We’re delighted to host New York Times Bestselling author, JA Jance on Rogue Women Writers. You’ll love reading her inside scoop on Field of Bones. And at the end, there’s a personal note from JA Jance, along with links where you can pick up autographed copies! Enjoy!
FIELD OF BONES
By JA Jance
Spoiler alert: In this book JOANNA HAS THE BABY! It’s a girl!
|FOB out Sept. 4, 2018|
Where did this book come from? One of the characters, Latisha Marcum, showed up in my head and wouldn’t go away. She is by turns naive, tough, resilient, brave, stubborn, and ultimately believably triumphant. The thing is, she didn’t go away even after I finished writing the book. A week or so after I completed the manuscript, I had a dream about Latisha in which the two of us sat down and had a long conversation. I knew I was the writer. She had no idea. It’s the first and only time in all my years of being a writer that I actually dreamt about one of my characters.
Most of the action in FOB, as we call it around here, takes place in the corner of Arizona that stretches from Douglas east to the New Mexico border, right along with the border with Mexico. People in Cochise County routinely refer to those two entities as New Mexico and Old Mexico respectively. Whenever I make that differentiation in one of my books, I receive E-MOOs (E-mails of Outrage) explaining in high dudgeon that there’s no such thing as Old Mexico. Sometimes, however, that’s what you get to do when you write regional books—you get to BE regional.
That seemingly empty corner of Arizona comes loaded with history. Skeleton Canyon in the Peloncillo Mountains is where Geronimo surrendered. The Mormon Battalion passed through Skeleton Canyon, too, where they found the terrain so steep that they had to disassemble their wagons and raise and lower them and their livestock by using a block and tackle. And it was here in the San Bernardino Valley that Texas John Slaughter lived and ranched while also serving as the Sheriff of Cochise County. I find Arizona endlessly fascinating, and I hope my readers do, too.
One of the advantages of writing a series is watching as a character evolves over time. We’ve seen Joanna’s daughter, Jenny, grow up before our eyes. In this book, she’s off to college. Not only is Joanna juggling two little ones in FOB, a kindergartener and a newborn, she’s also struggling with a new role in life. In the previous book, Downfall, she was preoccupied with the details of losing her mother and stepfather and with planning Eleanor’s and George’s joint funeral and memorial services. Now she’s stepping out as the “older generation.” She’s now the grownup in the room because she has to be. Let’s see how she handles it.
Enjoy, and happy Dog Days of Summer.
JA Jance, thank you so much for stopping by! We wish you well, and hope your shoulder is better soon. We’re looking forward to reading Field of Bones.
So, Rogue Readers, do you have a favorite book by JA Jance?