CRIME FICTION INTERVIEWS

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May 5 , 2022

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.

About the Interview:

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

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April 18, 2022

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

About the Interview:

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

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Feb 15,2022

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.

About the Interview:

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

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March 1, 2022

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.

About the Interview:

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

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March 22,2022

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.

About the Interview:

Interview with Molly MacRae about her book Argyles and Arsenic 

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Feb 16, 2022

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.

About the Interview:

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

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Feb 15,2022

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.

About the Interview:

Interview with D. Marshall Craig  about his book Hidden Agendas

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Feb 8, 2022

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")

About the Interview:

Interview with Terry Persun  about his book The Right Thing

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Feb 3, 2022

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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About the Interview:

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

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Jan 17, 2022

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.

About the Interview:

Interview with Judy Penz Sheluk about her book seiresThe Marketville Mysteries

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Nov 3, 2021

DAISY WAUGH

Crime Fiction Author

Most recently Daisy Waugh has published three comic novels: In the Crypt with a Candlestick, and Phone for the Fish Knives, are both comic murder-mysteries set at crumbling Tode Hall (the seventh most recognisable, privately-owned stately home in Britain). Guy Woake's Word Diary is set at Britain's seventh least recognisable university. It's written in the voice of a politically aware fist year student, who takes offence at almost everything, and is determined to change the world.Daisy has also written three historical novels, set in early 20th Century USA, a commentary on the madness of modern motherhood (I Don't Knw Why She Bothers) and a travelogue about her life as teacher in Northern Kenya (A Small Town in Africa). She has written weekly columns for several newspapers and magazines including the Sunday Times, the Times, Standpoint, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Express and the Indy. She has previously worked as an agony aunt, and currently doubles up as a Tarot reader

About the Interview:

Interview with Daisy Waugh about her book In the crypt with a Candlestick

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Oct 12 , 2021

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.

About the Interview:

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

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Oct 11 , 2021

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

About the Interview:

Interview with  Tara Laskowski about her book Mother Next Door

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Sept 8, 2021

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.

About the Interview:

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

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Aug 6, 2021

TESSA LUNNEY

Crime Fiction Author

October 1922. Kiki Button has had a rough year at home in Australia after her mother’s sudden death. As the leaves turn gold on the Parisian boulevards, Kiki returns to Europe, more desperately in need of Paris and all its liveliness than ever. As soon as she arrives back in Montparnasse, Kiki takes up her life again, drinking with artists at the Café Rotonde, gossiping with her friends, and finding lovers among the enormous expatriate community. Even her summertime lover from the year before, handsome Russian exile Prince Theo Romanov, is waiting for her.
But it’s not all champagne and moonlit trysts. Theo is worried that his brother-in-law is being led astray by political fanatics. Kiki’s boy from home, Tom, is still hiding under a false name. Her friends are in trouble—Maisie has been blackmailed and looks for revenge, Bertie is still lovesick and lonely, and Harry has important information about her mother. And to top it off, she is found by Dr. Fox, her former spymaster, who insists that she work for him once more

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Tessa Lunney about her book Autumn Leaves, 1922: A Kiki Button Mystery

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Aug 3, 2021

ANN APTAKER

Crime Fiction Author

New York City, 1954.
Two women are found murdered. One is Lorraine Quinn, Cantor Gold’s most recent one-night-stand. The other is political power broker and aspiring New York socialite Eve Garraway, a regular client of Cantor’s stolen art trade.
Police nemesis, Lieutenant Norm Huber, wants to pin the murders on Cantor, send her to prison, and put her in the electric chair. He’ll get evidence on her any way he can. Into this cauldron of danger and death come two other women, each with ties to Cantor’s past. One hates her until passion intervenes; the other harbors darkly hidden feelings.
Set during the earliest stirrings of the Homosexual Rights Movement, Cantor begins to question her own tenuous identity, and the trade-offs she must make to get what she wants.
Cantor Gold, dapper butch art thief and smuggler for whom survival is everything, must now grapple with two fronts: surviving the shifting sands of the criminal underworld, and navigating the changing tides of society

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Ann Aptaker about her book Murder and Gold (Cantor Gold Crime Series Book 5)

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July 20, 2021

P. J. VERNON

Crime Fiction Author

P. J. Vernon was born in South Carolina and has been called "a name to watch in the thriller genre" (Booklist). Library Journal and Book Riot compare his critically-acclaimed Gothic debut When You Find Me to Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects. His next thriller, Bath Haus, is forthcoming in June 2021 (Doubleday). Vernon is represented by Aevitas Creative Management and United Talent Agency (TV/film). He lives in Canada with his partner and two wily dogs.

