12 July, 2012

Spotlight and Guestpost for Satan's Chamber by Molly Best and Karetta Hubbard

Satan's Chamber Summary
Junior CIA operative Victoria Pierce is posted to Khartoum, Sudan, where her father vanished five years before. Obsessed with solving the mystery of his disappearance, she uncovers a horrific plot that threatens to ignite World War III. A fast-paced spy thriller, Satan's Chamber shuttles between Washington, DC, and war-torn Sudan, geo-political intrigue and ancient mysticism. It introduces a rich array of memorable characters, from Bart Wilkins, the bumbling but buff young supply officer at the Embassy, to Kendacke, one-eyed descendant of the female pharaohs, to Adam Marshall, one of the richest and most ruthless men in the world.

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Guestpost with Molly and Karetta
How did you come up with this topic to write about and what kind of research did you do?

 When Molly and I decided to collaborate on a spy thriller, I had already chosen the title, Satan’s Chamber.  The image conjured evil, and I knew that the story should begin with evil and from there navigate out of the darkness into the light.  Molly agreed to the title, and the two of us zeroed in on Sudan, a little-known place on earth and home to  plenty of horrific action, thanks to the discovery of large oil fields under its territory.  As the world grabs for a piece of these resources, the government massacres its own people to get them off the land. 

 We already knew that our CIA protagonist would be female, Tory Pierce, but we wanted to go against the grain of the typical spy thriller and make her human, vulnerable, flawed, actually to give her story a psychological arc, beginning in naivety and gradually wising up.  As with many CIA employees she would be a “legacy”: her father and mother both worked for the CIA when she was born. This birthright of hers also gave us another strong female character, Maud Olson, head of the Intelligence Directorate and Tory’s somewhat micro-managing godmother. 

 Our research into Sudan actually turned up a whole different side to that poor country via its spiritual history, centered on the sacred mountain of Jebel Barkal, which was regarded by the Egyptians 3000 years ago as the birthplace of the gods.  This ancient history led us to our third strong female character, Kendacke, the descendant of one of the early female black pharaohs of Sudan.  She is attempting to unify the disparate tribes of the country under a single symbol that would galvanize a sense of national identity.

 To mention all the other areas of our research would be to give away the twists of the plot.  Suffice to say, that once we had all the pieces to the puzzle, the book began to write itself. The title Satan’s Chamber is a sort of  metaphor for what we wished our story to be about.  While it describes the horrific circumstances under which the people of Sudan must live, it is also a metaphor for the hell people create for themselves when they turn to greed to fulfill themselves.  Satan’s Chamber is ultimately opposed by the sacred chambers inside the mountain of Jebel Barkal, where the female leader Kendacke, who finds fulfillment through love and generosity, is hatching her counter-plan to bring peace and unity to her people. 

Thank you ladies, sounds interesting!!

Molly Best Tinsley's Bio:
Air Force brat Molly Best Tinsley taught on the civilian faculty at the United States Naval Academy for twenty years and is the institution’s first professor emerita. Author of My Life with Darwin (Houghton Mifflin) and Throwing Knives (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored Satan’s Chamber(Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, The Creative Process (St. Martin’s). Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award. Her plays have been read and produced nationwide. She lives in Oregon, where she divides her time between Ashland and Portland.

Karetta Hubbard's Bio:
As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, Karetta Hubbard has more than twenty-five years of experience in consulting, strategic management, and organizational change for companies throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. Having recently turned to literary endeavors, Ms. Hubbard credits her five grandchildren as her inspiration and encouragement to put pen to paper.

As an active member of the Washington, DC community, Ms. Hubbard has held appointments at the Small Business Advisory Council (SBA), the Tyson Business and Professional Women Foundation (BPW), and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Ms. Hubbard attended the University of Virginia and received her B.A. degree from George Mason University. She also attended Catholic University’s Graduate School in Social Work. 

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Price: $19.95 hardcover, $14.95 paperback, $5.99 ebook
ISBNs: 97809841412109780984141203
Pages: 294
Release: August 2009

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Likes to Read said...

I really like all this stuff about Sudan. I read "Satan's Chamber" a while ago, and it's bringing some of the details back. (And I'm glad you didn't tell too much ; ) One of the things I liked the most about your book was finding out about a country I knew little to nothing about, and how that was woven into the mystery/thriller of it. Thanks!

Tribute Books said...

Kathleen, thanks for hosting Molly and Karetta today!

CelticLady said...

You are welcome Nicole and thanks for stopping by Likes to Read!!

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