Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tour Interview - Satan's Chamber

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Satan's ChamberSatan's Chamber
by Molly Best Tinsley 
        & Karetta Hubbard
Paperback, 1st Edition, 294 pages
Published August 21st 2009 by Fuze Publishing

Satan's Chamber Summary:
Junior CIA operative Victoria Pierce is posted to Khartoum, Sudan, where her father vanished five years before. Obsessed with solving the mystery of his disappearance, she uncovers a horrific plot that threatens to ignite World War III. A fast-paced spy thriller, Satan's Chamber shuttles between Washington, DC, and war-torn Sudan, geo-political intrigue and ancient mysticism. It introduces a rich array of memorable characters, from Bart Wilkins, the bumbling but buff young supply officer at the Embassy, to Kendacke, one-eyed descendant of the female pharaohs, to Adam Marshall, one of the richest and most ruthless men in the world.



Author Interview:

Welcome Molly & Karetta!!  I was immediately intrigued by your story after reading the premise. I appreciate you stopping by for an interview!!

What inspired this story... it sounds ominous!!

Satan’s Chamber is ominous, as a riveting spy thriller should be.  The plot pits a naïve young woman, Victoria Pierce, against a trio of amoral, greedy egomaniacs, and the stakes are very high.  If she doesn’t figure out their malevolent plan in time and who’s really behind it, thousands of Sudanese will die and the Middle East could go up in smoke, igniting a world-scale war.

That said, we have always been fatally attracted to saving the world.  The  mystery/thriller genre gave us the opportunity to create a story that positions good against evil, then make sure the righteous win.  The bonus for us was shining a spotlight on the horrific political circumstances in the real Sudan, as well as on its wonderful people, rich history, and diverse culture.

Thus the title Satan’s Chamber, which was with us from the beginning, became a sort of  metaphor for what we wanted our story to be about.  While it describes the horrific circumstances under which the people of Sudan must live, it is also a metaphor for the hell people create for themselves when they turn to greed to fulfill themselves.  Satan’s Chamber is ultimately opposed by the sacred chambers inside the mountain of Jebel Barkal, where the female leader Kendacke, who finds fulfillment through love and generosity, is hatching her counter plan to bring peace and unity to her people. 

What is your favorite scene or character?

Karetta’s favorite scene occurs near the end of the book when the protagonist Victoria, aka Tory, discovers she can count on other people, that we are all connected in a mystical, spiritual way, that she doesn’t have to do everything alone.


Molly’s favorite scenes occur between Tory and the ambiguous Bart Wilkins—the mix of attraction and annoyance, the sexual tension that shapes their interaction.  I also like the scene near the end when the ruthless government militia comes galloping over the horizon.

Can you share something personal? 

Molly is addicted to playing duplicate bridge, and periodically must take a week off to hit a regional tournament.  Karetta, who suffers in cold weather, just packed up her household of X years and fled the Washington, DC, ratrace to live year round in Maine.

Thank you, ladies!!!

About the Authors:


Molly Best Tinsley:

Air Force brat Molly Best Tinsley taught on the civilian faculty at the United States Naval Academy for twenty years and is the institution’s first professor emerita. Author of My Life with Darwin (Houghton Mifflin) and Throwing Knives (Ohio State University Press), she also co-authored Satan’s Chamber (Fuze Publishing) and the textbook, The Creative Process (St. Martin’s). Her fiction has earned two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sandstone Prize, and the Oregon Book Award. Her plays have been read and produced nationwide. She lives in Oregon, where she divides her time between Ashland and Portland.


Karetta Hubbard:

As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, Karetta Hubbard has more than twenty-five years of experience in consulting, strategic management, and organizational change for companies throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. Having recently turned to literary endeavors, Ms. Hubbard credits her five grandchildren as her inspiration and encouragement to put pen to paper.


As an active member of the Washington, DC community, Ms. Hubbard has held appointments at the Small Business Advisory Council (SBA), the Tyson Business and Professional Women Foundation (BPW), and the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Ms. Hubbard attended the University of Virginia and received her B.A. degree from George Mason University. She also attended Catholic University’s Graduate School in Social Work. 

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3 comments:

  1. They look like your granny but write so cool stuff! The ending of the book is really thrilling!

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    1. Hilarious. They do look so innocent for such an exciting book, I have to agree!! Lol

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  2. Laura, thanks for featuring Molly & Karetta today :)

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