About the Interview:

Interview with  P.J. Vernon about his book Bath Haus : A Thriller

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July 14, 2021

ANN CHARLES

Crime Fiction Author

Ann Charles is a USA Today Best-Selling author who writes award-winning mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance, and whatever else sounds fun. She has a western paranormal Deadwood Undertaker Series in process that is co-written with Sam Lucky--LIFE AT THE COFFIN JOINT (book 1), A LONG WAY FROM ORDINARY (book 2), CAN'T RIDE AROUND IT (book 3), and CATAWAMPUS CHRISTMAS CAROL (book 3.5).
She has several short stories as well--DEADWOOD SHORTS: SEEING TROUBLE (book 1.5), BOOT POINTS (book 4.5), COLD FLAME (book 6.5), TEQUILA & TIME (book 8.5), and FATAL TRADITIONS (book 10.5). These are all short stories from her Deadwood Mystery Series. Also, she has THE OLD MAN'S BACK IN TOWN, a short story from her future Goldwash Mystery Series.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Ann Charles about her book Can't Ride Around It (Deadwood Undertaker Series Book 3)

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July 12, 2021

RACHAEL TAMAYO

Crime Fiction Author

Rachael is a multi-award winning author. International best seller, and love of all things dark and romantic. Rachael lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and children.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Rachael Tamayo  about her book Carnal Knowledge: A Gripping Serial Killer Thriller (A Deadly Sins Novel Book 2)

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July 1,, 2021

WILLIAM GENSBURGER

Crime Fiction Author

William Gensburger is the author of TEXAS DEAD, a murder mystery novel, DISTANT RUMORS, an anthology of 16 stories about life and death, and HOMO IDIOTUS, a collection of published newspaper editorials.
He is also the publisher of 'Books'N Pieces Magazine (soon to be a video podcast), where he has worked with many different authors, as well as publishing The Concordian, a 24-page monthly community newspaper, until 2016.
He currently lives in Texas with his wife and children, and a cat that runs his life.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author William Gensburger about his book Texas Dead

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June 8, 2021

BARBARA WILSON

Crime Fiction Author

Literary mysteries, criminal and otherwise, have always been some of my favorite reading. I’m not much for the grisly stuff, but I like a range of historical mysteries, political thrillers, and detective novels with eccentric sleuths and international settings. Sometime in the seventies I’d begun to read a few mysteries with feminist detectives, like the Kate Fansler mysteries by Amanda Cross (Carolyn Heilbrun), as well as the political novels by Marge Piercy that combined action and feminist and leftist politics. At the time I lived in Seattle and  was active in progressive causes and part of several collectives

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Barbara Wislon  about her book Not the Real Jupiter 

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June 7, 2021

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.

About the Interview:

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

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April 30, 2021

MICHAEL M. HUGHES

Crime Fiction Author

Michael M. Hughes is an author, speaker, magical thinker, and activist. He is the creator of the internationally viral Mass Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him, the largest and longest-running magical working in history. He frequently appears on podcasts and speaks on politics, magic, pop culture, the paranormal, tarot, and conspiracies. You can sign up for his newsletter at http://michaelmhughes.com.

