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Recently, Colleen sat down with author Cathy Clamp for an interview for this month's "Big Thrill," the webzine of the International Thriller Writers, where the two talked about Beneath Bone Lake's surprising origins.

In a plot ripped out of the daily newspapers, Colleen Thompson delivers yet another thriller that's sure to grab readers by the throat and set their hearts racing. But this book will also pull emotions out of them that they didn't expect. Contributing editor Cathy Clamp sat down with the author and found out how the story came about.

You've made this a timely book with a heroine returning from a war zone. Do you have anyone in your life that's serving overseas, or how did you create the reactions you've given the heroine?

Coming through the Houston airport one day, I was privileged to witness the emotional reunion of a returning soldier with his family, complete with balloons and banners, hugs and tears, and a crowd of onlookers spontaneously bursting into applause. As a mom, I was especially moved by the way the young dad and his little daughter hugged so fiercely. And then I got to thinking, how horrible would it be if you came back and no one came to meet you... if the family you'd been living for had somehow disappeared?

Coming home to find her house has become a meth lab is another issue ripped from the newspaper pages. Do you have first hand knowledge about the battle against drugs in Texas, or did you speak to local cops to get the sight, sound and feel into your head to give to Ruby when she first finds the house?
Through my husband, a Houston firefighter/EMT, I am fortunate to have access to an amazing group of experts, and I've been hearing many stories about the horrendous hazards posed by both meth addiction and meth labs. Firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders told me how they have to be constantly on the alert for the harsh reek that can warn them of the highly-explosive chemicals used in far too many hidden labs. Afterward, it didn't take much digging to find out the labs have become a huge problem in isolated, wooded areas in East Texas.

To read more from the interview, including the Colleen's take on the creepiest alligator fact ever, please visit The Big Thrill. And while you're there, sign up for monthly delivery of The Big Thrill to win a chance at an autographed library from today's hottest thriller writers, and check out more interviews with this month's other featured thriller authors:

RUSSIAN ROULETTE by Austin S. Camacho
TRUST NO ONE by Gregg Hurwitz
THE SHROUD OF HEAVEN by Sean Ellis
RED HOT LIES by Laura Caldwell
THE DOOMSDAY KEY by James Rollins
BENEATH BONE LAKE by Colleen Thompson
PERSONAL EFFECTS: DARK ART by J.C. Hutchins & Jordan Weisman
RETURN TO ME by Christy Reece
THE BOURNE DECEPTION by Eric Van Lustbader
BREWED, CRUDE AND TATTOOED by Sandra Balzo
COLD BLACK HEARTS by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
SECOND DEATH OF GOODLUCK TINUBU by Michael Stanley
LITTLE LAMB LOST by Margaret Fenton
PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S SECRET by Steven Wilson
PULSE by Jeremy Robinson
DIE FOR YOU by Lisa Unger
BACK TO LIFE by Linda O. Johnston
THE HUMAN DISGUISE by James O'Neal
DEEP DOWN by Karen Harper
QUIET TEACHER by Arthur Rosenfeld
THE CHEATER by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
CHILD FINDER by Mike Angley
ONE SCREAM AWAY by Kate Brady
THE THIRD SECRET by Michael Parker
MURPHY'S LAW by Rebecca Sinclair
MEMORY COLLECTOR by Meg Gardiner
KEEPER OF LIGHT AND DUST by Natasha Mostert
QUARANTINED by Joe McKinney
KILLING RED by Henry Perez
CITY OF FIRE by Thomas Fitzsimmons
THE WELLWISHERS by Richard Fountain
THE NUDE by Dorothy McFalls
FROZEN FIRE by Bill Evans & Marianna Jameson
MEDUSA by Clive Cussler & Paul Kemprecos
A Between The Lines in-depth interview with bestselling thriller author David Baldacci
Plus International News from Mike Nicol in South Africa, Russel McLean in the UK, and Declan Burke in Ireland.

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