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...

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....

INTERVIEW WITH Reavis Wortham Aug19

INTERVIEW WITH Reavis Wortham

MIKE BARSON: This is the seventh novel in the Red River Mystery series, and it opens in 1968, one of the most interesting years ever. Although you lived through that time as a teen, how did you research the specifics of the period to get it right for the novel? REAVIS WORTHAM: Part of that may be because a significant portion of the novel is based on the true story of a CIA experiment in California back in 1950. To conduct a simulation of a biological warfare attack, the U.S. Navy sprayed large quantities of a seemingly harmless bacteria over the city of San Francisco during a project called Operation Sea-Spray. A number ofcitizens...

BOOK REVIEW: ONE on ONE

ONE ON ONE Michael Brandman Poisoned Pen Press August 7, 2018 ONE ON ONE by Michael Brandman is the second installment in the new series.  The former original writer of the Jesse Stone series after Robert Parker’s death, decided last year to write a series about a small-town police deputy. Besides a good mystery the author intertwines some social issues as well as an ongoing discussion about assisted suicide.   Legendary Sheriff Burton Steel requested his son Buddy leave his job with LAPD Homicide and come home to become the deputy of Freedom, California, a privileged coastal community a hundred miles north of Los Angeles. Reluctantly,...