Author Workspace: Shane Kuhn Aug29

Author Workspace: Shane Kuhn

My desk is my world most of the time, so I go to great lengths to cultivate that world in the most inspiring way. My brain responds well to constant stimuli and I try to feed it like an unruly bear that may decide to maul me if faced with an empty picnic basket. Hence, I have three stylized paintings of three of my all time favorite films, a motivational poster using the exploded view of a bullet as a metaphor for creativity, my feather in the cap Boston Globe review for Hostile Takeover, and various objets that symbolize some of the loose screws you might find rattling round my brain. Finally, young Alex is always there to remind me...

Behind The Book: THE FURY

Behind the scenes of THE FURY If a grief-blinded cop can’t find the terrorist who murdered her husband, millions will die in a nerve-gas strike on the United States. The Fury is a work of fiction, hatched entirely by my overly caffeinated brain. But many of my fictional scenes, from the cataclysmic destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform to the Creamsicle-orange dress and stilettos worn by my hero, undercover police detective Superstition “Sue” Davis, were inspired by real events. Some were a hoot. Most would give sane people coronaries. All were fascinating, so Crimespree thought you’d be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at...

Author Work spaces: Robert Masello Aug22

Author Work spaces: Robert Masello

“Okay, I’ll admit it — I actually cleaned up my desk a little bit from this photo. But what stayed the same is the Beatles postcards above my desk (they always cheer me up), the post-it notes all over the computer to remind me of things that I still manage to forget, and the bulletin board on my walls above the desk. I learned, from writing for TV at one time, to summarize each scene and then stick up an index card on the bulletin board. It makes it really easy to see the flow of the narrative at one glance, and to move things around when you have to.” Robert Masello Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist,...

An Interview with Sue Grafton

X by prolific novelist Sue Grafton has three stories rolled into one book. One storyline has codes based on both numbers and letters that have the commonality with “X” since it is both a Roman numeral and a letter. The encryption proves that Millhone was wrong about her late partner’s morals and ethics and alerts her that he was on the track of a serial killer. Another storyline has Teddy Xanakis, wanting revenge on her divorced husband, attempting to steal a priceless painting from him. The third plotline has landlord, Henry Pitts, taking drastic action to lower his water use during the 1989 California drought. Elise Cooper: You broke with...

Five Things My Cool Older Sister Tina Turned Me On...

  Your siblings are your first peers. In many ways, you are who you are because of them. Pushovers are often a product of a domineering brother or sister. Overachievers usually became that way because of their superstar hyphenate sibling who not only was an All-Conference power forward, but also played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and won the state science fair by proving excessive social media use is linked to the development of vocal fry. And, of course, all “only children” believe they are the center of their own dazzlingly narcissistic universe. The point is, social training begins at home and, as soon as children are able to...

An Interview with J.J. Livingston

Deadline by J. J. Livingston, a pen name for Jennifer Greer, is a fascinating read. It explores many issues women face including their treatment in Middle Eastern countries, and the timely issue of stem cell research. But it is also a book that everyone can relate with, through the action packed plot and the issues of trying to cope with PTSD, hold onto a job, being a single parent, and empty nest syndrome. Elise Cooper: Did you cover the war in Afghanistan? J.J. Livingstone: No. I was a journalist in Bosnia. We were at the war zone, five miles from the front lines. Periodically we were stopped and frisked at gunpoint. While there I covered...