Posts Tagged ‘interview’

“Every court case is like a small opera.” Jeff McGinnis interview in Toledo Free Press

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

jeff mcginnis on twitterSometimes an interviewer prompts thoughts you knew you had but had never quite expressed in the same way before. Jeff McGinnis, pop culture reporter for the Toledo Free Press, recently interviewed me about Blame and about why people enjoy legal thrillers:

They understand the stakes. For so many people, it is life or death. It is loss of career or opportunity. And too much of it, in my view, remains a sort of profound mystery that is highlighted only when we see incidents such as what has occurred in Ferguson, and most recently on Staten Island.


I think the fascination is, it is always drama. Every court case, particularly criminal cases, is like a small opera, playing out on a stage where the parts are kind of preordained, and emotions run deep and high at the same time. And the characters are usually true to form. But as we all — at least at my age — have learned from “Perry Mason,” there are often surprises.

McGinnis wondered where I got the ideas for my novels, something I haven’t mentioned on this blog before:

I always take a real case as the centerpiece that all the other action kind of revolves and evolves around. So, in Punishment, it was a pit bull case that actually transpired in my courtroom. And in Blame, it is a case that is actually occurring here in West Palm Beach as we speak.


The doctor who is the inspiration for the case in Blame lives near me and has become a good friend. I never imagined three and a half years later, his case would not have come to trial. But that is, in fact, true. So in some ways, I’ve cheated myself, because there are more twists and turns to come. But I’ve promised him he’ll at least get part of a chapter in the forthcoming final book, Innocence.

You can read the full interview here: “Former Ohio Judge Pens Legal Thrillers.”

And for those of you unfamiliar with the “surprise endings” on Perry Mason, this will give you a taste.

Please be reassured: my endings are much more plausible.

Linda Rocker Sits Down With Kristen Mott Of Cleveland Jewish News

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Linda Rocker recently sat down with CJN staff reporter Kristen Mott to talk about Blame, her characters and Clean Margins and Other Stories.  Here’s an excerpt from that interview:

“The art inside Linda Rocker’s home in Orange is as colorful and distinctive as her career. Just as each piece of art tells a story about Rocker’s travels, her career choices tell stories about her values and passions.

Though she is petite, Rocker is a force to be reckoned with. As a retired teacher, attorney, judge and now novelist, Rocker has never been one to turn down a challenge. Throughout her career, she has been a champion of women’s rights and of helping the less fortunate. She credits her compassion to growing up in a home with strong Jewish values.”

Read the full article here: CJN’s Jews of Interest: Linda Rocker

The Scene Maker: Linda Rocker On The PB Pulse

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Janis Fontaine, staff writer for The PB Pulse, recently posted and outstanding article about Linda Rocker.  This piece will give Linda’s fans insight into not only her current and upcoming works, but also her favorite dining spots, tourist destinations, parks and theaters.  Linda’s first novel Punishment has been getting rave reviews and she’s working on the follow up novel Blame current.  In addition to her next novel, Linda is putting the finishing touches on a collection of short stories entitled The Setting Sun which is due in May.

Linda Rocker On Her Patio In Junipter, FL

A few questions from the interview:

Favorite breakfast place?

My porch is my favorite breakfast place. I’m an admitted news junkie and that’s the best place to spread out the three or four newspapers I read each day (of course, the Palm Beach Post is at the top of stack).

Favorite lunch spot?

My favorite lunch place is the Starbucks on Clematis Street. The yogurt parfait and skinny latte are a perfect combination and so is the mix of stores up and down the street.

Read the full interview on the PB Pulse site here:

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About The PB Pulse

The PB Pulse is the entertainment component of the Palm Beach Post. The Palm Beach Postbegan as The Palm Beach County, a weekly newspaper established in 1908. In January 1916, the weekly became a daily, morning publication known as The Palm Beach Post