CRIME FICTION INTERVIEWS

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CARLA VALENTINE

Mortician/ Author

I'm a qualified Anatomical Pathology Technologist (Mortuary Technician or ‘Mortician’) holding both the Certificate and Diploma in Anatomical Pathology Technology. I'm also curator of Barts Pathology Museum and author of 'Past Mortems' and 'Murder Isn't Easy. Professionally I'm passionate about the history of forensic science, Agatha Christie and vintage murders. 

​Throughout my eight-year career in the post-mortem room, I carried out autopsies on Coronial, hospital and forensic cases, including pediatric and adult. This work also involved CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) and other high-risk cases such as SARS, Swine Flu and CJD. In my spare time I studied Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology, which led me to excavate plague graves in Venice and WWI graves in Belgium, as well as medieval burials in Chester. I also assist in the dissection of donated cadavers for medical students and was a consultant for the Bodyworlds plastinate exhibit in London. I've therefore dealt with the dead in all their forms

Aug 23, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Carla Valentine about his book Science of Murder 

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AMINA AKHTAR

Crime Fiction Author

Amina Akhtar is a former fashion writer and editor. She’s worked at Vogue, Elle.com, Style.com, NYTimes.com, and NYMag.com where she was the founding editor of The Cut blog. She’s written for numerous publications, including Yahoo Style, Fashionista, xoJane, Refinery29, Billboard, and for brands like Bergdorf Goodman and H&M’s 10 Years of Style tome. After toiling in the fashion ranks for over fifteen years, she now writes full time in the desert mountains, where she’s detoxing from her once glam life. #FashionVictim is Amina’s first novel.

Aug 17, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Amina Akhtar about her book Kismet

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LEE MURRAY

Crime Fiction Author

Lee Murray writes fiction for adults and children, for which she has been lucky enough to win some literary prizes. Her novels include A Dash of Reality, Battle of the Birds, and Misplaced. Lee lives with her family in New Zealand.

Aug 1,2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Lee Murray about her book Blood of the Sun 

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LAURIE BUCHANAN

Crime Fiction Author

A cross between Dr. Dolittle, Nanny McPhee, and a type-A Buddhist, Laurie Buchanan is an active listener, observer of details, payer of attention, reader and writer of books, kindness enthusiast, and red licorice aficionado. Her books have won multiple awards, including a Silver Nautilus, the International Book Award Gold Winner, and the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys long walks, bicycling, camping, and photography—because sometimes the best word choice is a picture. To learn more, please visit Laurie’s website at www.lauriebuchanan.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

May 5 , 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Laurie Buchanan about his book Iconoclast: A Sean McPherson Novel

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ALEX SEGURA 

Crime Fiction Author

Alex Segura is an acclaimed, award-winning writer of novels, comic books, short stories, and podcasts. He is the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Pete Fernandez Mystery series (including the Anthony Award-nominated crime novels Dangerous Ends, Blackout. and Miami Midnight), and the upcoming Secret Identity (Flatiron Books). His short story “Red Zone” won the 2020 Anthony Award for Best Short Story, and his border noir short story, “90 Miles” will be included in THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE STORIES of 2020. He has also written a number of comic books, most notably the superhero noir The Black Ghost, the YA music series The Archies, and the “Archie Meets” collection of crossovers, featuring real-life cameos from the Ramones, B-52s, and more. He is also the co-creator/co-writer of the Lethal Lit crime/YA podcast from iHeart Radio, which was named one of the best podcasts of 2018 by The New York Times. By day he is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Oni Press, with previous stints at Archie Comics and DC Comics. A Miami native, he lives in New York with his wife and children

April 18, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Alex Segura  about his book Secret Identity: A Novel

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JODY HADLOCK

Crime Fiction Author

Jody Hadlock’s love of history goes all the way back to junior high, when she was a member of the Junior Historians of Texas, so it’s no surprise her first novel is historical. She studied journalism at Texas A&M University and worked as a broadcast journalist and then in nonprofit public relations before turning her focus to fiction. She also writes screenplays and won the 2020 Dallas International Film Festival’s screenplay contest.

