Nine years ago, Jan Karon, the author of the hugely popular Mitford series of novels, announced that Light from Heaven (2005) would be the last Mitford book. Now, she’s back with a new Mitford novel featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh and his wife Cynthia, along with the rest of their family, neighbors and friends set in this fictional North Carolina town. The series has sold many millions of books and there’s no doubt that untold numbers of Jan Karon fans are ecstatic about the publication of Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.
As an author of crime-thriller fiction, I’ve occasionally been asked about violence in my novels. Typical questions range from, why is so much violence in your books? to another, more personal one: Is violence part of your personality or is it totally contrived for your novels?