Life Without Pain: Stephanie Gayle Reflects On Her New Novel

Note: In the following piece by Stephanie Gayle, the author reflects on her inspirations for Idyll Fears, the newest book in the Thomas Lynch mystery series (out September 5th).  What inspired the latest book, Idyll Fears? A boy who can’t feel pain. That’s what I took away from a newspaper article I read over twenty…

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Jack Getze: My Reflections On The Protagonist

Note: Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze has published news stories in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. On the fiction front, his screwball mysteries, Big Numbers and Big Money, were first published by Hilliard Harris in 2007 and 2008. Those, along with Big Mojo, have also been published by Down & Out Books in…

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Shawn Corridan: “The Irony of GITMO”

Shawn Corridan grew up in the shadow of Florida’s Cape Kennedy, his father a NASA engineer. A high school football star as well as a surfer, he attended the University of Hawaii where he could be both. After graduation, he traveled the globe, sailed the Caribbean, was rescued by the Coast Guard twice, wrote market…

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Jeffrey B. Burton: “Third Time’s a Charm”

Jeffrey B. Burton received his BA in Journalism at the University of Minnesota and is the author of Agent Drew Cady mystery series including The Chessman and The Lynchpin. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the International Association of Crime Writers. His latest novel The…

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Nancy G. West: Literary Fiction Or Mystery Fiction?

Nancy G. West is the author of the Aggie Mundeen Mysteries series. Her latest novel and the fourth installment in the series is titled River City Dead and features a determined columnist transplanted from Chicago and a relationship-averse detective who combine sleuthing efforts to solve crime on the San Antonio River Walk (see our review…

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Tom Pitts: On “American Static” And Tumbleweaves

Tom Pitts received his education firsthand on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, writing, working, and trying to survive. He is the author of two novellas, Piggyback and Knuckleball. American Static (June 26, 2017 – Down & Out Books), his latest novel, is the story of young man who finds himself stranded in…

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A.H. Richardson: My Thoughts on “Murder in Little Shendon”

A. H. Richardson, author of “Murder in Little Shendon“, was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones in 2014. In the following piece, she reflects on her recent crime novel and inspirations behind her story.  Murder in…

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George A. Bernstein: “My Reflections on The Prom Dress Killer”

George A. Bernstein, author of the upcoming novel The Prom Dress Killer, reflects on his life as a writer.  In 1990, when I was able to semi-retire fairly young, my wife asked me how was I planning on filling my time. “You don’t love golf or playing cards that much. You were always a great storyteller.…

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Sarah E. Glenn: “The Character I Never Met”

Sarah E. Glenn, co-author of Murder on the Mullet Express, reflects on her latest historical crime fiction. Many fiction writers base their characters on people they know in real life—relatives, friends, or perhaps a personal hero. Sometimes it’s done unconsciously during the process of writing, blessing the heroes with a history, desires, and personal quirks.…

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Kent Lester on Writing the Scientific Thriller “The Seventh Sun”

The Seventh Sun is a science-based thriller about Black Swans: not the bird, but the event.  Black swan events are those sudden and unpredictable disasters that tend to turn our world upside down. The idiom originated in the sixteenth century among scientists to represent an idea or theory that didn’t exist, because at the time,…

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On Creating “Brigid Quinn” In My Novels

If you’re a reader over fifty I want you to delight in being who we are.  And if you’re of a younger generation I want you to look forward to what you can become.  In my first novel, Rage Against the Dying, I created a crime drama character named Brigid Quinn.  She’s vibrant, sexually enthusiastic,…

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