TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine is happy to announce former ‘James Bond’ novelist Raymond Benson’s new book series, The Black Stiletto, to our thousands of readers.
We first interviewed Raymond in our March 1, 2010 issue (click on to see article). Since then he has been quite busy and the following year released the first book of his new series. The new series has quite an appeal to women. Raymond, please tell us about The Black Stiletto and the theme behind it.
RB- Thank you and it’s nice to be back. The project started in early 2009 when I was sitting with my literary manager, Peter Miller, and we were discussing what I should do for my next big thing. He said, “You really need to come up with something that women will like, because book-buyers are mostly women.” Facetiously, I said, “How about a female superhero?” We had a good laugh, and then Peter got serious and said, “You know, that’s not a bad idea.” Coincidentally, I already had in my head a different premise for a story about a grown man who is taking care of his elderly mother in a nursing home—she has Alzheimer’s—and he discovers some dark secret about her past. I didn’t know what that secret was. I’d had some experience with Alzheimer’s… my mother-in-law had it and was dying at that time…she passed away in the fall of 2009. So, in short, I combined the two ideas. The grown son discovers that his dying mother was the legendary Black Stiletto, a masked vigilante who was active between 1958 and 1962, became famous, and mysteriously vanished. It became two parallel stories—one in the past, which is the Stiletto’s story told in first-person, in diary form; and one in the present, told in first person by the son. (more…)