The resistance is growing, and it needs your help. This book provides spells and rituals designed to help you put your magical will to work to create a more just and equitable world. These magical workings can be used by activists of any spiritual or religious background. With ideas for altars, meditations, community organizing, self-care, and more, Magic for the Resistance offers a toolkit for magical people or first-time spellcasters who want to manifest social justice, equality, and peace.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Michael M. Hughes about his book Magic for the Resistance 

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April 27, 2021

KATHERINE DEAN MAZEROV

Crime Fiction Author

Career journalist KATHERINE DEAN (Katie) MAZEROV understands the power of stories that resonate with people, touch their lives. In her debut novel, Summer Club, she explores the complexities of life and foibles of human nature that emerge at rundown swim and tennis club rife with hilarious dysfunction and parent drama--and where a journalist-turned-stay-at-home-mom stumbles onto a dark fraud scheme. The award-winning newspaper reporter and editor has been a magazine writer, worked in corporate communications for a Fortune 500 company and written extensively on trends, market outlook and emerging technologies for the global energy industry. As an editor at The Denver Post, Katie was a member of the team that won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. Like the protagonist in her book, she has experienced the challenges of balancing career and family. After putting her own career on hold to stay home, she did her fair share of volunteering--from the classroom to her own neighborhood swim and tennis club--which, she learned, can sometimes be more competitive and ruthless than even the most stressful work environment.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Katherine Dean Mazerov  about her book Summer Club  

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April 22, 2021

W.A. WINTER

Crime Fiction Author

W.A. Winter is the pen name of a Minneapolis-based journalist and author who has written extensively about crime, law enforcement, and the courts. See You/See Me, Handyman, and Wolfie's Game are his first ebook novels.
Under his real name, William Swanson, he is the author of three true-crime books: Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson, Black White Blue: The Assassination of Patrolman Sackett, and Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper. Dial M was the basis of an Investigation Discovery Network feature and has been optioned for a feature film.
Seventh Street Books will publish W.A. Winter's latest Midwestern noir novel, The Secret Lives of Dentists, in a trade paperback edition, in April. Winter's next novel--like Secret Lives inspired by a high-profile Twin Cities crime--will be published next year.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author W.A. Winter  about his book The Secret Lives of Dentists

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April 21, 2021

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.

About the Interview:

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

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April 19, 2021

DIANE BATOR

Crime Fiction Author

A prolific mystery writer, I am the mom of three kids and two cats as well as author of Wild Blue Mysteries, Gilda Wright Mysteries, Glitter Bay Mysteries, and the Audra Clemmings Mysteries from Books We Love Ltd. with many more to come!

You can find me at:
Blog: http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Website: http://penspaintsandpaper.com/index.html
Publisher Website: https://bookswelove.net/bator-diane/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dianebatorauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7179945.Diane_Bato

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Diane Bator about her book All that Shines 

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April 13, 2021

MELISSA YI

Crime Fiction Author

Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes, M.D., is a Canadian emergency doctor with a special interest in health education. She aims to make research accessible and engaging for everyone. Her columns appear regularly in The Medical Post. She is the lead author of a study on spinal wounds published in Spine.

Under the name Melissa Yi, she writes the searing Hope Sze medical mystery series, hailed as "entertaining and insightful" by Publishers Weekly and praised for its "wonderful characters and plot" on CBC Radio. She also writes speculative fiction, romance, children's literature, and medical memoir.

She has two small children, one larger husband, and a very loud Rottweiler. She makes friends on Facebook and Twitter (@dr_sassy) and welcomes visitors at www.melissayuaninnes.com

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Melissa Yi about her book Scorpian Scheme : Death and Danger on the Nile

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April 9, 2021

GARRICK JONES

Crime Fiction Author

After a thirty year career as a professional opera singer, performing as a soloist in opera houses and in concert halls all over the world, I took up a position as lecturer in music in Australia in 1999, at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which is now part of CQUniversity.

Brought up in Australia, between the bush and the beaches of the Eastern suburbs, I retired in 2015 and now live in the tropics, writing, gardening, and finally finding time to enjoy life and to re-establish a connection with who I am after a very busy career on the stage and as an academic.

I write mostly historical gay fiction. The stories are always about relationships and the inner workings of men; sometimes my fellas get down to the nitty-gritty, sometimes it's up to you, the reader, to fill in the blanks.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Garrick Jones  about his book Gilded Madonna

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MARCH 10, 2021

WENDY HEARD 

Crime Fiction Author

Wendy Heard is the author of two adult thrillers: The Kill Club and Hunting Annabelle, which Kirkus Reviews praised as "a diabolically plotted creep show from a writer to watch." She's Too Pretty To Burn, which Kirkus called "a wild and satisfying romp" in a starred review, marks her YA debut. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America, is a contributor at Crimereads.com, and co-hosts the Unlikeable Female Characters podcast. Wendy lives in Los Angeles, California.

