CRIME FICTION INTERVIEWS

JOHN MORGAN WILSON

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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.

Sept 14 , 2020

About the Interview:

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

MARK EDWARD HALL

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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 

Sept 8 , 2020

About the Interview:

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

CHARLES CUTTER 

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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.

Aug 31, 2020

About the Interview:

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

WILLIAM PATRICK MURRAY

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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

MICHAEL C. BLAND

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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, film makers, 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

July 1, 2020

About the Interview:

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

CHRISTOPHER SWANN

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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

July 1, 2020

About the Interview:

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

ALAN ORLOFF

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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.

July 1, 2020

About the Interview:

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

LEE GOLDBERG

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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

MARK MCNEASE

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.

May 27, 2020

About the Interview:

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

JEFFREY ROUND

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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.

May 26, 2020

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

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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.

May 23, 2020

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.

IAN HENZEL

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Founder of Rattling Good Yarns Press

Rattling Good Yarns Press is an independent publishing house specializing in LGBTQ fiction, history and whimsey. The British expression, a rattling good yarn, means a story that is excellent and exciting. We are devoted to bringing works to light that are neglected by mainstream publishers.

May 23, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Rattling Good Yarns Press Founder Ian Henzel. 

OLIVIER BOSMAN

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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.

May 21, 2020

About the Interview:

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

GREGORY ASHE

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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.

May 20, 2020

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

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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.

May 19, 2020

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)

JOHN COPENHAVER

Dodging and Burning

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).

May 6, 2020

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.

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