Jan St. Marcus

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Jan St. Marcus Hi Lisa,

Thank you for your kind comments. I'm very glad you liked the book!

I recently lost my brother and that experience was forefront in my mind as…more
Hi Lisa,

Thank you for your kind comments. I'm very glad you liked the book!

I recently lost my brother and that experience was forefront in my mind as I crafted the character of Michelangelo. He wasn't my twin, but it felt like it sometimes. He was my favorite person in the whole world. Funny story about that...A couple of years ago, I was visiting him in DC and I blurted out that he was my favorite person in the whole world. He looked at me like he was surprised. I just repeated it and he rushed over to me and gave me a big hug.

Anyway, when he passed, I realized that there was nobody in the whole world who knew me as well as he did--and nobody who I had known longer. We were best friends for his whole life and all but 2 years of mine...

As I was writing Damaged Hearts, those emotions were always on my mind when writing about Michelangelo. I came close to telling how Leo died a couple of times, but as you noted, "how" he died wasn't really part of the story (which is already pretty long) and in the end, I didn't see what would change if I included those details.

And here's the kicker: I really don't know how Leo died. I want to know. I really do, but I can't just make something up (well, technically I can--I am the author, you know?). But I don't want to make something up just to have an answer. On the bright side, I do have an idea, and it might find it's way into the next book in the series, but no promises at this point.

I hope that's not too disappointing an answer for you.

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Jan St. Marcus There is a new Jack Ryan novel coming out and there is also a new John Grisham book due out soon. I want to read both of those.
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