Cheryl Crane interview with ChicagoPride.com
Wed. August 31, 2011 by PJ Gray
Author Cheryl Crane talks Hollywood glamour, murder and mystery
PJ: What is the most difficult part of mystery writing?
CC: I believe that it is keeping the reader in suspense about who did it. I know when I read mysteries (which I adore) if I figure it out in the middle then I usually put the book down and don't finish it.
PJ: How different are you from your main character Nikki Harper?
CC: There are differences…she is younger, she is a redhead, and she is straight.
PJ: Hollywood was full of secrets during the time of your mother's career. Do you think that has changed in today's more transparent media landscape?
CC: With the 24-hour coverage of today's world, secrets don't stay secret very long. Also the Studios would protect their Stars and keep a lot of things from the press. That is no longer the way things are done.
PJ: Your book's story revolves around the mysterious and scandalous death of a Hollywood actor. How can someone with a "Hollywood history" keep their private life private?
CC: Move to Zanzibar!!!
PJ: What's next for Nikki Harper?
CC: The title of the second book is "Imitation of Death" and will have some very interesting characters.
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