Thursday, April 16, 2009
While trying to help an elderly couple save their home, attorney Cameron Thorne is thrust into a bloody tug-of-war involving secret societies, treasure hunters and keepers of the secrets of the Jesus bloodline. Joined by Amanda, a beautiful British researcher with secrets of her own, Cam races around New England with only two choices, unravel the 600-year-old mysteries encoded in the ancient Templar artifacts or die trying.
David S. Brody's Cabal of the Westford Knight: Templars at the Newport Tower has been called, "A wonderful mixture of The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure".
When I wandered out to David's website and began reading about his other books: Unlawful Deeds, Blood of the Tribe, and The Wrong Abraham, I noticed that all his books are set in New England and Massachusetts usually is at least part of the setting.
Not surprising since David lives in Massachusetts with his wife, novelist Kimberly Scott, and his two daughters; but since I also live in Massachusetts and appreciate the history of the area, I asked David to talk to us today about the settings for his novels and why he chose those locations for his stories. Here's what he had to say.
Unlawful Deeds was set mostly in Boston’s Financial District and Back Bay, with some scenes also on the North Shore. Then I moved down to Cape Cod for Blood of the Tribe. In The Wrong Abraham the action is set on Beacon Hill and the Waterfront area, plus at Fenway Park. With Cabal of the Westford Knight I explore artifacts and sites in Newport, Rhode Island, along the Maine coast, in southern New Hampshire, and of course in and around Westford, Massachusetts, where the story is centered. The great thing about writing books set in New England is that there is so much variety of settings within a small geographic area—lakes and mountains, craggy coastlines, beaches, farmland, urban areas, etc. Plus there is all this history and great architecture. I think readers like to read about places they’ve been to or visited, which is another advantage to writing stories set in the Boston area. It seems like half the people in the U.S. have spent time in Boston at one time or another—either walking the Freedom Trail or catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park or visiting a friend in college. And they all seem to come away with sharp, vivid memories—it’s not one of those cities that looks like any other American city. I try to tap into that, which I think allows the readers to picture themselves along with the characters in the story. Hopefully that enhances the story and the reading experience.
About the author:
David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling author named “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. He is a Director at Large of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA). A real estate attorney, he resides in Westford, Massachusetts with his wife, novelist Kimberly Scott, and their two daughters. He coaches youth sports and Special Olympics and plays in adult hockey and softball leagues.
You can visit David online at www.davidbrodybooks.com and at http://westfordknight.blogspot.com/, where you'll find information about the artifacts found in Cabal of the Westford Knight.