Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush, New York Times bestselling authors of “Wicked Ways,” discuss the book and give us their top binge worthy series.
Nancy Bush: Fans have been clamoring for Wicked Ways, the fourth book in the Colony Series which we write together. What do you think makes the series so popular?
Lisa Jackson: The Colony Series is just fun. There’s a lot of mystery, a bit of romance and a hint of paranormal running through all the stories. Each of the heroines in the books has a special gift, and a bit of some kind of ESP which is a blessing as well as a curse. These gifts help her find love, solve mysteries and get into a whole lot of trouble. Come on, who doesn’t love a story about a secretive cult?
NB: In Wicked Ways, the action moves from the Oregon coast to Southern California. Do you think the series still retains its creep factor?
LJ: Oh, yes. Even though the setting is different, the climate changes from the foggy forests of coastal Oregon, the mood is still creepy. There’s a mystery to be solved and explanations needed for the unexplained. Wicked Ways is definitely another thrill ride.
NB: You’ve written a number of series: The New Orleans series with Bentz and Montoya, the Montana series with Pescoli and Alvarez, and the Savannah series with Gillette and Reed. There’s also the Colony series that we write together, and we’ve got a second Wyoming ranch story coming out after last year’s Sinister which you and I wrote with our friend, Rosalind Noonan. Sheesh. How do you keep them all straight?
LJ: I have help, of course. Not only do you and another person read the books, but my editor knows them inside out as I’ve worked with him for a couple of decades. There are also my cheat sheets, actually character/place/event rosters that keep me on the straight and narrow. These rosters actually refer to book and page number so I can reread passages if I’m a little muddy. It’s complicated, but it’s fun!
NB: Do you prefer writing series books or stand-alone novels?
LJ: I like is to mix it up a bit. I love the familiar characters and settings of my series. I, like my readers, want to know what’s next for my heroes and heroines. Right now, I’m working on Never Die Alone, the next in the Detectives Montoya/Bentz New Orleans series; it’s great to catch up with the guys. I like to pepper in a stand-alone novels now and again so I can meet new characters, create new back stories, and visit new places. It keeps the creative juices flowing. (Always a good thing for a writer!)
NB: Wicked Ways was a lot of fun to put together. What do you think? Will the series go to book five?
LJ: That’s a good question. We’re thinking of taking a break from the series, at least for a while. As you know, we’ve got a couple of ideas percolating that require a new setting and characters, but I never say never because I’ve learned the hard way it’s a bad idea.
Sue Grafton’s “alphabet series” is one my favorites. I love a good whodunit. I’ve read C Is For Corpse multiple times.
I’ve torn through all of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice books several times as well as watched the HBO series even though I neve thought I was a big fan of fantasy. Turns out, he’s made me a believer.
Of course I love my sister’s books, and I have a tendency to think my favorite series is the one which I’ve most recently read! With that in mind, I’m looking forward to the book she’s writing now, Never Die Alone, the next installment in the New Orleans series with Bentz and Montoya, due out next summer.
Lisa Jackson's favorite “binge-worthy” series/books are…
I’m a big fan of Michael Connelly so I’ve kept up with Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller of The Lincoln Lawyer fame.
My editor introduced me to books by Linwood Barclay, and although they aren’t exactly a series, a lot of them are set in the same fictitious town of Promise Falls, where familiar characters pop-up into different books.
I’ve also read a lot of Kathy Reichs and her Temperance Brennan series, I love forensic investigations.
It goes without saying I read Nancy Bush. I love the “Nowhere” series! The fact some of the characters connect to our Wicked/Colony series doesn’t hurt a bit.