She can be found online at:
www.wendyheard.com
instagram.com/wendydheard
twitter.com/wendydheard

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Wendy Heard about her book She's too Pretty to Burn

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MARCH 9, 2021

NICK THACKER 

Crime Fiction Author

There's a new threat to Harvey Bennett and the CSO team. A new threat to the entire world.
Terrorist attacks grip the world in fear. A deep, dark truth has resurfaced — one that's run through the threads of history. And one man wants Harvey Bennett dead.
Harvey Bennett is back in the darkest, most twisted, action-packed installation to the series.
When an explosion rocks Ben's home in Alaska, the CSO team realizes the chilling truth: the explosion wasn't an accident. And they were specifically targeted.
Ben and his team start putting the pieces together — an ancient code, a modern-day puzzle, a scientific anomaly that seems too unbelievable to be true.
From the time of Napoleon, a secret organization has been vying for power, and they'll do anything to attain it. They have a plan, and the clock is ticking. They have a weapon, and it's growing stronger.
Steve Berry (NYT Bestselling Author) had this to say about Nick Thacker's writing: "Plenty of treachery... some truly unique forms of danger. A riveting imagined world, so real you’ll wonder it was imagined." —
From USA Bestselling Author Nick Thacker, don't miss the newest in the series that has maintained a positive 4.5-star review average (over the course of 5,000 reviews).
For fans of Dan Brown, James Rollins, A.G. Riddle, Steve Berry, and Jeremy Robinson. An action-adventure thriller that promises twists, turns, and puzzles so deeply written you'll be breathless long before the end. 

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Nick Thacker  about his book The Napoleon Job

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MARCH 2, 2021

MARCO CAROCARI

Crime Fiction Author

After seeing Murder, She Said on TV my grandmother gifted me Agatha Christie’s 4:50 From Paddington. Though hugely disappointed that the real Miss Marple bore no resemblance whatsoever to the brilliant and funny Margaret Rutherford, I was hooked and devoured every crime novel I could get my hands on that my parents didn’t object to (considering I was ten).

Constantly penning my own (fan fiction) stories, my teacher gently nudged me toward journalism, but fearing I’d lose my love for writing if it became a 24/7 thing, I chose a different path. After several bleak years as a shop assistant, followed by over a decade of traversing the friendly skies as a flight attendant (best life lessons, ever), I turned to my passion, photography. I even got my five seconds of fame, with much of my work finding its way into internationally published books, magazines, onto greeting cards and calendars.

Writing and reading never left my side, nor did crime fiction and movies, and, decades later, here we are, with my debut mystery novel, Blackout, finally a reality.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author MARCO CAROCARI about his book BLACKOUT: A NOVEL

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FEBRUARY 5, 2021

ROBERT CRAWFORD 

Crime Fiction Author

November 22, 1888. Young cameraman Scott Carson fires two shots. A body falls into the Thames, ending Buffalo Bill’s team’s battle with Jack the Ripper. The ship sails to New York and no one says a word about the killing and everyone uneasily resumes their lives. Then on New Year’s Eve, 1899, Carson sees a ghost from his past- On the Brooklyn Bridge during a fireworks display, he photographs what is unmistakably Jack the Ripper. Terrified, he flees New York City, leaving all his family and friends behind.
But the Ripper hasn’t forgotten Carson and his supposed treachery. And for the next 23 years, the infamous Whitechapel killer stalks Carson, slashing through any human obstacle standing in the way. Against a spectacular historical backdrop, HOLLYWOODLAND tracks the Ripper’s progress through the concrete canyons of New York City, Buffalo Bill’s legendary Irma Hotel, the fabled dream factory of Thomas Ince’s Inceville on the Malibu coast, to the battlefields of World War I France, ending with a heart-stopping finale at, yes, the original sign that once read HOLLYWOODLAND.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author ROBERT CRAWFORD about his book HOLLYWOODLAND

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FEBRUARY 4, 2021

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. 

