When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.
Targeted Age Group: General
Genre: thriller/legal thriller
My husband, a Superior Court judge in California, presided over a criminal case in which he sentenced a sixteen-year-old boy to life in prison because he had been tried as an adult. It was a dramatic trial and it was the inspiration for Hostile Witness. When you wrote the book did you know you were going to offer it as an audio book?
Why did you decide to produce an audio book?
My son is a talent manager and his client, Tara Platt, is an award winning voiceover. I have to credit him for making it happen and Tara for bringing life to the characters I love.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
Tara actually did a sample reading for me. After I heard her voice, there was never any question that she would be the voice of Josie Bates and The Witness Series.
GIve your talent as much information as you can in as orderly a manner as you can. I wrote an overview for Tara of each of the primary characters – not just the main one – a short synopsis, plot points etc. I also gave her a copy of the book. What else would you like to share with readers about your audio book?
I am not sure I can adequately express the feeling of hearing this story told. I thought an audio book would feel a bit anticlimactic. After all, I knew who these characters were, I knew the story, I knew how it ended and yet I found myself caught up as if I it was unfolding for the first time. That was an amazing experience.