Ambitious, twenty-something FBI Special Agent Jade Harrington cuts her vacation short to investigate the murder of a conservative radio personality only to discover that he may be the victim of a serial killer. Whitney Fairchild, the elegant and charismatic Democratic senator from Missouri, campaigns in a cutthroat race for president of the United States. Cole Brennan, the most popular conservative talk-show host in the nation, battles nightly to save his country and help the incumbent Republican president maintain his ‘inner conservative’ to win re-election.
The lives of Jade, Whitney, Cole, and the killer—who has an agenda of his own—are on a collision course. That course will not just impact them each in ways they could never have foreseen, but also the future of the United States of America. Amidst a backdrop of contemporary power politics driven by the influence of talk radio and social media, DON’T SPEAK thrills even as it explores many of the complex issues facing Americans today.
My wife told me that I loved reading so much, I should be a writer. I responded in my best Michael Jackson voice, "I'm a reader, not a writer." That night, I had a dream about the plot for Don't Speak, and the next day I started writing it.
If you were to create a spin off of Don't Speak with one of your supporting characters, which one would it be and why?
Zoe. There's a lot more to Zoe than has been revealed so far. She's beautiful, wild, intelligent, and independent. There is no telling what she could get into.
If you could write in any other genre that you've not previously published a book in, what would it be and why?
Literature. I have the great American novel in me. I am not sure what it's going to be about, yet, but I can't wait to find out
What is it that you'd like readers to walk away with after reading Don't Speak?
Beyond being a great read that you cannot put down, I hope my novel makes you think about the political climate in America, and how we--it's citizens--are going to resolve the myriad of important issues that confront us.
What is a hidden talent or favorite pastime that you enjoy that may surprise others?
Most people would say it's that I'm a writer. I have been labeled an athlete my entire life.
About J.L. Brown
J. L. Brown combines her love for sports, politics, and current affairs in her writing. Two of her short stories, Justice for One and Behind the Gates, were published in cc&d magazine in 2014.
A native of Fairfax, VA, she currently resides with her wife in Seattle, and is working on the second book in the Jade Harrington series.