INTERVIEW WITH STEVEN F. HAVILL

Mike Barson: LIES COME EASY is now the 23rd entry in your Posadas County Mystery series, dating back to HEARTSHOT, the 1991 debut. Over the years you’ve had some of the original lead characters age out of the series while new, younger ones are introduced. Do you feel it’s important to have a series develop in real time? Steve Havill: I think it’s more interesting that way. When I wrote HEARTSHOT way back when, I wasn’t thinking series, but that’s how it developed. This way, we get a snap shot of entire career paths over 25 years or so. And Bill Gastner, at age 85 with his backcountry wheel chair, is fun to...

Book Review: LIES COMES EASY

  LIES COMES EASY by Steven Havill brings back Undersheriff Estelle Reyes-Guzman. This is the 23rd book in the Posadas County, New Mexico mystery series. “I wrote Estelle as a savvy investigator.  She started out in the Sheriff’s Department at the age of twenty-one.  I think of her as tough, protective, and self-contained.  She is a hands-on officer who is very brave.  But she is a very private person who loves her family and has a good relationship with her husband. I think people should read all the books if they really want to get to know her.” The story starts out with a gripping scene of a toddler wandering down the highway on his...

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....