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Q&A with author Colleen Gleason

First of all Colleen, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself, and what got you into writing to begin with? I’ve been writing stories since I was very young, in elementary school (one of my first efforts was a version of my classmates and me in a Gilligan’s Island sort of story. It is long buried!) I wrote all through high school and college, but didn’t actually finish a book until after I’d graduated college and was working full time. I went on to write eight books in total, trying to sell each of them to a publisher, until I wrote and, with the help of my agent, sold my ninth book to a division of Penguin Books in late 2005. That book was released in 2007, and since then I’ve written and published eleven novels (five as Colleen Gleason, three as Colette Gale, and three as Joss Ware). Sometimes, I’m not sure who I am when I wake up in the morning!

On The To-Read Pile

I’m prepping myself to decide which book to read next. I’ve had a couple hanging around for a while now, while others are newly arrived this last week. Do I start with the newest, which excites me the most, or push myself to read one of the older titles? Hmm … decisions, decisions, decisions. • THE BOTTOMS — Joe R. Lansdale • THE MISSING INFORMANT — Anders de la Motte • EMBERS OF WAR — Gareth L. Powell • GLASS HOUSES — Louise Penny • BLACKLIGHT BLUE — Peter May • SILENT SCREAM — Angela Marsons • FEAR THE DARKNESS — Becky Masterman

Secrets of State, by Matthew Palmer

DETAILS Title: SECRETS OF STATE Author: Matthew Palmer Publisher: Putnam ISBN: 9780425281017 Genre: Mystery | Thriller BACKCOVER BLURB A former top expert at the State Department, Sam Trainor was forced out of the Washington establishment and into the private sector, working as an analyst for a consulting firm. As he struggles to adjust to a corporate, profit-driven version of the work that had been his life, he stumbles across an intelligence anomaly—the transcript of a phone conversation about upending the delicate political balance keeping India and Pakistan from all-out-war. Yet Sam knows that conversation can’t have occurred—because he is having an affair with one of the alleged participants, and they were together at the time of the call. As he digs into the source of this misinformation, he realizes there is more at stake than just bad intel. Someone is deliberately twisting the intelligence to stoke the simmering conflict between India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed rivals that have already fought multiple wars. And Sam’s new employer could be at the center of it. WHAT I THOUGHT …