the Dead.

What’s the oldest thing you own and still use?

Word 2003.

Is writing your dream job?

How often do you tweet?
Daily. Two to three times.

How do you feel about Facebook?
It’s fine for keeping in touch with family and friends, but hostile to self-promotion. An announcement of a new release, a book cover, is tolerated, but too many buy-my-books is not a good thing. I think people put too much of themselves out there, but that’s just my private opinion.

What scares you the most?
It’s never happened, but writer’s block. I take the advice of a sage who said: If you’ve written yourself in a corner, kill someone. Works for mystery, suspense and thrillers.

I like that advice. Would you make a good character in a book?

If I could write me as a character, yes. I believe no one see us like we see ourselves.

What’s one thing you never leave the house without?

A positive attitude.

What’s your favorite fast food?
MacDonald’s. The fries. We only eat there when we’re on the road.

What’s your favorite beverage?

What is one of your happiest moments?
The birth of my children and grandchildren.

What do you like to do when there’s nothing to do?

Where is your favorite place to visit?
The beach.

Do you give your characters any of your bad traits?
I do. Moriah Dru has a jealous streak, but she admits it.

Have you ever killed off a character fictionally, as revenge for something someone did in real life?
Don’t think so. But the subconscious is evil.

You have a personal chef for the night. What would you ask him to prepare?
Lobster Thermidor.

How do you like your pizza?
Double cheese.

What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?

A family collage.

If you had to choose a cliché about life, what would it be?
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

What are you working on now?
A book in a new series titled A Need for Vengeance.


Retired journalist for The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Gerrie Ferris Finger won the 2009 St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel for The End Game. The Last Temptation is the second in the Moriah Dru/Richard Lake series. She lives on the coast of Georgia with her husband and standard poodle, Bogey.

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