Why Karna Small Bodman Scares Me

Okay, I admit it, Karna Small Bodman intimidates the heck out of me.


She’s had more high profile jobs than anyone ranking under Secretary of State.  And to be honest, there are a few Sec’s that she’s run rings around.  This is a woman who knows first hand how the White House and National Security really works.  She’s been thrust into emergency situations and the assassination attempt against a President.  She’s met with Cold War leaders, popes, and prime ministers and anchored TV news.

You’d probably be intimidated, too.


Aboard Air Force One with President Reagan
With Gorbachev

So, if my voice starts out a little shaky on this interview, please forgive me.  Just trying to remember this lovely woman’s bio, and the alphabet soup of Federal agencies she’s served with takes the talent of someone more experienced than I.

Karna has taken all that real world knowledge and used it in her thrillers.  It’s so accurate, her book, Castle Bravo, had me shaking in my boots.  Funny thing is, this amazing woman, who writes such scary, fact-based fiction is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  She’s  smart, articulate, and kind.

So, forgive me as I trip over my words and her accomplishments and join me as I interview Karna Small Bodman.  This is one interview, you won’t want to miss.

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About Diana Belchase

I am an author, who won the Golden Heart for my suspense novel "The Spy in the Mirror" and was a Golden Heart finalist, once again, for my second novel, "The Spy in the Harem." I am also a triple Daphne Du Maurier finalist for three other books. Please follow me at my website: TopSecretWashington.com, or friend/follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or on my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DianaBelchase See you there!

Posted on November 19, 2013, in Author Interview, DC By The Book, Diana Belchase and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Welcome Karna, and WOW, I love Diana’s video interviews! We get to know you so much better, although her written intro had me sitting up in attention!

    Which of your novels is your favorite and why?

  2. Welcome, to K&T, Karna! I know I talked to you briefly at a recent WRW meeting, but I had no idea how fascinating your background is. Your books sound fantastic, and I’ll definitely be adding them to my TBR list.

    Great interview, Diana. You wow me with your poise. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful interview, Diana and Karna! I loved Checkmate and Gambit and I can’t wait to read The Agent.

    I love your video interviews, Diana. I envy your confidence!

  4. Diana, great interview. I totally felt the shivers you felt after hearing Karna talk about possible terrorist uses of nuclear devices. Wow. Karna, thanks so much for being here today. And thank you for your service to our country in the White House. What an amazing life you have led. Your books sound equally amazing.

  5. What a fantastic interview! I plan to buy CASTLE BRAVO today! I’ve been following some blogs about preparedness, and I heard about EMPs this past year. I can’t tell you how the idea scares me. Karna Small Bodman’s book sounds amazing. And what an interesting life she’s had. I could listen to her all day.
    And you, too–of course–Diana. 🙂

  6. That hypothetical chaos…WOW. Such insight! Really enjoyed the interview, ladies.

  7. Great interview, Diana, and welcome to Kiss and Thrill, Karna! Your books sound like my favorite: political thrillers with romance. Can’t wait to read!

  8. Thanks for tuning in to that interview and for your great comments – really appreciate it. As for my “favorite” book – I’m sure a lot of authors would say, “They’re all my children.” Hmmmm. I think if someone wanted to “start now” — I’d suggest picking up FINAL FINESSE (my 3rd novel) which introduces new characters – and then the same hero and heroine are featured in this novel, CASTLE BRAVO. Hope you all enjoy these stories. By the way – all the links are right under the cover art on my website: http://www.karnabodman.com — and if anyone would like an autographed bookplate to stick inside (perhaps to have an autographed book as a Christmas gift) — just shoot me an email from the website and I’d be delighted to put one in the mail to you. Best…Karna

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