THE CLASH Apr10

THE CLASH

April 8th, 1977 and I’m 13 going on 14. A band from England releases an album, self-titled after the band. The Clash. The way I perceive music takes a drastic change. Up to this point I liked a lot of music and at this age I was starting to be influenced by people at school and more and more by the radio. My primary listening choices were what would now be considered classic rock. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Foghat, Supertramp and other bands of the day. The Punk scene had not really hit big in the Midwest just yet.  By the end of 1977 The Sex Pistols had released their first album, Elvis Costello released My Aim Is True. The...

Betty Webb talks about DESERT VENGENCE

Desert Vengeance, as with all Betty Webb books has a gripping plot while studying the psyche of those she writes about, intertwining human rights issues. In this installment the subject matters of sexual abuse and foster parenting are explored. The novel recounts how a nine year old, Lena Jones, repeatedly was raped every week by her foster parent, Brian Wycoff. To make matters worse, his wife was an enabler, knowingly looking the other way. Lena is waiting to exact revenge for his crimes on the day he is released from prison. She has every intention of killing this man, but is thwarted when someone gets to him first. Now there are more...

Q&A with Daniel Cole

RAGDOLL is one of the year’s most talked-about debut novels, and with good reason. Author Daniel Cole was good enough to answer some questions for us… You were a paramedic before (while?) writing RAGDOLL. Was there a particular policeperson you encountered who inspired Wolf? I can’t say that there was. Wolf is just a combination of all my favourite heroes/anti heroes rolled into one, but then grounded by the trivias of everyday life as well. He’s part Captain Mal Reynolds, part Sawyer from Lost. There’s some Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon in there and a dash of Indy along with countless others and yet, you could still imagine...

JASON STARR: FINISHING YOUR FIRST CRIME NOVEL (AN ONLINE COURSE) Apr06

JASON STARR: FINISHING YOUR FIRST CRIME NOVEL (AN ...

Finishing Your First Crime Novel An Online Course with Jason Starr April 17 – May 22, $250 Been kicking around an idea for a crime novel but not sure where to start? Always wanted to take a workshop but can’t make it to The Center for Fiction week after week? Never fear! International bestselling author Jason Starr is here to help with Finishing Your First Crime Novel, a six session online course starting on April 17th. It’s all the benefits of a regular class with none of the inconvenience: access weekly lectures on your schedule while taking part in an online community of supportive, like-minded writers who love crime fiction as...

Lego Interview With Alex Segura

click on pictures to see larger DANGEROUS ENDS comes out April...

Behind the Book: The Satanic Mechanic

The second book in my Tannie (Auntie) Maria murder mystery series is The Satanic Mechanic. Central to the story is a PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) counseling group, run by a man known as the satanic mechanic. South Africa is fertile ground for trauma and healing. I had the joy and the pain of being part of the South African anti-apartheid struggle. Marches, singing, teargas, shooting, prison, assassinations, a State of Emergency (in which the state could detain anyone indefinitely) were my rite of passage from youth to adulthood. I visited detainees and their families, counseled torture victims, interviewed abused women, danced in...