The Invasive Species by Frankie Bow Interview & Giveaway
The Invasive Species by Frankie Bow
Author Frankie Bow’s wonderful characters in The Invasive Species have been changing during this and her previous four books in the series. Each character’s relationships to the others are evolving. ~Jane Reads
Professor Molly Barda is thrilled to be included in a grant to investigate attitudes toward biotechnology. But she immediately finds herself embroiled in the deadly fight between big biotech and anti-GMO activists. When Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura stumble onto the scene of a brutal murder, they realize that everyone has something to hide–and there are some questions you don’t ask.
The Professor Molly mysteries are the first campus murder mysteries set in Hawaii.
About The Author
Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.
In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.
Where are you from?
Originally the Los Angeles area. I moved from there to a
volcanic island with no freeways. It was a bit of an adjustment, but I love
living in Hawaii.
Tell us your latest
I’m thrilled to introduce The Invasive Species. Professor
Molly, my protagonist, has had major developments in her personal life, but
some things are constant. She’s still struggling with commitment, and still
bickering with her best friend Emma Nakamura.
Why do you write?
It’s a way to use a part of my brain that would probably
atrophy otherwise. And I do it to entertain myself and those readers who share
my sense of humor.
Do you think of
yourself as a writer?
I don’t think I’ve ever introduced myself to someone as a
writer. But in my own mind, yes.
What inspired you to
write The Invasive Species?
It was inspired by the controversy over genetically modified
crops, which is especially intense in Hawaii.
How would you
describe your writing style? Flippant.
How did you come up
with the title?
Invasive species in Hawaii can be really destructive, as the
plant and animal life here evolved in relatively protected isolation. So people
are very attuned to the harm that can be caused by things like Albizia trees,
which have shallow roots and can topple over in a high wind and cause a lot of
damage. The title also refers to the protagonist, who is kind of an “invasive”
herself, in that she didn’t grow up here.
Is there a message in
your novel that you want readers to grasp?
It’s difficult—maybe impossible—to work in a corrupt system
and stay morally pure; but you can sure tie yourself into knots trying to pick
the least-worst plan of action.
What would you like
my readers to know?
That Mahina State is not to be confused with my real-life
employer! I have a lot of fun writing about Mahina State University and
imagining all sorts of knavery and foolishness, but most of what I write is taken
from higher ed news, with just a dash of speculation.