Feb 15,2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Jody Hadlock   about her book The Lives of Diamon Bessie 

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ED JAMES 

Crime Fiction Author

The bestselling DI Simon Fenchurch series is set on the gritty streets of East London, with seven books in the series.

The Scott Cullen series of Scottish police procedurals features a young Edinburgh Detective Constable investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he's desperate to climb. The first book, "Ghost in the Machine", has been downloaded over 400,000 times, hitting both the Amazon UK & US top five.

Spinning off the Cullen books, the Craig Hunter books star a PTSD-suffering ex-squaddie now working as a cop investigating sexual abuse cases, with lots of slapstick and office banter. The first three books are out now.

March 1, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Ed James   about his book A Hill to Die On

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MOLLY MACRAE

Crime Fiction Author

Molly MacRae writes the Highland Bookshop Mysteries, about four women who reinvent their lives when they buy a bookshop in Inversgail on the west coast of Scotland, and the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, about a textile preservation specialist in Blue Plum, Tennessee, who ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands.

Molly spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Tennessee, where she managed the Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace. Before the lure of books hooked her, she was the curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years, and she won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

March 22,2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Molly MacRae about her book Argyles and Arsenic 

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LEANNE KALE SPARKS 

Crime Fiction Author

After a short career in law, Leanne Kale Sparks is returning to her first love—writing about murder, mayhem, and crime. Currently, she is an author with Crooked Lane Books and is working on a new series featuring an FBI agent hunting down her best friend’s murderer. The backdrop is the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the playground of her youth, and the place that will always be home. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and German Shepherd, Zoe.

Feb 16, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Leanne Kale Sparks  about her book The Wrong Woman: A Novel

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D. MARSHALL CRAIG 

Crime Fiction Author

Across a 30-year career in medicine, I accumulated plenty of wild stories and met more than my share of interesting characters. I always thought they might one day make for a good book. Then in 1995, when large insurance companies started muscling their way into the healthcare industry, providing a natural antagonist, I decided to put pen to paper. Or in this case, fingers to a little bitty vintage Dell laptop.

After a year of early-morning writing sessions, and two unsuccessful years of mailing manuscripts to dozens of publishing houses, the book sat on the digital back-burner for almost two decades. Inspiration struck again in the summer of 2019, and I set about revising and re-promoting the work. Through determination, persistence, and the help of my partners at White Bird Publications, I'm proud to be able to present to you Cut to the Chase, a Dr. Kyle Chandler Thriller.

Feb 15,2022

About the Interview:

Interview with D. Marshall Craig  about his book Hidden Agendas

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TERRY PERSUN

Crime Fiction Author

Terry Persun's books have taken readers to the uncharted worlds near the edge of the galaxy ("Hear No Evil"), to lands where shape shifters battle humans (the "Doublesight" series), to the near future in both technology ("The Killing Machine" and "Revision 7:DNA") and shamanism ("The NSA Files" and "The Voodoo Case"), all while keeping the pace with thriller/suspense novels. He's also ventured into history ("Sweet Song" and "Ten Months in Wonderland"), contemporary crime ("Man by the Door" and "Mistake In Identity"), and mainstream novels ("The Perceived Darkness", "Wolf's Rite", and "Deception Creek")

Feb 8, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Terry Persun  about his book The Right Thing

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WILLIAM SHAW

Crime Fiction Author

William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted once for the CWA Gold Dagger and twice for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, and nominated for a Barry Award.

His DS Alexandra Cupidi series - and the standalone bestseller The Birdwatcher - are set in Dungeness Kent. He also writes the acclaimed Breen & Tozer crime series set in sixties London. He worked as a journalist for over twenty years and lives in Brighton.