About the Interview:

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

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JAN 27, 2021

A.J. JAMESON - PRUNING A PSYCHOPATH 

Crime Fiction Author

Haymond Gunning is a shifter of minds — a seasoned neurological guide leading a group of scientists through the mindscape of a psychopath. Their mission: eliminate the Darkness that’s spreading. But as the team carves a path through the patient’s prefrontal cortex, Haymond gets the notion this expedition is nothing like the others. Shadows emerge bearing cryptic messages, mutated beasts prowl just beyond the camp’s perimeter, and impossible weather conditions complicate their travels.

But nothing is random. Controlling it all is a singular entity, enigmatic and vile, whose sole intention is to repel the team from its dominion. If the experiment fails, the Institute risks dissolution. But luckily, Haymond has never failed to complete an expedition, and he’d do anything to keep his record pristine.

As lies and manipulation twist the team’s understanding of reality, paranoia sets in, and their scrutiny turns inward. Can they maintain their current course and complete the experiment, or will they succumb to the very infection they’ve been sent to destroy?

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author A.J. JAMESON about his book PRUNING A PSYCHOPATH

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JAN 26, 2021

C.A.ASBREY - INNOCENTS 

Crime Fiction Author

C.A.Asbrey developed a deep interest in early forensics and detection methods working in the field. She researched early detectives and the tools available to them for years before developing her characters. They are compelling versions of real people, all her crimes are based on fictionalized versions of real crimes, and the methods used to solve them were available to detectives at the time. She likes her mysteries twisty, complex, and intricate; through a fog of history and a touch of light humor.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author C.A. ASBREY about her book THE INNOCENTS'

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JAN 18, 2021

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."

About the Interview:

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

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DECEMBER 22, 2020

EDWIN HILL 

Crime Fiction Author

Edwin Hill is the author of LITTLE COMFORT and THE MISSING ONES. He was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and spent most of his childhood obsessing over The Famous Five, Agatha Christie, and somehow finding a way into C.S. Lewis's wardrobe. His parents were fond of taking his sister and him on month-long family camping trips across the U.S. and Canada, and one of his best memories is of finishing a copy of The Seven Dials Mystery while the rest of the family visited Mount Rushmore. Growing up when VHS tapes were new meant that watching Alien, Jaws, The Shining, or Halloween whenever he wanted seemed luxurious, and still does today. Like Hester Thursby, he watched these movies - and others like them - a lot.

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author EDWIN HILL about his book WATCH HER

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Sept 28, 2020

ERIC SHAPIRO 

Crime Fiction Author

Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. Called "The Next Philip K. Dick" by author Kealan Patrick Burke, Shapiro is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella, It's Only Temporary (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, Rule of 3 (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, Living Things (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm that has received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program Intelligence For Your Life. Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author ERIC SHAPIRO about his book RED DENNIS

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Sept 28, 2020

GEORGE WIER

Crime Fiction Author

George Wier is the author of the popular Bill Travis Mystery series, and a number of other standalone mysteries. He also writes science fiction and steampunk.

The Bill Travis Mystery series has been hailed as a tour-de-force among modern mysteries. In this adrenaline-fueled series, George Wier throws all sorts of fantastic scenarios at his protagonist. The characters and situations are often quirky, but no less true to life, and the feel is such that the reader is present alongside Bill Travis as he struggles through one disaster after another.

When Julie convinces Bill that they must travel to Amarillo up in the Texas Panhandle to attend a dance benefit for a museum, knowing where his bread is buttered, Bill goes along. Well before the halfway point in the trip, however, they get an Amber Alert, and curiosity getting the better of him, Bill makes a call to the Austin Texas Rangers barracks. A kid has apparently been taken in Canyon, Texas, right along the path they are traveling. The trail leads to Felix Bruce, the now-retired FBI agent from The Last Call and Death On the Pedernales, and thus begins a trip by the two men down into Palo Duro Canyon to find the missing kid and the female kidnapper, and an adventure of greed, necessity, and sheer grit awaits. As Bill and Felix navigate the lost canyons and caves of Texas' largest canyon, they find there is far more than the vast empty spaces to explore; there is also the legend of lost gold in their path. With the greatest treasure ever known hanging in the balance, and death following closely behind, it's Bill Travis in his most heroic adventure by far in Amarillo Waltz.

