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Suspense Radio

Earlier today I was interviewed on Suspense Radio with John Raab, a production of Suspense Magazine. It was a wide-ranging conversation about both COLD GLORY and SILVER CROSS, and also includes my plans for the day after Thanksgiving (I refuse to use the term “Black Friday”) and making sure I don’t forget small details from one book to the next. Here’s the link to the audio:


Check it out!

Ten days until SILVER CROSS publishes in hardcover! I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the UPS driver with the package containing my author copies. Onward!

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Silver Cross teaser

Just got the cover copy for SILVER CROSS, and here it is:

History professor Nick Journey and federal agent Meg Tolman return in Silver Cross, the thrilling sequel to B. Kent Anderson’s Cold Glory.

When her friend is murdered, Tolman rushes to North Carolina to investigate. She finds a vast conspiracy hanging on a letter from Napoleon III to Confederate president Jefferson Davis, pledging French aid to the Southern cause during the Civil War in return for the “Silver Cross.” The letter was lost when Confederate spy Rose Greenhow drowned off the Carolina coast, just yards from Southern soil.

Tolman asks history professor Nick Journey for his help, and soon the two are following a treasure map deep into the west Texas desert. Hot on their trail are others desperately trying to cover up the existence of the Silver Cross, including Ann Gray, a freelance assassin gone rogue, and her former employers, a secretive group known only as the Associates.

As horrifying acts of domestic terrorism erupt throughout the country, Journey and Tolman seek an answer to the 150-year-old riddle before it’s too late.

***SILVER CROSS publishes in hardback on November 27.***

Yes, the settings in SILVER CROSS range from my native Oklahoma, to the coast of North Carolina, to the desolate Texas Panhandle, to a ferry in the middle of Lake Michigan, to the Washington Monument. I’m very excited about this book. Can you tell?


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Cold Glory Giveaway!

FREE BOOK alert:


I am giving away a signed, personalized hardcover of COLD GLORY on my Facebook author page. All you have to do is “like” the page and leave me a comment, between now and 12 noon on February 17. Click on over to  http://www.facebook.com/bkentanderson  I’ll choose a winner at random on the 17th and will ship the book right away.

NOTE: Entries must be on the author page, not on my “regular” Facebook friends’ wall.

Good luck and have fun!

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“Oklahoma Voices” radio interview

I was a guest, along with fellow Oklahoma author M. Scott Carter, on KGOU Radio’s “Oklahoma Voices” program this morning, and the audio of the interview is now available on the KGOU website:


I thoroughly enjoyed the show.  Just prop me in front of a microphone and I’m happy. Scott and I talked about our respective books (he’s just released his first young adult novel), the writing process, Oklahoma settings, doing research, and much more.  Give it a listen!

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What next?

In the last two weeks, since COLD GLORY was published, many people–both online and in person–have asked me what comes next.  Will COLD GLORY be a series? Are Nick Journey and Meg Tolman returning? When will the next book be out?

Yes. Yes. And next fall.

The next adventure with Journey and Tolman is SILVER CROSS, slated for publication in the fall of 2012.  (Exact publication date to be determined.)  I’m doing revisions to the book now, and am so excited about this story.  Journey will face more challenges with his son Andrew, and we’ll see if Journey and Sandra Kelly are really able to form a relationship.  Meg Tolman will face the unexpected death of an old friend, and the investigation into her death leads to an infamous Civil War spy, as well as Napoleon III and a modern-day character who may leave readers wondering, “Is she good? Or is she bad ?”  I can’t wait for you to meet Ann Gray. Also, if you are as intrigued by Tolman’s silent, wounded, tortured friend Darrell Sharp as other readers have been, you’ll be pleased to know that he appears in SILVER CROSS as well, in a larger role.

From the Cape Fear region on the North Carolina coast, to the middle of Lake Michigan, to the desolate high plains of west Texas, and of course many scenes in my beloved Oklahoma, it’s a story I have thoroughly enjoyed creating, and I am looking forward to sharing it with you next year.

