Writer Types Podcast: Episode 5

Has it been a month already?   When we launched our crime and mystery podcast in January, we toyed with the idea of doing bi-weekly episodes. Back then, booking enough guests to fill 2 episodes a month seemed like the biggest obstacle. We now realize that finding interesting guests is easy compared to the work that goes into scheduling and editing.   Then we got the bright idea to do a live event, sort of like a crime and mystery version of “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me or “Jeopardy.” We dubbed it “Crime Quiz LIVE!” and set a date for early May at one of our favorite East Los Angeles haunts, Book Show LA. We...

WRITER TYPES PODCAST: EPISODE 4

WRITER TYPES PODCAST: EPISODE 4 By S.W. Lauden and Eric Beetner “Start a podcast,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. So we did, and they were right.* It’s hard to believe that we’re already posting the fourth episode of our monthly crime and fiction podcast, Writer Types. What started as a fun way to pass the time in a San Diego-bound Prius, has grown into something we’re both pretty proud of. A lot of that has to do with the team we’ve assembled—including our reviewers Kate and Dan Malmon who are on loan from this very publication—and the many talented authors and publishing...

Review of GRIZZLY SEASON by S.W. Lauden

GRIZZLY SEASON S.W. Lauden October 11, 2016 Rare Bird Books Greg Salem was a punk singer until his guitarist brother/bandmate died in a suspicious suicide. Then he became a cop. S.W. Lauden’s taut, gritty BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION (BCC) opens with Greg losing his badge and gun after a controversial shooting, and being thrown into a world of shit when his best friend is murdered holding a microphone that was supposed to be in Greg’s hand. BCC is a fascinating look at Los Angeles, with the relatively peaceful life of wealthy beach communities juxtaposed by the sharp-edges of cops, gangs, and rock and roll. Salem himself is a bit of an enigma:...

SW Lauden Interview by Matt Morgan and Dave Wahlma...

Sorry… I’m gonna do that thing where scrubs make the interview about themselves. Just give me three paragraphs, please? (DW-It’s called Me and Matty did a thing) I met Dave Wahlman in Boston about 11 years ago ( DW-11 really? No shit). After about a year in the employment equivalent of the eighth circle of hell, I found myself working at Borders Books to hold us over until the lady graduated. Dave started working there after I was promoted to supervisor (DW- I stole everything). We clicked. He was tattooed, brash, and a little nuts. I wasn’t tattooed. The rest was close. I was the more responsible one, he was the one that would punch people...