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Feb 3, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with William Shaw  about his book The Trawlerman: a Dungeness mystery starring DS Alexandra Cupidi

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JUDY PENZ SHELUK

Crime Fiction Author

A former journalist and magazine editor, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: the Glass Dolphin Mysteries and the Marketville Mysteries. Her short crime fiction appears in several collections, including The Best Laid Plans, Heartbreaks & Half-truths, and Moonlight & Misadventure, which she also edited. Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime InternationalSisters in Crime – GuppiesSisters in Crime – TorontoInternational Thriller Writers, Inc., the South Simcoe Arts Council, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Chair on the Board of Directors.

Jan 17, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Judy Penz Sheluk about her book seiresThe Marketville Mysteries

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STAN JONES

Crime Fiction Author

With the help of an Alaska Native grandmother suffering from dementia, Chukchi police chief Nathan Active hunts down the killer who hid a woman’s expertly dismembered body in the ice cellar of an abandoned Inupiat fish camp. The investigation pulls Active into a dark tangle of love and jealousy, even as he struggles with the PTSD that has haunted him since being wounded in a shootout in an earlier case.

The case starts when Tommie Leokuk’s husband brings her to Active’s office to show him what she found in her latest midnight ramble around the Arctic hamlet of Chukchi. From the pouch of her traditional atiqluk, she pulls a human jawbone with a single molar still in place.

Oct 12 , 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Stan Jones  about his book Ghost Lights a Nathan Active Mystery

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TARA LASKOWSKI

Crime Fiction Author

The annual Halloween block party is the pinnacle of the year on idyllic suburban cul-de-sac Ivy Woods Drive. An influential group of neighborhood moms—known as the Ivy Five—plans the event for months.
Except the Ivy Five has been four for a long time.
When a new mother moves to town, eager to fit in, the moms see it as an opportunity to make the group whole again. This year’s block party should be the best yet... until the women start receiving anonymous messages threatening to expose the quiet neighborhood’s dark past—and the lengths they’ve gone to hide it.
As secrets seep out and the threats intensify, the Ivy Five must sort the loyal from the disloyal, the good from the bad. They’ll do anything to protect their families. But when a twisted plot is revealed, with dangerous consequences, their steady foundation begins to crumble, leaving only one certainty: after this year’s block party, Ivy Woods Drive will never be the same.
From award-winning author Tara Laskowski, The Mother Next Door is an atmospheric novel of domestic suspense in which the strive for perfection ends in murder

Oct 11 , 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with  Tara Laskowski about her book Mother Next Door

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ALAN ORLOFF

Crime Fiction Author

Before Alan stepped off the corporate merry-go-round, he had an eclectic (some might say disjointed) career. As an engineer, he worked on nuclear submarines, supervised assembly workers in factories, facilitated technology transfer from the Star Wars program, and learned to stack washing machines three high in a warehouse with a forklift. He even started his own recycling and waste reduction newsletter business. Now he writes fiction.

His most recent novel, I KNOW WHERE YOU SLEEP, is a Shamus Award Finalist for Best First PI Novel.

HIs YA thriller, I PLAY ONE ON TV, will be released from Down & Out Books in July.

Sept 8, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with  Alan Orloff about his book I Play One on TV

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GARY D. McGUGAN

Crime Fiction Author

Travel has always been a great component in my roles. I had the pleasure of visiting almost every city, town, village and hamlet in Canada while leading sales and marketing activities first for the motorcycle, then the automobile, divisions of Suzuki Motor Company’s Canadian subsidiary.
My job took me to most of the United States of America with a subsidiary of ITT. I enjoyed visiting all EU countries while living and working in Europe for several years – spearheading the creation of a new business unit for Deutsche Bank. And, responsibilities with a unit of GE Capital allowed me to explore several countries in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Every trip was an education. Learning about business practices and cultures before trips was essential, and every day in a country mined valuable information to develop a deeper understanding of its people, culture, laws, and treasures.
Experts say we should write about things we know best. In my case, those subjects are business, travel, and people. As an author, my goal is to share some experiences, insight, and views as I create fictional stories designed to entertain people around the world -- one reader at a time.

