Michigan author Karen Dionne is playing with fire in her new book “Boiling Point” which is her second ecological thriller. “Boiling Point” which is set primarily at a dormant (about to become active) South American volcano is due out December 28. Dionne lives with her husband in a northern Detroit suburb after moving there from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she was part of the back-to-the-land movement. Her first thriller, “Freezing Point,” involved a killer virus released when the Anarctic icecap is tapped for drinking water.
In her newest book, environmentalists are both the good guys and the villains as one diabolical genius decides to use volcanos to control global warming. “Boiling Point” has no shortages of hair-brained schemes which backfire putting the world at risk. With her new book, Dionne is entering the heady atmosphere of thriller writers such as John Rollins and Douglas Preston. Dionne actually spent time on the ground to experience what it was like to be next to an active volcano and came back with some great “gimmes” for book signings and events.
In addition to writing full-time, Dionne is also the co-founder of an online writers’ organization, Backspace. Accoring to a recent interview with Dionne in “Between the Lines”, Backspace has now grown to 1,400 members in a dozen countries. An incredible one-third of its members have agents or are published, and about two dozen are “New York Times” bestselling authors. You can read more about Dionne on her website.
Dionne is readying herself to attend the Boucheron (meeting of the International Thriller Writers) in San Francisco this weekend and she’s packed her “What It’s Like to Visit an Active Volcano” brochure, “Fire and Ice” business cards, and her “Boiling Point” lip balms, along withsome Chaitén obsidian.
Her debut book, ”Freezing Point” is currently being used as the main textbook at the University of Delaware’s English Language Institute as part of a course using literature and modern fiction as a basis for second language acquisition.
Read Dionne’s take on visiting the active Chaiten volcano in Patagonia in the Huffington Post. You know a thriller is great when you know something very bad is going to happen and you are rushing to read what it is. Dionne has shown in her second book that she deserves to play with the guys.