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Friday, 1 April 2016

ℚ The Advocate's Daughter - Anthony Franze

Today we have the pleasure of meeting up with author to talk about The Advocate's Daughter (, Minotaur Books, 317 pages), a Thriller Mystery Suspense.

A Washington, D.C. lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country.

#1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child called The Advocate’s Daughter “smart, sophisticated, suspenseful, and written with real insider authenticity.” Suspense Magazine hailed it as “the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to suspense.” And Library Journal said it “gives readers an inside peek at the world of the Supreme Court, and tossing in an intriguing mystery only adds to the thrills.”


Author Q&A | Synopsis | Teaser | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


A very warm welcome to Anthony Franze; thank you for taking the time to be with us today!

What was the inspiration for The Advocate's Daughter?

"At a writers’ conference I heard an editor tell authors to write about what scares them the most.  I asked myself what that might be, and it was an easy one: something happening to my family.  That was the seed for The Advocate’s Daughter.

In the story, Washington lawyer Sean Serrat is about to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court when his world is shattered by the murder of his beloved daughter, Abby, a Georgetown law student.  Police soon arrest Abby’s boyfriend, a law clerk at the Supreme Court, but Sean’s search for the truth casts doubt on the boyfriend’s guilt—and puts Sean’s entire family in peril."
The first thing that draws me to a book is its cover. Can you tell us about your cover for The Advocate's Daughter - why you chose that concept and who the artist is.
"All credit for the cover of The Advocate's Daughter goes to the amazing designers and artists at St. Martin’s Press.

I love it, and think they nailed the feel of the novel. So much so, my 14-year-old daughter, Emma, and I recently biked to the Supreme Court building, where we tried to recreate the front jacket.  I’m not sure how close we got, but we tried:"
Pretty good job - I thought it was the same person as on the cover!
Thank you for sharing this image with us, and of course a big hello from us to Emma!

How much of yourself is reflected in this book, and how?

"I think most writers would say there are bits of themselves, good and bad, in most of their characters.

Like my protagonist, Sean Serrat, I’m a happily married lawyer muddling through raising kids in D.C.  But Sean’s smarter, taller, and better looking—call it the writer’s prerogative."
Why should we read The Advocate's Daughter and what sets it apart from the rest?  What makes your book unique?
"The book is unique in that it’s a cross between a family and legal thriller.

Also, I’ve had several cases in the Supreme Court, so I think that gives me an interesting perspective on the universe where the story is set.

Additionally, having practiced law in D.C. for nearly 20 years, I’ve made a number of friends who have high-level jobs, and provided me behind the scenes to various places depicted in the book—say, inside the Oval Office and the secretive subway under Congressional offices, to name two."
What is your writing process?
"I write late at night, 3 to 4 nights a week if I can manage it.  When I’m busy at the office, and particularly when I have an upcoming deadline for a brief, I sometimes suffer from “writing fatigue,” so I may scale back the fiction writing for a few days.

I edit on the subway to and from the office, and on more than one occasion I’ve missed my stop because I get so wrapped up in the story."
What is in store next?
"I have several events coming up for The Advocate’s Daughter, including a book forum held by Georgetown Law School’s Supreme Court Institute.

I’m also teaching writing at the International Thriller Writers’ annual conference this July with fellow author and friend Barry Lancet.

Otherwise, I’m editing my next book, which comes out with St. Martin’s Press next year.  All quite exciting, as is the case I have coming up in the Supreme Court next term.

I’m having the time of my life."
Sounds like it!  I hope you have a great tour and wish you all the best with your endeavours :-)

The Advocate's Daughter
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