Killer Thriller TV: The Money Kill, Travel, and Family with Katia Lief

Killer-Thrillers is excited to continue the new series of video interviews with top Thriller authors.

katia liefIn today’s interview, thriller author J.F.Penn interviews Katia Lief, the author of several internationally bestselling crime novels.

Her latest is THE MONEY KILL, the fourth installment of her Karin Schaeffer series, and was published in 2013 by HarperCollins. She teaches fiction writing at The New School in Manhattan and lives with her family in Brooklyn.

You can watch the video here on YouTube or below. You can also watch the rest of the KillerThriller TV episodes here.

  • Katia talks about her writing history and how her teaching continues to inspire her
  • We discuss ‘The Money Kill’, where private investigators Karin and Mac take on a case of infidelity in New York, only to find the trouble follows them to the island of Sardinia where their family is threatened. Katia’s books often start off on a small scale of suspense, building up to a large scale thriller adventure.
  • Katia talks about her travels and how she incorporates that into her books. She spent two weeks in Sardinia as part of her research and often travels with her family, extending research into fun. Her #1 inspirational place in the world is still Brooklyn and New York, and explains the impact living there has had on her life and how it informs her work.
  • The parallels between Karin’s life and Katia’s. How family means everything and threat to family is a key theme in the books. Katia writes Karin in the 1st person and many of her personal thoughts are expressed in the books, but they are also different in many ways e.g. Karin is a risk-lover and great at self-defense.
  • Katia’s writing life and routine. She’s takes her time getting started but once she’s at her desk, she works for hours with focus.
  • money killKatia talks about what she likes to read, recommending Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn as well as Patricia Highsmith, John Fowles’ The Collector and Lolita by Nabokov

You can find Katia at
You can buy ‘The Money Kill’ at all online bookstores and here on Amazon

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