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Welcome to the blog tour for J. Arlene Culiner, author of THE TURKISH AFFAIR.  Ms. Culiner is here to give us her 10 confessions from an author's standpoint. While you're enjoying her 10 confessions, be sure to scroll down and find out how you can purchase her new book!


10 Confessions from Authors


1. Most of the incidents described in my mystery, The Turkish Affair, really did happen. Like my heroine, I also worked as a tour guide and translator in Turkey. Then, I decided I hated doing that sort of work, so I went to live on a hill with gypsies and became a belly dancer.


2. I was once rescued from a very dangerous situation by a brave rebellious young woman name Leyla - you can read about her in The Turkish Affair. I also met corrupt and violent police officers like Bulduk.


3. I was once arrested in Turkey on a (trumped-up) charge of espionage because I refused to sleep with a police officer who tried to get into my hotel room at night.


4. I once accompanied archaeologists down to the coast when they were summoned by the police to identify stolen coins. This incident - and what they did about it - is also described in The Turkish Affair.


5. One day, while on a bus and passing through an archaeological site in Turkey, I briefly caught sight of a lean and elegant man heading toward a jumble of smashed pillars. Caught in a blaze of sunlight, his golden hair gleamed. Who was he? An archaeologist? He became the inspiration for my hero, Renaud Townsend, in The Turkish Affair.


6. I once, in strange circumstances, I went to visit a Turkish prison hospital with an old, illiterate Turkish woman whose son had been arrested for selling imported cigarettes and whiskey. While there, I met perfectly innocent political prisoners who had been arrested and tortured for information they didn't have.


7. I'm envious of my heroine Anne. I wish I could step into her shoes and live the adventures she did in this book.


8. I wouldn't mind linking up with my hero, Renaud Townsend, either.


9. It took me years to write The Turkish Affair. I wasn't sure which form it would take, and the last draft was very different from the first, the second, the third, and all the others.


10. All the characters in the book, Asim, Apo, Leyla, Bob, Lisa, are based on real people.


  

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