About The Columnist
October 1, 2003
November 24, 2008
Audio Length: 20 minutes
One of Us
Tawni O’Dell, the New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads, an Oprah Book Club pick, returns this year with a searing murder mystery titled, One of Us.
In this new work, O’Dell has truly found what she calls her quest for an “intangible magic.” The tale takes place in the Pennsylvania coal country of O’dell’s youth, and is an intensely personal story of unsolved murder, unspoken confessions, and sins that can never be forgiven.
In this AUTHORLINK AUDIO interview, O’Dell talks about the challenges of writing the novel, and how she learned to hone her craft after receiving more than 200 publisher rejections. She also updates us on her movie deal for Back Roads, currently under development by Michael Ohaven, producer of the academy award-winning Capote.
In One of Us, Dr. Sheridan Doyle, a smart, polished forensic psychologist returns to his small home town of Lost Creek to face a murder in a community with a 100-year-old history of violence. Walking along on a February day, he finds a dead body at the infamous gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was executed a century ago. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy mining family responsible for the past lynchings. Together with veteran detective, Rafe, a father figure figure from Doyle’s youth, Dr. Doyle uses his forensic skills to flush out the killer, but comes dangerously close to truths about his own family and himself.
Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels, Back Roads, Coal Run, Sister Mine, and Fragile Beasts. She was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania.
She is the single parent of a son and daughter
Visit her wesbite at tawaniodell.com.