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The Big Thrill Discusses THE CANVAS with Lane Stone

Book Cover: THE CANVASBrilliant and beautiful art recovery expert, Emma Kelly, has her suspicions about all the sleepers showing up in the art market. Someone is amassing a fortune, but to what end? When she witnesses the murder of a renowned artist in a Washington, DC museum, and her husband, FBI Assistant Director in Charge, Elliott Baldwin, discharges his weapon in public to save her life, they are drawn into investigating a forgery ring.

In the exciting second installment of the Big Picture Trilogy, THE CANVAS, the body count rises, culminating in a terror attack outside the walls of the Vatican. Emma unmasks her foe, but he’s only getting started.

How long can she protect the greatest collection of art the world has ever known and her double life?

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Lane Stone

Author Lane Stone stopped by The Big Thrill to discuss her latest international suspense, THE CANVAS, Book #2 in the Big Picture Trilogy thrillers.

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

I’m an outliner—aka, a plotter. As I worked on The Collector, I knew she needed a reason for the jet setting. One day I realized that she had two husbands. She was the most outrageous protagonist I could write and I went for it.

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?

I was tired of the “baby flaws” I so-often found in protagonists. Like she’s so bad because she drinks bourbon, instead of wine. Emma is truly a special character. Btw, I named her that because of what Jane Austen said about her Emma—that she’d written a character only she would like very much. I wanted to see if I could get my readers to like my Emma.

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?

This is truly a feminist thriller series. She owns her power and choices like few other protagonists ever have.

What can you share about what you’re working on next?

Book three is (for now) titled, The Consequences. The difference in a trilogy and a series is that I have to wrap everything up—I mean everything. And my protagonist has left quite a mess—and the antagonist even a bigger one.


Proud baby boomer and dog mom, Lane Stone, is the author of the Big Picture Trilogy art thrillers, starting with The Collector, followed by THE CANVAS. Her other series were cozies.

When not writing she’s enjoying characteristic baby boomer pursuits: traveling and volunteering for good causes. Like the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and she serves on several boards. She has a post-graduate certificate in Antiquities Theft and Art Crime.

She is represented by Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency. And is a member of SinC, MWA, and ITW. She blogs with Miss Demeanors. She loves to hear from readers.

To learn more about the author, please visit her website.


THE CANVAS with Lane Stone