Author Q And A with James R. Benn
Author Q&A / November 12, 2010

James R. Benn (website) is the author of the Billy Boyle (Reviews) book series.  As a fan of historical fiction as well as consuming everything I can about the World War II era I immediately took to the series of a Boston Cop investigating crimes in Europe. And you know what? I also learned a thing or two along the way. Q. How did you come up with the idea for a Massachusetts Yankee in the Court of St. James? (apologies to Mark Twain). A. From the movie The Godfather. I was always curious about the opening wedding scene, where Michael sits alone in his Marine uniform, with all his medals. He’s the outsider within an ethnic clan that cares little for the war that has just ended. For the Corleones, it’s all about family. So instead of Sicilians at the end of the war, it’s Boston Irish at the beginning. The Boyles are dedicated to each other, a free Ireland, and look with suspicion upon another war to rescue the British Empire. Q. The Billy Boyle books center around not-so-well-known events during World War II. How do decide which events to write on? A. I look for events that are…

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