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author George Wier about his book Amarillo Waltz

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Sept 14 , 2020

JOHN MORGAN WILSON

Crime Fiction Author

It’s 1994, an election year when violent crime is rampant, voters want action, and politicians smell blood. When a Latino teenager confesses to the murder of a pretty-boy cokehead outside a gay bar in L.A., the cops consider the case closed. But Benjamin Justice, a disgraced former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, sees something in the jailed boy others don’t. His former editor, Harry Brofsky, now toiling at the rival Los Angeles Sun, pries Justice from his alcoholic seclusion to help neophyte reporter Alexandra Templeton dig deeper into the story. But why would a seemingly decent kid confess to a brutal gang initiation killing if he wasn’t guilty? And how can Benjamin Justice possibly be trusted, given his central role in the Pulitzer scandal that destroyed his career? Snaking his way through shadowy neighborhoods and dubious suspects, he’s increasingly haunted by memories of his lover Jacques, whose death from AIDS six years earlier precipitated his fall from grace. As he unravels emotionally, Templeton attempts to solve the riddle of his dark past and ward off another meltdown as they race against a critical deadline to uncover and publish the truth.

Awarded an Edgar by Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel on initial release, this 25th Anniversary edition has been revised by the author. A foreword for the 2020 edition by Christopher Rice (Bone Music) is included.

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author John Morgan Wilson about his book Simple Justice 

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Sept 8 , 2020

MARK EDWARD HALL

Crime Fiction Author

 In 1925 three children vanish without a trace in Arrowhead Lake. Nearly a century later there are those who still report seeing the children swimming beneath the surface like elusive dolphins.

After losing her husband in a violent car crash, Rachel King and her two young sons venture to Arrowhead Lake to heal. When Rachel discovers that Great Woods Timber is planning to clear-cut this beautiful wilderness she enlists the help of Lilly Bowman and her mysterious father, chief and shaman of the Wabanaki nation.

But dark events have been set in motion and Arrowhead Lake is under siege by a sinister force of mercenaries. When Chief Neptune vanishes, Rachel and Lilly call on Seth Ferguson, the local deputy sheriff for help. Together they discover an astonishing truth; a shadowy cabal that will stop at nothing to obtain the secret of Arrowhead Lake, a secret that if unearthed could have far-reaching consequences.

When one of Rachel’s sons vanishes in the Lake, she and Lilly embark on a harrowing journey to find him. What they discover is a mind boggling truth that will change their lives forever 

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author Mark Edward Hall about his book Children in the Lake 

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Aug 31, 2020

CHARLES CUTTER 

Crime Fiction Author

​Helen Lockwood's boat was found drifting off Sleeping Bear Dunes with no one aboard. A year later her body was found in a shallow grave on South Manitou Island. She had been in court, fighting with the Park Service who had condemned her family's four hundred-acre orchard and intends to make it part of the new national park.Burr Lafayette, recently divorced and the deposed head of a major Detroit law firm, has kept the Park Service at bay for seven years, with no end in sight. Until Helen's husband, Tommy, is arrested for her murder. It turns out that he’d been trying to sell the orchards to the Park Service ever since Helen went missing. Tommy may not have been the perfect husband, and the prosecutor has damning evidence, but there's no shortage of people who had their own reasons to murder Helen.But Burr isn't a criminal lawyer. A man at loose ends, he's a brilliant litigator who prefers sailboats and dogs over courtrooms and clients, but he's convinced there is a clue somewhere that will unlock the truth, even though Tommy may be the murderer.Bear Bones is being released on the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. Celebrations are planned all year. The Park has been a great success, but its formation was full of controversy.This is the third book in the Burr Lafayette mystery series.

About the Interview:

Interview with Fiction Author Charles Cutter about his history of writing books, including Bear Bones Murder at Sleeping Bear Dunes

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July 1, 2020

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)

About the Interview:

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

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July 1, 2020

MICHAEL C. BLAND

Science Fiction Author

I'm a founding member and the secretary of BookPod, an invitation-only, online support group of people who specialize in film, TV, books, magazines, and journals. I write the monthly BookPod newsletter where I celebrate the success of our members, which include award-winning writers, filmmakers, journalists, and bestselling authors. One of my short stories, "Elizabeth”, won Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest 2015 Popular Fiction Awards contest. Three of the short stories I edited have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Another story I edited was adapted into an award-winning film.

