So….several times on book tour I’ve been asked the same question during Q&A, verbatim: “So were you really rescued from a plane?” (For those of you who don’t know, this is a reference to the backstory of the fictional Alafair Robicheaux in the Dave Robicheaux series authored by a different Burke.) Someone posting as Barnaby Jones even asked the question while I was briefly a guest at the Barnes & Noble Center Stage Book Club.
My sister Pamala (webmaster at my dad’s site) just confessed that she has been tracking my movements across the country, enlisting volunteers to pose the question, and then called the stores afterwards to make sure they were in on the joke. And the poster known as Barnaby Jones? That would be the prankster once again.
Can’t believe I didn’t figure it out sooner! As for her helpers on the road, next year I expect a different question.