June 7, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Gary D. McGugan about his book Web of Deceit

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TERRY SHEPHERD

Crime Fiction Author

When a meth bust goes bad, Detective Jessica Ramirez and her partner, Officer Alexandra Clark, find themselves in pursuit of a serial killer who dispatches her own form of street justice from the rim of the Grand Canyon. They soon discover that the danger their adversary poses reaches well beyond Arizona and into the very heart of the New York City Financial District. Filled with 21st century crimes and non-stop action, Terry Shepherd’s first detective thriller features a diverse ensemble cast of strong smart women and the men who try to keep up with them. Jess and her partner, Officer Alexandra Clark, grab you from page one, and don’t let you go until the last plot twist is finally revealed.Chasing Vega is a heart pounding roller coaster ride that will make you want to return to Jess and Allie’s world again and again.

April 21, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Terry Shepherd about his book Chasing Vega 

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JAMES ROBERT SMITH

Crime Fiction Author

When superhumans begin to show up, the US government steps in to...well...govern them. Billy B is one of the most powerful super folk around, leader of a team of similarly endowed characters headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and handled by Uncle Sam. Life is what you might expect for any group of workers put together for a common task, except that these people can pulverize concrete blocks with their bare hands, or fly through steel plate, or melt rock with a glance, or read your mind, or any of dozens of other abilities far beyond those of mortal man. Still, though, things seem to go according to Federal plan until a dozen Roman gods come back to Earth to pick up where they left off a couple of thousand years ago. At that point, it's up to Billy B and his super folk to keep the peace. Read it now, for the first time, from the pen of the baddest of the bad: Billy B in the first volume of his fully authorized autobiography. 

FEBRUARY 4, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author JAMES ROBERT SMITH about his book WORKING CLASS HERO

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PAUL LAFFERTY 

Crime Fiction Author

Down the Lane takes the reader on an eye-opening look at the parts of Niagara Falls they don't tell you about in the tourist brochures. Follow Doc -- a strip club manager with dreams of getting out of the game -- as he gets involved with forces beyond his control. While biker gangs and old Mafia chieftains fight to control the city's underworld, Doc gets swept up in the violence and threats, and does everything he can to stay alive and out of prison.

"Paul Lafferty has done an extraordinary job with his first novel. As he guides the reader through the world of how organized crime actually works in Southern Ontario, he paints a vivid, shocking and always painstakingly accurate picture. His voice is steady and solid, his characters diverse and complex, and the story is full of surprises. Down the Lane is a must-read for crime-fiction fans."

JAN 18, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author PAUL LAFFERTY about his book DOWN THE LANE

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WILLIAM MURRAY

Crime Fiction Author

  • Mars Attacks! War Dogs of the Golden Horde, as by Ray W. Murill, Del Rey Books (1996)

  • Nick Fury, Agent of Shield: Empyre, Berkley Boulevard Books (2000)

  • Doc Savage: Skull Island, Altus Press (2013)

  • Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow, as by Kenneth Robeson, Altus Press (2015)

  • The Wild Adventures of Tarzan (Vol 1): Return to Pal-ul-don, Altus Press (2015)

  • The Wild Adventures of Pat Savage (Vol 1): Six Scarlet Scorpions, Altus Press (2016)

  • King Kong vs. Tarzan, Altus Press (2016)

  • The Wild Adventures of The Spider (Book 1): The Doom Legion, Altus Press (2018)

  • The Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan, Conqueror of Mars, Altus Press (2020)

July 1, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author William Patrick Murray about his history of writing books, including Sherlock Holmes

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LEE GOLDBERG

Crime Fiction Author

“Lost Hills is Lee Goldberg at his best. Inspired by the real-world grit and glitz of LA County crime, this book takes no prisoners. And neither does Eve Ronin. Take a ride with her and you’ll find yourself with a heroine for the ages. And you’ll be left hoping for more.” —Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Thrills and chills! Lost Hills is the perfect combination of action and suspense, not to mention Eve Ronin is one of the best new female characters in ages. You will race through the pages!” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

July 1, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Lee Goldberg about the latest Lost Hills