Ask the Author: Alex Kava
“To celebrate the publication of my latest Maggie O'Dell novel, BEFORE EVIL, I'll be answering questions about the book and the series.” Alex Kava
Answered Questions (5)
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Alex Kava Is Yolie short for Yolanda? I have only one rule when looking for character names. I don't like to use the same first letter. So in my Maggie O'Dell novels you'll rarely see another character with "M" or "O". In the Ryder Creed novels, there's probably not going to be another character whose name begins with "R" or "C". I don't currently have any characters whose name begins with "Y," so I'll definitely add Yolanda to my list. Thanks, Yolie, for reading my books.
Alex Kava Absolutely! I'm working on LOST CREED right now. We'll finally have some idea of what happened to Creed's sister, Brodie, who disappeared fifteen years ago when she was eleven and Creed was fourteen. It's a gut-wrenching journey for Ryder. Maggie will be there alongside him. Release date will be February or March 2018. Thanks for asking, Jax. And for reading!
I'm just about to start on book 7 in the Maggie series. How do you come up with so many great and different ideas for Maggie and her life? She is such a complex character, strong but vulnerable, witty but serious at times, beautiful without wanting attention for it- do you draw inspiration for her from a real life person? I may delay book 7 and read Before Evil first- what do you think?! :) Thanks, B
Alex Kava That's a great question, Becca. In the beginning it was tough because I didn't know anyone in law enforcement. Since then, I've been lucky to get to know some incredible women in the field. One in particular told me early on (around Book 3) that Maggie was too serious and I needed to give her a sense of humor. I remember she also said, "We all have families and lives outside of the crimes we investigate." That stuck with me. I decided to give Maggie some things from myself: a dog, her love of college football and doughnuts. It probably sounds silly, but just those few things really made her character more real to me, and I hoped it would do the same for my readers. As for whether or not to read Book 7 or Before Evil, I like to believe each book can be enjoyed by itself. However, I think Before Evil definitely answered some questions for me as to what makes Maggie tick.
Alex Kava BEFORE EVIL is the prequel to my Maggie O'Dell FBI Profiler series. Readers have been asking to revisit the cat and mouse game between Maggie and Albert Stucky, aka the Collector. That's where the idea began, but as a I started writing I realized how much I wanted to explore Maggie's early career...before she became jaded and untrusting. Before she experienced the evil of someone like Albert Stucky.