Wednesday, July 18,2012
From courts to escorts MSU grad Allison Leotta uncovers the world of call girls in 'Discretion'
by KURT ANTHONY KRUG
The “D.C. Madam” scandal served as a jumping-off point for Michigan State University aluma Allison Leotta’s latest legal thriller, “Discretion.”
“As a prosecutor, I handled a lot of cases where the victims were prostitutes,” Leotta said in a phone interview. “I saw on a firsthand basis how dangerous their lives were, especially some college girl getting into the business thinking it’s a quick, easy way to make money.
“But that’s really far from the truth. I wanted to paint that picture realistically. What is it really like? What are the dangers? What are the unsavory things that have to happen? I didn’t want to glamorize it at all. I hope I hit that chord in ‘Discretion.’” ...
Former CNN Anchor Kitty Pilgrim on Her New Novel ‘The Stolen Chalice’ (Q&A) She talks about her new “romantic thriller,” making the leap from journalist to novelist and traveling the world for research.
11:05 AM PDT 8/3/2012 by Andy Lewis
Kitty Pilgrim, the CNN-anchor-turned-novelist, has a new book out, The Stolen Chalice, a follow up to her 2011 debut, The Explorer's Code, which continues the adventures of archeologist John Sinclair and Oceanographer Cordelia.
Pilgrim, who is also a member of New York City’s famed Explorer’s Club and the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations in addition to being a former news anchor, talked with The Hollywood Reporter about her "romantic thriller," making the leap from reporter to novelist and traveling the world for research...