Listen to me
Recently I was interviewed by Laura Brennan, host of the Destination Mystery podcast. It’s now posted on the podcast websites listed below. I talked about my background as a police reporter and as a theme park copywriter. I responded to questions about specific aspects and details from both Desert Kill Switch and Death in Nostalgia City. Brennan is a good interviewer and does her homework.
She said she was fascinated that I had come up with creative, unexpected ways that people can break the law. Truth be told, most of the crimes in my books are loosely based on actual cases.
As I discuss in the interview, the car dealer practices, that make up part of the plot for Desert Kill Switch, are real. Some dealers really do install kill switches in cars they sell to people they consider high-risk borrowers. I hasten to add this particular practice is not illegal to my knowledge, although some states or local governments recently may have passed laws to regulate kill switches.
I also talk about one of my newspaper crime stories that turned into a multiple-murder case that spanned decades. As a result, I testified at a murder trial in LA recently.
And, I read one of my mystery flash fiction short stories.
It was fun. Give a listen. And thanks, Laura.
Indie Award nomination
Death in Nostalgia City has been nominated for an Indie Award from Top Shelf Magazine. It’s entered in the action/adventure category.
The third book in the Nostalgia City mystery series, Marijuana Murder, is being edited at Black Opal Books. I will post its release date soon. I’m working on mystery #4.
On Sept. 22 I will talk about “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Mystery Novels” at the South Lake Tahoe branch of the El Dorado (Calif.) County Library. The event is posted on the library’s Facebook page here. Visit the friends of the library website here.
October 14 is the date for the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca, just south of Stockton, Calif. I’ll be signing copies of both my mysteries and will be a member of a mystery authors panel discussion. We’re working now on the specific topics we’ll cover. Joining me on the panel are mystery writers Carole Price and Claire Booth. Moderator will be Nancy Tingley. Come by this big book event that benefits literacy programs in California’s Central Valley. Activities for children, too.
Articles (blog posts) in the works
Profanity, aka obscenity, in mystery novels is the topic for the next two articles you’ll see in your email or on my website. I talk about the evolution of naughty words in mysteries from the pristine prose of Christie and Sayers to the sometimes less-than-polite language of some mystery writers today.
Eddie Collins, a part-time actor, part-time private investigator, is the creation of author Clive Rosengren. I will review Murder Unscripted, the first book in this wildly entertaining series that’s packed with lots of Hollywood tidbits that Rosengren collected after many years as a movie and TV actor.
Jim Thompson is one of the lesser known masters of the mystery noir genre. I’ll review his startling novel, The Killer Inside Me. It’s as fast-paced and gripping as anything turned out in the period.
Pictures are supposed to be worth 1,000 words. I’ll offer less than that to explain how I found and photographed the stunning 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that’s on the cover of Desert Kill Switch.