Featured Interview With Jane Rubino
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised, and now live in NJ, but have also lived in NYC, California and in the Midwest. I’ve had a long succession of rescue dogs. The current gal is a German Shepherd that our Humane Society pulled from a high kill shelter in the South. Great dog.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was an early and precocious reader, which is the one common attribute of writers. I started writing early, in middle school, and had worked as a stringer and feature writer for some time before my first novel was published.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Jane Austen is my favorite author. I love classics, but my favorite genre is probably mystery, and have recently been reading a lot of the “female Sherlocks” – characters like Loveday Brooke, Dorcas Dene, Violet Strange, as well as mysteries from the latter 19th to mid 20th century.
What inspires me? I always think of that quote from Edgar Rice Burroughs – “I write to escape – from poverty.”
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is a Sherlock Holmes novel, HIDDEN FIRES: A Holmes Before Baker Street Adventure, from MX Publishing, the principal publisher of Sherlockian fiction. It is set in 1878, a few years before Holmes meets Watson and is taken from a remark Holmes makes to Watson in “The Sign of Four”, that the most winning woman he ever met had been hanged for poisoning three children for the insurance money.” It was a challenge to take that rather shocking comment and craft a credible and authentic tale, and one that should remind readers – there’s always two or three other sides to the story.
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