TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze Apr17

TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze

TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze by Rick Ollerman My latest book, TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS, was dedicated to Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze, the former owners of that fine Minneapolis independent crime fiction bookstore, ONCE UPON A CRIME. Unfortunately, we lost Gary to leukemia just last week, just days before I was due to hold a signing at the store on a date that Gary chose himself. I never imagined he wouldn’t be there to see it. The book itself isn’t particularly Gary-like, other than that he appeared to like the thing. He sent me an e-mail saying how much, and that certain lines stayed with him, and he quoted a few of them back...

Author Work Spaces: Robert Bailey

My workspace is a converted attic. A couple years ago, my friend, Paul Landwehr, a builder in Huntsville who has done a good bit of work to our house, transformed this space from a small storage area to the “writing studio” it is now. The signature feature of the room is the cedar walls that Paul installed, which were modeled after a lake house he had constructed. My wife and I joke that it feels like we have a lake cabin in the upstairs of our home, as every time we open the door we are greeted with the strong and pleasant smell of cedar. The room has a built in desk with a window that looks out over our street. From my chair, I can see...

Author Workspace: John Schulian Feb13

Author Workspace: John Schulian

It’s a sunny afternoon in an El Nino winter and I’m at home looking out my office window at the kind of view readers might never expect if all they had to judge me were the damaged knight valiant, soiled angel, show-biz pimp and relentless sociopath who populate my noir novel A Better Goodbye. At the far end of the swimming pool, the last red roses I’ll see until spring are leggy and proud. A blood orange tree heavy with fruit sits on the slope above them, hard by a historically puny orange tree and a lime tree that will produce endlessly. On the flats of my patio, potted plants slumber and my tangelos and Meyer lemons look ready to pick....

AUTHOR WORKSPACE—TOKYO: BARRY LANCET Feb06

AUTHOR WORKSPACE—TOKYO: BARRY LANCET

  Mood, Art, and How It “Works” in My Home Office Jim Brodie, my series character, runs an antiques and art shop in Japan. Art inspires him. It grounds him. So I make my writing space fit his sensibilities. I write in two sessions—at home in the mornings, and in cafés in the afternoon. At home, I like a few places where my eyes can rest during a break, or during a pause as I consider a word, phrase, or plot point. On top of the black chest are two tea bowls and some African art, which I also have a great affinity for. Each Brodie book has some art and culture, which are woven into the story and the action. For the latest book, PACIFIC...

Author Workspace: Stephen Booth Nov07

Author Workspace: Stephen Booth

I tend to think my workspace is pretty boring. But that’s the way I like it! I work in a former stable block, which I had converted into an office when we bought our present property about four years ago. This means I do actually leave the house to go to work – though I only have to walk a few yards, and I’ve never been delayed by traffic. Inside, some of the original beams have been retained, and in the roof space we left an ‘owl hole’ for the birds. Swallows nest in the adjoining stable, and the young ones often bang into my window while they’re learning to fly. We live in the heart of rural England, so that’s about as busy as it...

Behind The Book: CODENAME CUPCAKE

STAY-AT-HOME-MOM TURNED SUPERHERO SPY NOVEL. Write what you know.  That’s what they say.  It’s actually one of the first pieces of advice any new author will receive. Several years ago, I was determined to write a novel, but what did I know?  More importantly, what did I know that anyone else would want to read about?  I had two kids, two dogs, a husband who wore a business suit to work every day and I lived in the suburbs.  Not a lot of drama.  Not a lot of mystery.  On the surface, anyway.  I wanted to write a story about a mom.  A real mom, in the trenches.  That’s something I knew intimately.  I wanted to present a kickass answer to...