INTERVIEW WITH MARK DE CASTRIQUE

Mike Barson: The premise of the Buryin’ Barry series, of which this book is the seventh entry, connects to an early event in your own life. Please discuss. Mark de Castrique: My Buryin’ Barry series grew out of personal history.  My father had been a funeral director in the small mountain town of Hendersonville, NC.  For the first few years of my life, we lived upstairs.  My earliest memory is as a three-year old when I crashed a visitation one evening.  I was physically removed from behind the casket where I was singing, “So Long It’s Been Good To Know You.”  We moved shortly thereafter and my father pursued...

INTERVIEW WITH DOUG BURGESS

MIKE BARSON: FOGLAND POINT is your first novel. How long did it take you from the point where you decided to write it to when you finished and submitted it to the publisher? DOUG BURGESS: In college I wrote a short story called “Miss Emma’s Young Man” that told of an elderly New England spinster who wrote letters to herself, pretending they were from a lost love. It won an award from the university and made me think I might try my hand at fiction one day. That story became the basis for another, “Laughing Sarahs,” which appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2011. Now the tale included Grandma Maggie, her friends, and Emma’s murder....

BOOK REVIEW THE HAZARDS of GOOD FORTUNE

The Hazards of Good Fortune Seth Greenland Europa Editions August 21st, 2018 The Hazards of Good Fortune by Seth Greenland explores why society is less forgiving today than in the past and relies too much on the court of public opinion. He delves into the issues of race, religion, and how they are intertwined. Greenland wanted to write a story centered around “a New York real estate mogul that takes some events of Donald Sterling’s life.  I thought Sterling got everything he deserved, but it did make me think.  I actually had a character before I had a story, knowing that I wanted to write about someone tried and convicted before he had his...

INTERVIEW WITH LAURA GRIFFIN

Desperate Girls (Wolf Security Book 1) Laura Griffin Gallery Books August 7th, 2018 Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin is a captivating novel, combining a suspenseful murder mystery, police procedural, with a touch of romance. She has the unique ability to write compelling plots that highlight caring and realistic characters. Former prosecutor Brynn Holloran has turned to the dark side, becoming a defense attorney.  Everyone knows she is a superstar in the courtroom, although a failure in her personal life. She now must contend with a vicious murderer, James Corby, she once helped prosecute. His escape from jail has put her life in jeopardy....

INTERVIEW WITH KARIN SLAUGHTER

  PIECES OF HER by Karin Slaughter is a spell binding psychological thriller.  The suspense keeps ratcheting up as she throws curve ball after curve ball to the readers.  At the heart of the story is the mother-daughter relationship and the hidden secrets. How well does someone know their parents? Andrea (Andy) Cooper thought she knew her mild mannered mother.  But that changes after a spree shooting in a mall restaurant where Andy and Laura are celebrating her 31st birthday. Laura shows a completely different side, a courageous woman willing to stand up to this killer to save her daughter. She dispassionately confronts the killer,...

Author Workspaces – Gray Basnight, FLIGHT OF...

NYC Real Estate Situation: One bedroom on first floor in fashionable Chelsea Neighborhood.   Pros: Pet friendly, elevator building, convenient location in heart of Manhattan, close to transportation and restaurants, unusually large bath, renovated galley kitchen, exposed brick wall, modern appliances, combined living/dining, AC, gas heat, live-in superintendent. Cons: Little sunlight, no view, restricted street parking (big risk of parking tickets), nighttime street noise (especially Friday and Saturday nights), some vertical neighbor noise (especially…oh, never mind), next door construction noise, very near Google building (lots of...