05 January 2014

Author Interview: The Cargills

This week, we're pleased to welcome authors Linda and Gary Cargill with their latest novel, THE KEY TO LAWRENCE. The authors will offer a free paperback copy of The Key to Lawrence to a lucky blog visitor - this giveaway is open internationally. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments for a chance to win. Here's the blurb.

Who is that sinister-looking stranger who keeps eyeing Miss Dora Benley on the Lusitania pier on May 1, 1915? At dinner the first night in the grand dining room he sends her a threatening note. He orders her to hand over her father's birthday package. She carried it aboard, a gift from Sir Adolphus Ware, the car magnate her Robber Baron father is sailing to England to meet over a tire deal. If she doesn't obey, he threatens to blow up the ship. There's nothing inside the package except an empty humidor! Dora had better figure out what's going on, or the saboteur will send her to the bottom of the Irish Sea.

**Author Interview: The Cargills**

Is this book in a series? 

Yes, it's book one of the Edward Ware Thriller Series. 

Since it is an historical novel, what time period does it cover? 

Key to Lawrence starts on May 1, 1915, near the beginning of World War 1. It ends in 1919 during the Paris Peace Conference. 

Why did you write this novel now? 

August 2014 is the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. While the United States stayed out of the war until April 1917, the key event that led to its eventual involvement, the sinking of the Lusitania, occurred nearly two years earlier, on May 7, 1915. 

Who is the point-of-view character? 

The point-of-view character is Miss Dora Benley, the heroine of the thriller novel. She is the daughter of a Pittsburgh Robber Baron, the owner of a tire manufacturing business. On May 1, 1915, she and her family embark for England on the doomed Lusitania. 

Are there any historical characters or just fictional ones? 

The novel is populated by major and minor characters who really existed. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, Elbert Hubbard, Charles Klein, the playwright, and Rita Jolivet, the French-American actress, sailed on the Lusitania. Colonel T.E. Lawrence was to become the legendary "Lawrence of Arabia." 

Are there any battles in the novel? 

Yes, the Battle of Petra, which took place in October 1917, is featured. This was one of the chief battles of Lawrence of Arabia's 1916-1918 Arab Revolt. 

Who is the Lawrence in the title, Key to Lawrence? 

T. E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia is the Lawrence in the title.

Learn more about the authors Linda and Gary Cargill at: 

Website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org/ 
Blog: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org/blog.html 
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/LindaCargillAuthor 

Here is a link to the Kindle edition of Key to Lawrence on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00DE8FHIA