About the Interview:

Interview with Sci-Fi Author Michael C. Bland about his latest book The Price of Safety

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July 1, 2020

CHRISTOPHER SWANN

Crime Fiction Author

Christopher Swann is a novelist and high school English teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. In 2018, Chris was a Townsend Prize finalist, a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award, and longlisted for the Southern Book Prize with his debut novel, Shadow of the Lions. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. His next novel, Never Turn Back, will drop on October 6, 2020, with a third novel due out in 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Christopher Swann about his latest book Never Turn Back

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July 1, 2020

ALAN ORLOFF

Crime Fiction Author

When Anderson West takes on the pro-bono case of Jessica Smith, a twenty-something restaurant hostess being stalked, the last thing he expects is for his investigation to spiral into breaking and entering, assault, and legal threats from the suspects and the victim.

 

But that’s what happens when you run a private investigation firm with your rule-breaking, loose-cannon sister at your side.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Alan Orloff about his latest book I Know Where you Sleep

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July 1, 2020

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

About the Interview:

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

MARK MCNEASE

May 27, 2020

MARK MCNEASE

Crime Fiction Author

I've been writing since I was eight or nine, quite a long time in the brief span of any life. I'm the author of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries, two of which have been best sellers on Kindle. My Detective Linda mystery, Last Room at the Cliff's Edge, was released in September 2016 and called a winner by Publishers Weekly. I released Murder at the Paisley Parrot: A Marshall James Thriller in 2017 and Black Cat White Paws: A Maggie Dahl Mystery in 2018. That was followed by my supernatural chiller, A House in the Woods, and, in March 2020, Beautiful Corpse, the second book in the Marshall James series.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author about the latest in his Marshall James series Beautiful Corpse

JEFFREY ROUND

May 26, 2020

JEFFREY ROUND

Crime Fiction Author

Jeffrey Round is best known as the Lambda Award-winning author of two mystery series--the gritty Dan Sharp books and the comic Bradford Fairfax series. He is also an award-winning filmmaker, television producer, and song-writer. His most recent books are The God Game, fifth in the Dan Sharp series, and Bon Ton Roulet, fourth in the Bradford Fairfax comic mystery series. His first novel, A Cage of Bones, was published by GMP (UK), topping bestseller lists around the world. The P-town Murders, first in the Bradford Fairfax series, was published by The Haworth Press (US). Both titles were listed on AfterElton's Top 100 Greatest Gay Books in 2008. Jeffrey's Endgame was called a "brilliant recreation" of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery And Then There Were None, giving the original what one critic called a "punk-rock reboot." It became a best-selling e-book in the US in 2016.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Jeffrey Round about the latest in his Don Sharp Mystery series Lion's Head Revisited. A case brings PI Dan Sharp to the northern Ontario wilderness, where he has to face his own dark past.

MATT LUBBERS-MOORE

May 23, 2020

MATT LUBBERS-MOORE

Crime Fiction Author

Librarian and scholar Matt Lubbers-Moore collects and examines every mystery novel to include a gay or queer male in the English language starting with the 1909 Arthur Conan Doyle short story The Man with the Watches, which is included in its entirety. Authors, titles, dates published, publishers, book series, short blurbs, and a description of how involved the gay or queer male character is with the mystery are all included for a full bibliographic background.


Murder and Mayhem will prove invaluable for mystery collectors, researchers, libraries, general readers, aficionados, bookstores, and devotees of LGBTQ studies. The bibliography is laid out in alphabetical order by author for the ease of the reader to find what they are looking for and be able to read the blurb and author notes to determine if the book is what they are looking for whether a hard-boiled private eye, an amateur cozy, a suspenseful romance, or a police procedural. All subgenres within the mystery field are included within including fantasy, science fiction, espionage, political intrigue, crime dramas, courtroom thrillers, and more with a definition guide of the subgenres for a better understanding of the genre as a whole.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction Author Matt Lubbers-Moore discussing his book Murder and Mayhem: An Annotated Bibliography of Gay and Queer Males in Mystery, 1909-2018

