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Feature Mon Nov 22 2010

Answers and Questions: Jamie Freveletti

Answers and Questions is a biweekly column that asks Chicago writers to remember the funniest or strangest things they've been asked in a question-and-answer session, during a talk, or in an interview.

A couple of weeks ago, Kevin Guilfoile answered our question with a bizarre fan story, and this week, Jamie Freveletti, a fellow contributing blogger to the Outfit collective of Chicago crime writers, shares an odd encounter. Freveletti, a trial lawyer, has published two thrillers about a very active protagonist: Running from the Devil (awarded Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers) and Running Dark, which came out in June. Something about these thriller writers seems to attract interesting characters at their readings:

My signings have been fairly mainstream, but at a signing for Running Dark, a novel about Somali pirates attacking a cruise liner, I was approached by a friend of my cousin who was married to a Somali prince from the area of Eyl, the main pirate enclave in Somalia. He graciously offered me safe passage there, saying that no one would dare harm anyone under their protection. I was thinking "How great is this? I'm going!" but when I returned to Chicago, my husband gave me such an alarmed look that I had to rethink my trip.

But Freveletti hasn't given up on the idea; she's planning to meet with the couple to talk in more detail about a possible trip. Just a warning to any Somali pirates who might be thinking of attacking Freveletti: she has a black belt in aikido.

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