June 5, 2014 at 6:00 AM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Local New Jersey authors Pamela Hegarty and S.W. Hubbard will discuss their writing process on Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Berkeley Heights Public Library located at 290 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.. The authors will be available after their talk to sign copies of their latest books
Ms. Hegarty's second thriller, 'The Emerald Tablet' follows the adventures in 'The Seventh Stone.' Her books are often referred to as a cross between Indiana Jones and 'The Da Vinci Code' and have topped best-seller lists in Amazon.
Ms. Hubbard's latest book, 'Another Man's Treasure,' a mystery in the tradition of the British classics follows a 30 year old disappearance of a young mother.
About the Authors
When author, Pamela Hegarty, recently launched her second thriller novel, The Emerald Tablet, it rocketed up onto three Amazon best seller lists.
“When a writer releases a novel, we always take an extraordinary leap of faith,” said Hegarty. “Will readers find our book? Will they like it? And, with a thriller that delves into evil plots that threaten the world, will our friends think we’re crazy?”
A leap of faith is a common theme in Hegarty’s books, which combine the intrigue of The Da Vinci Code with the action of Indiana Jones. In The Seventh Stone, her first best-selling page-turner featuring historian Christa Devlin, the action focuses on the quest for an ancient Biblical artifact that may prove God’s existence. In The Emerald Tablet, Christa is trapped between a man who vows to save her future and a lover from her past as they race a ruthless adversary to find the powerful artifact that opens the portal between man and spirit.
“The Emerald Tablet is a very real artifact,” Hegarty said. “It was last seen in the hands of Alexander the Great and translated by history’s most learned scholars, including Isaac Newton. Most people haven’t heard of it, but its precepts formed the foundation of the world’s major religions.”
Inspired in part by Jurassic Park, the novel’s action takes place on a remote island, home to the prototype Dream Resort, where nanobot technology makes what is imagined appear real. Prehistoric animals morph into mythological beasts. Ancient structures, hidden deep in the jungle, protect secrets that will either threaten humankind or usher in a new evolution. And the power of the mind becomes the ultimate weapon.
“I like to think of it as a thrill ride through history,” said Hegarty. “Merlin and dragons, the Greek Minotaur and a mysterious vanished Mesoamerican civilization are looped together by the Emerald Tablet.”
Hegarty has a bit of her heroine Christa’s taste for adventure. She has explored more than forty countries on six continents. She summited Mount Kilimanjaro, backpacked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and was almost eaten by lions in the Serengeti. She has written and contributed to ten travel books and published more than 300 articles in magazines and newspapers.
Find out more at www.pamelahegarty.com or follow the author on twitter at @pamelahegarty.
S.W. Hubbard’s most recent novel is Another Man’s Treasure. She is also is the author of three mystery novels set in the Adirondack Mountains: Take the Bait, Swallow the Hook, and Blood Knot. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and the anthologies Crimes by Moonlight, The Mystery Box, and Adirondack Mysteries. She lives in Morristown, NJ, where she teaches creative writing to enthusiastic teens and adults, and expository writing to reluctant college freshmen. To read the first chapter of any of her books, visit: http://www.swhubbard.net.
My addiction to mysteries followed a familiar trajectory. Innocent dabbling with the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew led to a craving for stronger stuff—Christie, Conan Doyle, Poe—so that by the age of twelve I had a habit that couldn’t be broken. Earning a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and an MA in English from New York University developed my other passion, for the classic British novel.
The two came together in my preference for British crime fiction. Many of my favorite mystery writers come from across the pond: P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter, R.D. Wingfield, Val McDermid, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, and those ersatz Brits, Elizabeth George and Peter Robinson. Of course, I’m a fan of many great American writers too: Laura Lippman, Jess Walter, and Lisa Gardner, to name just a few.
My first novel, Take the Bait, was published in 2003, and I’ve been writing crime novels and short stories ever since. Currently I divide my time between writing and teaching creative writing to enthusiastic teens and adults, and expository and remedial writing to reluctant college freshmen. I live in Morristown, New Jersey with my husband and two children. My dog, Ellie, is my faithful writing companion.