In the meantime, while promoting the first book in the series and revising the second, I am researching the third, with more Civil War-era intrigues impacting the modern era.  Journey and Tolman and company have much to do, and I’ve recently come across the most unlikely connection between two larger-than-life historic figures from the Civil War period.

But…I’m getting ahead of myself.  For now, enjoy COLD GLORY.  Come out and see me if I’m at a bookseller, library, or festival near you.  Look for SILVER CROSS next year.  In the meantime, please drop me an e-mail.  I love hearing from readers. Don’t forget the events page, to keep up with where I will be.

Keep reading!

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A Picture Is Worth…


I’m a writer, and I revere the written word, but sometimes a picture is all you need.

Thank you to all who made this day possible, and there are many.  (Read the acknowledgments page in the book…)


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How long, how long?

Of all the questions that writers are asked, perhaps the most obvious is “Where do you get your ideas?”  But, it has been interesting to me that I am asked this significantly less than another murky, decidedly unclear query:

“How long does it take to write a book?”

For me, there is no easy answer to this question, and this greatly vexes those who ask.  I’m never quite sure when a novel is really finished…or for that matter, when it is really begun.  Does it begin with the first germ of the idea, or the first bit of research, or outlining, or when I sit down at my computer and type “Chapter One?”

Likewise, is it finished when I’ve done my three (or more) drafts and sent it to my editor?  Or after the first or second round of revisions she suggests, or in the copy editing or first pass stages?  Changes are made at all these steps.  I keep seeing little things that need to be done—a word that I’ve overused, an unnecessary paragraph, a bit of dialogue that needs to be reworked, the elimination of adverbs—and don’t want to let them go.

It’s cloudy and indistinct, and I’m never sure how to answer this innocent (and perfectly legitimate) question.  Consider a bit of the timeline for COLD GLORY, which comes out next month:

December 2007 – first hint of the idea; initial research

January 2008 – first incarnation of an outline

February 2008 – prologue written (and then rewritten about 12 times)

March 2008 – writing begins in earnest

May 2008 – research travel; then the final push to finish first draft, which is done in June

June-December 2008 – revisions

December 2008 – parted ways with previous agent, began query process to find a new one

August 2009 – signed with new agent, began two rounds of revisions based on his suggestion

February 2010 – submissions to publishers begin

April 2010 – received offer from Forge; accepted offer

May 2010 – first contact from my Forge editor

June 2010 – received editorial letter and began two rounds of revisions based on my editor’s suggestions

Then there was copy editing (copy editors really know how to make a writer feel, shall we say, humbled), and first pass pages, in the ensuing months.  Did COLD GLORY really take me more than three years to write?  Certainly not—I wasn’t writing it full time, after all, with two other jobs, family responsibilities, etc.  And I didn’t really keep track of the time.  How much of that time between December 2007 and the book’s release in October 2011, did I spend writing?  No idea.  The story is the story—when I was in the world of Nick Journey and Meg Tolman and the Glory Warriors, I was in another place, a place where time is different.  (People who know me well may be amused by this, as in “real life” I am obsessive about time and always think I have less than I actually do, which means I get to places ridiculously early on occasion.  Maybe more than just on occasion.)

So the question about how long it takes to write a book always throws me off a bit.  The sequel to COLD GLORY is in my editor’s hands now.  I had a contract for it, hence a deadline (which I beat by sixteen days, thank you very much).  Does that mean it took less than a year to write?  Yes and no.  There is one part of the plot for that book, SILVER CROSS, that has been in the back of my mind for over twenty years.  I’m researching the third book now, and the story will center around something I just discovered within the last few weeks.

How long, how long?

It’s not an easy question for me to answer.  I have no insightful (or even mildly clever) response for “How long does it take to write a book?”

I think it takes whatever the story demands, and what the storyteller is willing to do to tell it.  Follow the story, believe in the story, listen to the characters, understand it, know it…and the timeline will take care of itself.

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