BOULDER, Colo. — His books are sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, bite-your-nails-to-bits, spine-tingling.
Yet Stephen White, the best-selling author behind 16 psychological thrillers, is remarkably low-key.
The soft-spoken gentleman munching a veggie panini at one of his favorite local eateries here is a psychologist (though not a practicing one anymore), just like Alan Gregory, the psychologist protagonist in many of his novels.
As the author sips a white china cup of espresso (a self-described java junkie who says he's picky about where he imbibes it), he talks about his newest novel, The Siege, out today. He also shares a quality with another character in his books: what it's like to live with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease of the central nervous system, which he has had for 23 years.
One of the key characters in many of his novels, Lauren Crowder, Gregory's wife, has MS, too. He says many of his fans write to him about her illness. And though White has never kept the fact that he has MS a secret, until now he has been reluctant to talk publicly about it and how it affects his life and informs his writing.