The Big Thrill Discusses Osprey With M. L. Buchman
World War I began with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. World War II launched with the invasion of Poland. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine didn’t do it—yet.
A close flyby of an American CMV-22 Osprey tiltrotor goes desperately wrong over the North Sea. Will the tipping point for World War III break the moment a favored daughter of the Oligarchy goes down in flames?
When the NSA’s secret military base at Menwith Hill in the UK can’t handle it, they call in Miranda Chase. She and her elite team of air-crash investigators must avert a crisis like none before. A crisis that unravels her past, batters at her autism, and threatens to crush her team in the ultimate grinder of East vs. West.
M. L. Buchman recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing his latest thriller, OSPREY.
Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?
Every time I see the dangerous approaches of close passage or flybys between the US and Russia or China, I cringe. How small a mistake would it take to create a disaster? It was finally time to write about it.
A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?
What drives me into a book is the characters, the idea is secondary no matter how compelling. Miranda Chase was too comfortable, too safe by the end of the prior novel in the series. It was time to test her mettle and this novel was all about that.
When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?
In military romantic suspense I had created a compelling female character who the fans adored, Emily Beale, a top military helicopter pilot. I wanted to create another character just as engaging. That’s when I struck on the idea of her being autistic. As competent and together as Emily is, Miranda is equally competent but a mess in so many wonderful ways.
In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?
In my writing I always try to open a door to the world around us and peek through to show what we don’t see. If we can see it, we can think about it and talk about it. Is that a view into global politics and spying? Great. Is it an great awareness of how an autistic heroine navigates life? Even better. The role of women in our society…
What can you share about what you’re working on next?
The next Miranda is in draft. Hoping for late 2023 release.
USA Today and Amazon #1 Bestseller M. L. “Matt” Buchman has 70+ novels, 125 short stories, and 50 read-by-author audiobooks. From the very beginning, his powerful female heroines insisted on putting character first, then a great adventure. PW declares of his Miranda Chase action-adventure thrillers that: “Tom Clancy fans open to a strong female lead will clamor for more.” About his military romantic thrillers: “Like Robert Ludlum and Nora Roberts had a book baby.” He is also the founder and editor of Thrill Ride – the Magazine.
A project manager with a geophysics degree, he’s designed and built houses, flown and jumped out of planes, solo-sailed a 50’ sailboat, and bicycled solo around the world…and designs quilts. He and his wife presently live on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
To learn more about the author, please visit www.mlbuchman.com.
OSPREY With M. L. Buchman