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17 Dec 2012

10 Things You Probably Don't Know About The Disappearance

Ten Things You Probably Don't Know About The Disappearance
by Susan Berliner, author of The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, and DUST

Here are some little-known—and I hope, interesting—tidbits about my new time travel thriller, The Disappearance:

1. The novel includes an elaborate con operation, based loosely on the movie, The Sting, one of my all-time favorite films. The sting in The Disappearance encompasses the final third of the book.

2. What happens if people meet themselves when they travel through time? Since it's never happened, we don't know the real answer to that question and it's up to the author to decide. You'll find my take on this time travel enigma in a later chapter of The Disappearance.

3. I made detailed charts to keep track of the various days and dates the characters traveled through time. The Disappearance takes place in the present, but the exact year isn't specified so I used a recent annual calendar to match the days with the appropriate dates.

4. I set The Disappearance in Southvale, an imaginary town in the northern Westchester suburbs of New York City. I wanted a quiet-sounding name and, since there's a Northvale in nearby New Jersey, I decided to call my town Southvale. It's a typical suburban community with only one unusual feature: a time travel portal.

5. I had to research prisons for an early chapter of The Disappearance. I read articles about the booking process, holding cells, and posting bail, learning much more information than I used in the book. But that's always the case.

6. One chapter of The Disappearance is set in a real racetrack—Yonkers in lower Westchester, New York—so I went to Yonkers Raceway on a research assignment.  But this working night out was actually fun—and I won!

7. I love contests and I've organized many of them, especially as a promotion manager for a major chain of shoppers and on my website. A contest plays an important role in The Disappearance.

8. I had a problem finding the "right" Jillian for the cover of The Disappearance. I wanted a photo of an unhappy attractive young woman in handcuffs and you'd think that would be easy to find. But it took me many hours. Nearly all the pictures of handcuffed women showed them dressed either as pseudo-police officers, smiling playfully, and half nude, or as sex kittens wearing pink furry cuffs.

9. I had to revise the epilogue of The Disappearance when a law enforcement expert told me that an important criminal offense in the story, which I (and most people) would assume is a serious felony, is not. As a result, I had to make critical changes so the criminal charge would be much more severe.

10. Time travel is my favorite genre. I've always loved reading time travel novels so I decided to write one. You could probably figure out this last tidbit!

About Susan Berliner
Susan Berliner, author of the supernatural thrillers, “DUST,” “Peachwood Lake,” and “The Disappearance,” has been a nonfiction writer for nearly her entire career. She had originally planned to be an elementary school teacher, but left after a year to become a newspaper reporter for Fairchild Publications. She covered men’s retailing for Daily New Record, a men’s wear/textile trade newspaper, which was the “brother” paper of Women’s Wear Daily.
After Susan’s children were born, she switched to freelance writing–mainly in education–publishing several book series dealing with editing skills, language arts, and standardized testing. She has also created teachers’ guides, student activity sheets, and test passages. During this time, Susan was the project editor for a national science magazine for elementary school students and edited subject-related manuscripts for children in grades 7 and 8. In addition, she freelanced as a local reporter, covering board meetings for the North County News, a weekly newspaper in Yorktown Heights, New York.
When she returned to work full-time, Susan became the promotion manager of the Yorktown PennySaver, a job she held for 20 years. She created many original weekly contests–Phony Ad, Rhyme Time, and PennySaver Prophet.
Susan lives with her husband, Larry, in Yorktown Heights, where she’s editing her fourth book (Corsonia), and writing her fifth novel (The Touchers).
To find out more, please visit her at www.susanberliner.com

About The Disappearance
When Jillian Keating is arrested for the murder of her missing boyfriend, Ryan Cornell, she has two immediate questions: Why did he frame her—and where is he hiding?
Using her own ingenuity, plus the help of a resourceful lady lawyer and a dashing young private investigator, Jillian discovers the surprising—and disturbing—answers. Her boyfriend is not what he appears to be. The real Ryan, consumed with hate, has devised an ingenious scheme to destroy her while he escapes into the past via a hidden time travel portal. But even knowing all this, Jillian is left with a more difficult question: How can she capture Ryan and bring him back?
Filled with memorable characters, bizarre twists, and riveting suspense, The Disappearance culminates with an elaborate sting operation as Jillian and her friends travel through time to lure Ryan into their clever trap. If they succeed, she will go free. But if they fail, Jillian will surely face murder charges for the death of Ryan Cornell.

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  1. This sounds interesting, but I only found the paperback version. Will it be released in ebook?

  2. Hi Rainy of the Rark
    You'd have to ask the author.
    Connect with her on her website :)
    Thanks for the comment.