Yes, as those of you who read the most recent post may have realized by now, it’e2’80’99s the first of April, which makes it time for Ask Laurie.

Send in your questions, I’e2’80’99ll see if I can get them all answered before the first of May rolls around’e2’80’a6

About the spam question’e2’80’94I’e2’80’99m happy to have anonymous posts, and I don’e2’80’99t care about the length, so long as they are vaguely on topic or related to the books. I don’e2’80’99t mind critical comments on LRK if they’e2’80’99re constructive, although mere rudeness I tend to delete. It’e2’80’99s just that enormous posts about life in the 1500s or funny quizzes, although interesting, might better be used in a blog of your own. (And if I can manage to set one up, I’e2’80’99m sure you can, too.) Your comments are interesting, ‘e2’80’9cAnonymous,’e2’80’9d it’e2’80’99s just that the rest of the community seems to prefer that we all stay a bit more focused.

And while we’e2’80’99re clearing up back issues’e2’80’94about the ARC giveaway: Really, it’e2’80’99s a random draw, as random as I with my slips of paper marked 0-9 can make it. So the male-female ratio and the no-overseas winners are mere chance (last year’e2’80’99s giveaway had two or three going to Europe, and more than half to women.) Blame the Fates, not malice aforethought.

I’e2’80’99ll also mention that the winner for last Monday is in chemo for lung cancer. And yes I know the studies indicate there is no benefit from the prayer of others, if you wish to direct positive thoughts to Jim in Sacramento, it sure can’e2’80’99t hurt.

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  1. bani on April 2, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    Will be thinking of Jim! I’m glad he won. And on a more selfish note, nice to see I’ve got a chance in the book draw. 🙂

    Will it help if I bribe you with Swedish chocolate, Laurie?

  2. Anonymous on April 2, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    I was disappointed to read the results of the studies showing prayer doesn’t have as much effect as previously thought — but if we wait a few months/years, I guess another study will come around showing that yes, it does work. And, as LRK says, how could it hurt.

    When I had surgery for endometrail cancer, I sent out an email to everyone I knew and asked for prayers — must have worked, as I recovered quickly, and, as a prime consumer of fast food and cholcolate, it couldn’t have been my diet — could it?

    I’ll keep Jim in my prayers.

  3. Anonymous on April 2, 2006 at 10:28 pm

    Are we going to see any more Martinelli books in the future? And why was there a six year period between Nightwork and the art of detection?

  4. Erin on April 2, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Yay! Question time! I reread BEEK for the sixth time (Mary Russell is my finals week inspiration) so I thought of a question in the middle of March and have been waiting=)

    Was writing OH JERUSALEM any easier or faster compared to your other novels? With the skeletal outline for it already set up in BEEK, I mean. It seems like it could have gone either way: on the one hand the outline is already there so you know where the story is going, but on the other hand you have to stick with an outline that you’ve already given to readers, which would limit what you could do with the plot.

  5. riobonito on April 2, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    My question; Will Beekeeper’s A. be made into a movie? Thanks Laurie~

    Jim, I’m praying for you!

  6. Mousie on April 3, 2006 at 12:04 am

    Huzzah! I didn’t miss out because of Encampment!

    I have two questions. I hope that’s all right.
    1) What is in the “warm and slimy” skin dye Holmes uses on Russell in Beekeeper’s?
    2) You have told us what Holmes and Russell like in music, but what are your musical tastes?

  7. Anonymous on April 3, 2006 at 2:45 am

    I thought studies showed prayer did help…hmm.

    What made you pick theology as the focus of Mary’s studies (other than it being the focus of your own studies, if anything)?

  8. AlyssC01 on April 3, 2006 at 7:03 am

    Will definitively be thinking of Jim! Take heart!!

    Gosh. Question. I had so many and now that I have to work my mind i have so few…

    Firstly, what makes your publishers decide where to send your books or is to to do with which countries order them? We have a very big problem obtaining LRK’s here and I was just wondering how to solve the problem.
    Secondly, what made you take the chance to write Mary Russel? Sherlock Holmes is one of the most loved and famous classic characters of fiction. It was a big chance that you took too write this. HOw did you think the public would react to it?

    Thank you for everything!!!

  9. 2maple on April 3, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    How could anything bad come from wishing someone well (in all senses of the word)?

    Jim, keep you chin up and don’t let the pessimists get you down!

  10. Anonymous on April 4, 2006 at 2:01 am

    Hope it’s not too late to post a question! I’m always so impressed by how realistic the settings feel (though not being around in turn of the century England, I can’t really say for the Russell series) How do you manage to capture the smaller nuances and local history of a certain location? Do you just take extended trips, or do you try to live in a place for awhile first?

  11. Anonymous on April 4, 2006 at 2:06 am

    Hi Laurie,

    I have to admit, your books are part of the reason I became interested in criminology (I’m now at University), so thank you for inspiring myself and other like-minded people! My question is: if you weren’t a writer, what other occupation(s) do you think you would choose? Thanks!

  12. Kerowyn on April 4, 2006 at 10:41 pm

    I suppose the Questions queue is closed for the month, but I’ll toss this one out anyway.

    What was Russell up to during the Influenza epidemic? Of course, she and Holmes were otherwise occupied for most of it, but those weeks on the Continent in 1919 would be promising.

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