New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Lisa Scottoline visited Barnes & Noble at Westfield Old Orchard on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. to discuss her new novel, “Betrayed.”
Reading: I’m in the midst of research, so I just finished a book called “The Sociopath Next Door” by Martha Stout. I read very widely — I’m just a big book fan, and I love to do research.
Listening: I just listened to my own audio book — it was wonderful. Maria Bello did the audio. I don’t get to hear that until late in the game. I know what’s in the book because I wrote it, but the audio doesn’t get produced until the end. I loved it, which is not always an experience I have. For my nonfiction memoirs I write with my daughter, we recorded that audio, and it gave me new appreciation for how difficult it is.
I’m just about to start listening to this podcast, “Serial.” It’s crime fiction. I love that stuff. I’m fascinated by that, by these questions, and that’s why I write about them.
Watching: I am embarrassed to say that I did not get to see “The Wire” the first time around. Now that I’m off deadline and about to start touring, I watched all five years of it. I thought it was amazing and great and deserved all the praise it got.
I have an office in my home and I have the TV on 24/7 — I can ignore it when I want to. I like to know what going on in the culture, and since my novels are so firmly set in contemporary America, it’s important to know. You have to live in the world.
Following: I really do read a lot of news. Pennsylvania’s had a real crisis of judicial corruption, and I’ve been following that pretty closely. I’m thinking about writing a book based on that — fiction. All the books I write are about justice.
“Betrayed” is about the murder of an undocumented person. What happens with that? Does it get investigated the same? There’s a lawlessness within the law. Undocumented people can’t call upon the police and don’t. It’s very interesting to see what people do in the absence of law and how that impacts their lives. Anything I read or follow or hear about feeds into whatever I’m writing.
Activity: My signings are fun. I do not read to anyone. What I like to do is get to know everyone — I’m pretty entertaining, and I’ll answer any questions. I like to talk about the writing process. I talk about the behind-the-scenes, the research for the book. It’s all about connection. I hug everybody. Expect to be hugged!
Eating: I’m in Whole Foods. I’m feasting on the samples of pumpkin cream cheese on some sort of cracker. It’s like pumpkin pie on a stick.
What is your favorite mistake? Last night I had three helpings of pasta with Rayo sauce. If I start eating pasta — three helpings. I’ve made that mistake often. That’s my all-time favorite mistake.