Olivier Bosman

May 21, 2020

OLIVIER BOSMAN

Crime Fiction Author

Born to Dutch parents and raised in Colombia and England, I am a rootless wanderer with itchy feet. I've spent the last few years living and working in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sudan, and Bulgaria, but I have every confidence that I will now finally be able to settle down among the olive groves of Andalucia. I am an avid reader and film fan (in fact, my study is overflowing with my various DVD collections!) I did an MA in creative writing for film and television at the University of Sheffield. After a failed attempt at making a career as a screenwriter, I turned to the theater and wrote and produced a play called ´Death Takes a Lover´ (which has since been turned into the first D.S.Billings Victorian Mystery). The play was performed on the London Fringe to great critical acclaim. I am currently living in Spain where I make ends meet by teaching English.

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction author Olivier Bosman about his D.S.Billings Victorian Mysteries series

GREGORY ASHE

May 20, 2020

GREGORY ASHE

Mystery Author & Show Host

I'm a long-time Midwesterner. I've lived in Chicago, Bloomington (IN), and Saint Louis, my current home. Aside from reading and writing (which take up a lot of my time), I'm an educator.

While I enjoy reading across many genres, my two main loves are mystery and speculative fiction. I used to keep a list of favorite books, but it changes so frequently that I've given up. I'm always looking for recommendations, though, so please drop me a line if you have something in mind!

My big goal right now is one day to be responsible enough to get a dog.

Keep up with my writing at my website, www.gregoryashe.com.

About the Interview:

Interview with Mystery author Gregory Ashe about the latest book in his Hazard and Somerset: A Union of Swords series, Wayward

J.D. HORN

May 19, 2020

J.D. HORN

Gothic Fiction Author of The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans Book 1)

J.D. Horn is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series (The Line, The Source, The Void, and Jilo), the Witches of New Orleans Trilogy (The King of Bones and Ashes, The Book of the Unwinding, The Final Days of Magic), and the standalone Southern Gothic horror tale Shivaree. A world traveler and student of French and Russian literature, Horn also has an MBA in international business and formerly held a career as a financial analyst before turning his talent to crafting chilling stories and unforgettable characters. His novels have received global attention and have been translated into Turkish, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Italian, German, and French. Originally from Tennessee, he currently lives in California with his spouse, Rich, and their rescue Chihuahua, Kirby Seamus.

About the Interview:

Interview with author J.D. Horn about the Gothic Fiction book The King of Bones and Ashes (Witches of New Orleans Book 1)

Dodging and Burning

May 6, 2020

JOHN COPENHAVER

Crime Fiction Author of Dodging and Burning

DODGING AND BURNING (Pegasus Crime) is Copenhaver's debut novel. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called "Blacklight," and he is the five-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He's a Lambda Fellow, and he has completed residencies at VCCA, VSC, and Ragdale. He's a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, Washington Independent Review of Books, and others. He chairs the 7-12 grade English department at Flint Hill School. He grew up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia and currently lives in DC with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul (Herrity).

About the Interview:

Interview with Crime Fiction author John Copenhaver about his debut book Dodging and Burning...A lurid crime scene photo of a beautiful woman arrives on mystery writer Bunny Prescott's doorstep with no return address—and it's not the first time she's seen it. Fifty-five years earlier, in the summer of 1945, Ceola Bliss is a lonely twelve-year-old tomboy, mourning the loss of her brother, Robbie, who was declared missing in the Pacific. She tries to piece together his life by rereading his favorite pulp detective story “A Date with Death” and spending time with his best friend, Jay Greenwood. One unforgettable August day, Jay leads Ceola and Bunny to a stretch of woods where he found a dead woman, but when they arrive, the body is gone. They soon discover a local woman named Lily Vellum is missing and begin to piece together the threads of her murder, starting with the photograph Jay took of her abandoned body. As Ceola gets swept up playing girl detective, Bunny becomes increasingly skeptical of Jay. She discovers a series of clues that place doubt on the identity of the corpse and Jay’s story of how he found it and journeys to Washington, D.C. in search of Lily. In D.C., Bunny is forced to recognize the brutal truth about her dear friend and sets off a series of events that will bring tragedy to Jay and decades of estrangement between her and Ceola.