Hackers are coming

I read this article in the New York Times and spent a morning gloating. After all, back in 2011, I built my first novel, Fatal Score, around the likelihood that there would be a cyber war and groups of good (white hat) and bad (black hat) hackers would be roiling cyberspace. How clever of me.

Then I spent the afternoon of that day thinking, Holy Shibbit—if an ordinary citizen could come so close to reality, why haven’t we been building that national firewall I predicted in Fatal Score? We apparently have known for years that security is weak, or at least uncoordinated and sporadic. Now, here we are.

And then there’s the Russian oligarch thing. We’re surprised at this vague force involving itself in cyber warfare? Really? It seemed an obvious evolution in Fail Deadly, which I’m currently sending out to agents. (sidebar: if anyone would like to be an advance reader, let me know through the ‘Contact’ tab.)

Am I clever? I’d like to think so. Of course, there is the fact that I can’t install a disposal and Google Drive won’t give me back the files I put there. But the cyberwar that’s coming is also an obvious development. I can only hope that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes involving huge resources and people at least as clever as the hackers.

Weezy Spills

I was on a Zoom discussion several weeks ago. That led to an offer to do a blog interview about writing women.

I took a look at the blog site, Lois Winston’s Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers, and the whole notion of a guy like me pontificating on writing female characters seemed wrong. I mean, it’s a great site, but it’s PINK.

We came up with a solution: let Weezy talk.Much to my surprise, my co-protagonist in the Mayfield-Napolitani series, Louise Napolitani, granted the interview and turned out to be quite voluble. She normally doesn’t do such things. After all, she’s a cybersecurity expert, and her expertise has gotten her nearly incinerated in a tin-box trailer, pushed off an elegant river cruiser in the Danube, and … well, she goes through a lot more in books to come. This blogger, Lois Winston, must have special skills to penetrate the hard shell Weezy sometimes presents to the world.

I think you’ll find the interview interesting. Read it at https://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/2022/01/an-interview-with-louise-weezy.html

I know most of you have the first book in the Mayfield-Napolitani series, Fatal Score, but if you don’t, it’s available free HERE