I enjoy reading two kinds of novels in particular: family sagas and thrillers. Ergo, when I began writing books in the late 1970s, I chose as my field – you guessed it – family sagas and thrillers. Admittedly, the sagas far outnumber the thrillers (eight to four, I think, at the last count) but each group shares a defining quality. The sagas were usually based on immigrant families, either to the United Kingdom or the United States, and they gave me the opportunity to place my story and my characters into a field which held great interest for me, such as newspapers, the retail industry, entertainment, and crime, all of which I had written about during the journalism career which preceded my life of fiction.
The thrillers, on the other hand, were always based on a simple two-word question: ‘What if?’
The ‘What If?’ that gave birth to Munich 10 was a particularly intriguing question. What if a certain British actress and former Olympic swimmer was not all she appeared to be? And what if this actress had a child, a son who had never known his father? Never known him, because the father had died before the boy was born, a victim of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes perpetrated by Black September? And what if this actress, Samantha Sutcliffe, had then been carefully groomed by Israeli agents to become an outspoken supporter of the Palestinian cause, a mole waiting in place until she could do the most damage to the people who had destroyed her love?
Those are some pretty powerful ‘What Ifs’…
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