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 fictional...

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....

INTERVIEW WITH WENDY TYSON Sep25

INTERVIEW WITH WENDY TYSON

Wendy Tyson is an author who finds inspiration in her areas of expertise: law and psychology. A lawyer and former therapist, she now writes three fictional series—the Greenhouse and Allison Campbell mysteries for Henery Press and the Delilah Percy Powers crime novels for Down & Out Books. The bestselling Greenhouse Mysteries draw upon Wendy’s experiences living and working on a micro-farm in the Philadelphia area; she and her family now make their home in Vermont. Wendy’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies (including THE NIGHT OF THE FLOOD and BETRAYED). She’s a contributing editor and columnist for the...

SHORT FICTION: THE CATHCART CIRCLE JOB by GORDON BROWN Sep17

SHORT FICTION: THE CATHCART CIRCLE JOB by GORDON B...

When the parcel arrived that morning, I hadn’t had time to open it and consigned it to the top drawer on my bedside cabinet until later that night when, whisky in hand, I retrieved it and opened it to reveal a sheaf of typed paper. The front page read: The Definitive Guide—How to Rob a Train. A Manual By Thomas Lionel Walker Armstrong The memory of Thomas comes flooding back with the force of a slap to the back of the head with a shovel. Thomas Lionel Walker Armstrong had once given me a lift in an ancient Fiat 500, saving me from some men who wanted to rearrange my facial features with menace. My ride with him had been short but painful on...

INTERVIEW WITH WARREN C. EASLEY Sep13

INTERVIEW WITH WARREN C. EASLEY

Interview by Michael Barson with Warren Easley 1) Having now reached the sixth book in your Cal Claxton series, what’s the single most important thing you’ve learned about writing crime novels? Warren Easley: Wow, that’s a tough question! I’ve learned so many important things through the course of the series. For example, from Barbara Peters, my editor, I learned the importance of tying up every loose end in the story. For a reader, loose ends are like a sliver under a nail! I’ve also learned how smart my readers are—if I describe an Oregon setting I’d better get it right, and if I mention a weapon, I’d better know its...