In this Q & A feature, Stephen answers questions about The Prostitutes’ Ball, how he writes and researches his novels, Shane Scully’s new partner Sumner Hitchens, guest star appearances on the ABC-TV show Castle and more!
Without giving away any spoilers, what is “The Prostitutes’ Ball” about? Is there a real-life subculture of Hollywood power players and high-priced call girls in Los Angeles? Your Shane Scully novels are full of police procedure and inside cop lingo, how do you research your books? When you write a mystery, how do you deconstruct a crime, give the reader clues throughout the book, without giving away too much too early? How do you pace it? Why did you decide to pair Shane Scully up with a new partner, Sumner “Hitch” Hitchens? How does having a partner change or affect Shane Scully, who often works alone? Will Shane and Hitch be working together again as partners in a future novel? In The Prostitutes’ Ball, “Hitch” is as interested in selling the crime story as he is in solving it. Do you think this mentality may exist in real life with some police officers? Can you tell us what it was like guest-starring on ABC-TV’s “Castle” with fellow authors Michael Connolly and James Patterson?