FIVE THINGS – AN EMPIRE FOR RAVENS by Mary R...

1) The John the Lord Chamberlain series, of which this is the 12th installment, was the very first novel published by Poisoned Pen Press back in 1999… How did you and Eric manage to connect with the Press, since they had virtually no track record back then? It’s an interesting not to say unlikely story. Poisoned Pen Press was founded in 1997 and that same year published A-Z Murder…Goes Classic, a collection of papers read at a crime conference in Arizona. The topic was what makes a mystery a classic, and the compilation was nominated for the 1998 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work. We wrote to the...

BEHIND THE BOOK by Gary McPherson

Starting my writing career later in my life, I could easily point to a plethora of influences throughout my past that ultimately helped mold me into the writer I am today. However, I can point to five musical influences that motivated me to write JOSHUA AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH as well as the Berserker Series. The song “Monster,” by Skillet on the “Awake” album, has always been a favorite of mine. The song is such a metaphor for many internal and external struggles. It represents internal conflict and our desire to overcome the worst of our desires that lay hidden inside. As I came up with the Berserker Series, and as I worked to view Harold...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Charity Auction Oct07

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Charity Auction

This past year our friends the Swierczynskis have been going through a long family health crisis. This year for Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee at the suggestion of Meredith Swierczynski we are going to be using our charity auction to raise money for The Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee and making a donation in honor of their daughter who has been facing her health crisis like a superhero. We’ll be looking for signed books, character names from authors willing to put winners in their next book or anything else you think might be cool for people to bid on. If you would like to donate to the auction please contact Jon Jordan at...

BEHIND THE BOOK – TERRENCE McCAULEY Sep28

BEHIND THE BOOK – TERRENCE McCAULEY

Writing Thrillers and Westerns:  If It’s Good Enough for Elmore Leonard, It’s Good Enough for Me   ‘Does anyone read Westerns anymore?’   ‘Why would you waste your time writing one of those? They’re so boring and predictable, not to mention racist.’   Those are only some of the questions I fielded after I told people I had the good fortune of striking a two-book deal with Kensington for a new western series. WHERE THE BULLETS FLY was published in September 2018 and the sequel, DARK TERRITORY, will be coming out in 2019. Both stories feature Sheriff Aaron Mackey and Deputy Billy Sunday as they attempt to keep the peace in the...

Lori Rader-Day’s UNDER A DARK SKY Sep27

Lori Rader-Day’s UNDER A DARK SKY

Lori Rader-Day has been on tour for her new book UNDER A DARK SKY. Just off an Anthony Award win at Bouchercon World Mystery Mystery convention her latest book is getting even more buzz than her first two books which were amazing. I caught up with her in Milwaukee at Boswell Book Company and got to see her interviewed by Carole Barrowman who is a champion for the mystery genre and an author in her own right. It was a very nicely done interview with insights into the writing process and some really funny moments.  UNDER A DARK SKY is a locked room mystery that follows recently widowed Eden Wallace as she tries to get her life back together....