James Rollins
July 2010
Author of the Month
Once again, Suspense Magazine has gotten the distinct honor to sit down with the super-author
of “The Last Oracle”—among many others—James Rollins and find out how things are going
with him.

James always has something in the works and this year is no different. This is a man on a
mission: to continually bring top-notch stories to the masses that continue to enthrall and
entertain us beyond our imaginations.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the interview:

Suspense Magazine (S. MAG.): Since we last talked “The Last Oracle” came out. What has
happened recently?

James Rollins (JR): Has it been that long? Then we have some catching up to do. Last year, three books debuted:
the first of a middle-school series of archaeological thrillers “Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow”, the
hardback release of “The Doomsday Key” along with the winter release of a stand-alone thriller, “Altar of
Eden”. So it was a busy year. This year is a game of catch-up, along with a couple of film projects in the pipeline.

S. MAG.: How much longer do we have to wait ‘til we see one of your books on the big screen?

JR: As mentioned above, there are a couple film projects in the works—one finished, one still to be completed—but
unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to talk about them yet. I can say: one is tied to the Sigma series.

S. MAG.: What is the last book you read for fun?

JR: Lee Child’s “61 Hours”. Next up: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin.

S. MAG.: What is the most asked question you receive from your fans?

JR: That would be the dreaded “where do you get your ideas from?” I think most authors fear this question
because we simply don’t know and probably we’re a little nervous to analyze that too closely. Fearful that if we
look too intently at the process, it will evaporate.

S. MAG.: What is the weirdest or most unusual thing that has happened at a book signing?

JR: I love weird and unusual. More please. But probably the most head-scratching moment was when my publicist
asked me to demonstrate how to neuter a dog using a stuffed animal. They filmed it, but never aired it. I personally
think they only filmed it to use it as blackmail.

S. MAG.: What is the one technology based item that you can’t live without now?

JR: My laptop. Working day-after-day in my office with my desktop gets claustrophobic after a while. The laptop
frees me to write on the run. I’ve written parts of novel during hiking trips, on dive boats and on five of the seven
continents. It’s how I recharge my batteries and get truckloads of inspiration.   

S. MAG.: Which one of your books would you like to go back and rewrite?

JR: That’s tough. I’ve certainly re-read some of my old novels and groaned at a line here and there. But would I
want to rewrite a novel? No, none of them. After spending a year writing a novel, the stories become concrete. It
would take a jack hammer (mentally) to take one of them apart. Plus I have so many new ideas and projects
bobbling around in my head that I don’t want to look back over my shoulder. When it comes to writing, I’d
rather look forward than backward.    

S. MAG.: Do you have an old novel written that has not been published? If so, will it?

JR: No. I was one of those very lucky authors who sold their first novel.  So nothing in the closet, except lots of
short stories and shoe boxes full of rejections.

S. MAG.: What does the future hold for James Rollins?

JR: Writing and more writing, of course. Beyond that, I’ve got some exciting new projects in the works. But first I’
ve got to house-train the new dog.

Suspense Magazine would like to thank James Rollins for freely giving of his time once again. We
can’t wait to see what’s on the shelves next! To learn more about James and his books, please
visit his website at
Suspense Magazine's Review
Writing plots and intricate
characters that virtually
reach out to snare like
tentacles, Rollins continues to
stagger us with his mind-
blowing style in the
introduction of his stand-
alone thriller, “Altar of
Eden”. Beautifully crafted
and set in the backcountry of
Louisiana, it only takes a
small squint of the eyes to
see the landscape unfurl as
Rollins' words progress.
When veterinarian Lorna
Polk is summoned to the
scene of an abandoned
shipwreck, she couldn’t have
prepared for the shock when
she encounters an individual
from her painful past and a
vessel crammed with exotic
animals. Each, a slightly
unnatural version of a
recognizable beast has an
obvious and extraordinary
intelligence. These animals—
now orphans of the storm—
are an incredible find even
after the collective realization
that a modern day monster,
a female jaguar with the
teeth of a saber tooth and a
hungry cub, is on the loose.
As the mission morphs into a
hunt for the beast, the
company that stands to lose
all is taking no prisoners and
leaving no evidence. They
will not allow anyone to
discover the truth behind
their life’s work even while it
threatens the very fabric of
our world.   
Teeming with creativity,
Rollins' mix of the wide-
ranging worlds of suspense
and science equal a perfect
cocktail to satisfy anyone’s
literary palette.