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PRESS RELEASE: JEFF ABBOTT, JANUARY 31, 2018, GEORGETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."
Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.
In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “
A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.
He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.
The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.
A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
I think most of us knew before the meeting that she grew up in a cult and didn't have any formal education past the sixth grade. When she finally left the cult it was really a coin toss for her husband and herself to decide who would go to work and who would stay home to take care of children. She shopped at garage sales for household items and clothing and also bought things, including books, to sell on Ebay. She starting reading the books, especially about business, but was hooked when she read a book by Robert Ludlum (Bourne Identity). She decided to try her hand at writing her own book,
Long story short, she finished the book, found an agant, was published and had a bestseller. The original plan was 3 Vanessa Monroe books, but that has turned into 5, plus an ebook and plans for more books. She writes 4 or 5 days a week and usually has a loose outline for the direction of a book so she can spend more time developing the characters.
Her book, the Innocent, draws the most from her experience growing up and her ebook, the Vessel, is her favorite right now. When she is writing she uses experts to make sure that her characters are accurate in their actions, and travels to locations to get a real feel for the place. Taylor says "You can look at pictures, but they don't show you how a place smells."
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