Allison Brennan
Theodore Glenn loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims and on
those who later find the mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago,
Glenn vowed vengeance on Detective Will Hooper, the cop who
nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose
testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets Glenn free, he blazes a freshly
bloodied path across San Diego County. But the death he craves most
is Robin McKenna’s.

Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect
Robin, now a savvy businesswoman operating an upscale club. As the
killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and Will
become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is
even worse: The evil they are to face is even deadlier than they fear.
Killing Fear is the newest book by Allison Brennan, it
is the first book in her Prison Break Series.  
The Hunt, The Prey and The Kill,
the first series written by Allison.  
This series will keep you on the
edge of your seat.  
Tempting Evil is the 2nd
book in the Prison Break
Trilogy.  This book is to be
released on May 20, 2008.  
After reading Killing Fear,
May 20th can't get here
fast enough.  Mark your
calendars!!
Allison Brennan's Exclusive Interview:
What is your all time favorite book and why? (not yours)

THE STAND by Stephen King. It has everything a great book should have--strong, flawed, real characters; high stakes; great
writing; strong sense of time and place. I also love epic stories of good versus evil.

When working on a book like Killing Fear, how many times do you change up the story after you begin writing?

This is a hard question because I don't plan out my stories. I have the premise and main characters in mind and start writing.
Since I edit as I go, if I go off in the wrong direction I generally figure it out within a couple scenes, backtrack, and go down
another path.

I rewrite the beginning (first 150 pages or so) about three times before I can get beyond that point.

Do you have any superstitions before you start a novel or when you finish?

Not really . . . I have a few writing "habits" that might be considered superstitious. I have to write linearly--no skipping around. I
always type THE END when I'm done. And I never read the book once it's published. I'm going to have to do this before I start
my next book because I'm taking a character from FEAR NO EVIL and I have to remember what I wrote about him. He was
my hero's twin brother, but I don't remember if he was the older twin or the younger twin; I also don't remember what details I
gave about his life. I don't want to contradict myself! But I've been putting it off as long as I can.


When talking with a lot of authors there is always a great story on how they got their first book published, do
you have a story also?

My story I think is pretty standard. I found an agent with my fifth completed manuscript (THE PREY) and she sold it to
Ballantine. The only thing that might be a little out of the ordinary is that we sold in five days--Kim pitched the book on Thursday
and we had a pre-emptive offer on Tuesday. The other interesting fact is that originally I had a two-book contract. About six
months after the sale, I still didn't have a contract even though the first book was in production (at the copyediting stage.) My
editor called my agent and wanted to add a third book to the deal, push back publication six months, and release three books in
consecutive months.

Since your FBI research for your new upcoming series, have you thought about writing a non-fiction book on true
crime?

I have always loved to read true crime. I'm a huge fan of Ann Rule, Vincent Bugliosi, and Gregg Olsen (who also writes fiction.) I
read IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote when I was thirteen and was hooked. I don't know that I can do the subject justice.
If I were to write something in that realm, it wouldn't be about one specific case. I think I'd like to explore a series of similar cases,
such as on-line predators, or perhaps gather some people in law enforcement to revisit some of there most disturbing or shocking
cases and how it impacted them. But I haven't seriously looked into this.

If you could go back in time and solve any mystery for yourself, what would it be?

I'm not much of a historian. But there was a case locally that has bothered me from the beginning. In October of 2006,
Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Mitchell was shot and killed when making a late night traffic stop on a quiet country
road. The suspect is still at large. I would very much like to solve that case.

You have written two trilogies, (Predator and No Evil, while working on Prison Break), which trilogy would
you like to see as a TV Series or a Movie Series?

Since my trilogies are loosely connected, they really wouldn't make a good series--they have different villains and protagonists. Out
of all my books, it's my novella "Deliver Us From Evil" in the anthology WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE that I think has the most
cinematic potential. From my books. Out of the nine books I've written (seven are out, two are done and in the process of being
published), it's the upcoming TEMPTING EVIL which takes place during a blizzard in Montana's Centennial Valley. A romance
writer is trapped in her family's lodge with a psychopath. It has a stronger sense of place than most of my other books because the
setting is important to the story. Out of the books already on the shelves, I think THE HUNT or SEE NO EVIL would make the
best movies.

I believe that the villian in the story is what makes a great story. Do you put more thought into the villian or
the hero?

Christopher Vogler said, "The villain is the hero of his own journey." I take that to heart and make sure that the villain has a solid
and understood backstory, strong motivation, clear goals, and internal conflict. A weak villain is no fun--it makes the hero seem
incompetent. But the hero is who the reader most identifies with, so it's important
to fully develop him/her as well.

But it's easier for me to understand the motivations of law enforcement than villains, so I spend more time trying to understand
my villains so they become more real on the page.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and talk with for one hour?

Hard question! Hmm. John Adams is the first that comes to mind. I've always had a fascination with early American history
leading into the revolution.

Is there a historical killer (jack the ripper, ted bundy, etc.) that you would consider bringing back in a fictional
setting?

In the early 1800s two cousins named Harpe roamed Tennessee and Kentucky, killing for fun and profit. They were brutal and
had no remorse or conscience. I've wanted to write a western-set historical novel for some time loosely based on their history.
March 2008 Author of the Month