Interrogation—Erik Arneson

Who: Erik Arneson

What: His short stories have appeared in ThuglitNeedle, Otto Penzler’s Kwik Krimes, Akashic Books’ Mondays Are Murder, and many other places. THE THROES OF CRIME is his first published book. His comic book, FORTUNE, is available from Comixology, Indy Planet, and NoiseTrade.

Where: Pennsylvania

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Congrats on the release of your excellent short story collection, THE THROES OF CRIME. How did this project came together?

Thank you! I’m glad you like it. This is a collection of stories that have been published by various magazines and websites, plus a handful of brand new stories.

The first thing I remember publishing was a four-page, handwritten newsletter called The Atari Times back when I was in third or fourth grade. I wrote it, my father photocopied it, and we distributed free copies to people in our development trying to drum up some subscriptions. That didn’t work—I think there might have been a second issue, but I couldn’t testify to that. But it did plant the seeds of interest in self-publishing, or indie publishing.

So when I had enough short stories ready that the collection would be a good size—it’s just under 50,000 words—my natural inclination was to compile them and put it out indie style. I’m fortunate to be married to an incredible editor, Beth, and to know a super-talented artist, Dillon Samuelson, who created the skull for the cover.

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Interrogation—Ro Cuzon

ro-cuzonWho: Ro Cuzon

What: Born in Brittany, France, Ro boxed for several years as a teenager and dropped out of high school to play guitar in a band. He has lived in France, San Francisco, the Caribbean, and Brooklyn, and finally settled in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. His fiction has appeared in Crimespree Magazine and Thuglit. He is the author of UNDER THE DIXIE MOON and UNDER THE CARIB SUN.

Where: New Orleans

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Bouchercon is coming to your town this week. What’s the BEST advice you have for first time visitors to New Orleans? More importantly, what’s the WORST advice?

I know this will be hard to do for some Bouchercon visitors in the 3-4 days they’ll be down here, but remember that New Orleans is much more than the French Quarter. Try to get out and explore the city a bit. Not getting shit-faced on Day 1 helps. If nothing else, at least ride one of the streetcars, either the classic green line along St. Charles Avenue to Audubon Park, or the red one to City Park (incidentally a better place to get coffee and beignets than Cafe du Monde, at Morning Call: no wasted time waiting in line for an hour). And this is something you can do hungover or even drunk.

The worst advice would be to tell you to go explore the streets of the Quarter drunk and alone after 2 a.m. You’re bound to get robbed. Or worse.

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S.W. Lauden At Bouchercon 2016

Hey there! If you’re in New Orleans next week and want to get together for a drink, to break some bread, or to plot world domination, here are a few good places to start looking:

nb-boucheronNoir at the Bar—Bouchercon (Reading)

Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:00pm, now in LaGalleries 6 (moved from LaGalleries 4&5)

Start off your Bouchercon right with a special Wednesday Noir at the Bar speed reading event. 20 authors doing super short readings and then a FREE BOOK giveaway. It’s fast and fun and the perfect way to kick off your Bouchercon right. Spread the word. Look at that freakin’ line up!!!

Skid Row Chatter with Tom Pitts (Podcast)

Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. (Somewhere in New Orleans)

Details are sketchy, as is the host.

Down & Out Books—Fifth Anniversary Party (Reading)

Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Cosimo’s Bar (French Quarter, New Orleans)

Down & Out Books is celebrating 5 years! AND–We want to celebrate with YOU! Join us for a special night of drinks and readings featuring: James Ray Tuck (AND he will be our MC), Eric Beetner, G.J. Brown, Jen Conley, Jeffery Hess, Dana King, S.W. Lauden, Gary Phillips, Tom Pitts, Ian Truman, J.L. Abramo, Grant Jerkins and Danny Gardner.

“Born On The Bayou”—Louisiana Stories (Panel)

Saturday, 3:00pm-3:50pm, LaGalleries 6

Bill Fitzhugh (M), S.W. Lauden, Bill Loehfelm, O’Neil DeNoux, Harley Jane Kozak and Jaden Terrell

All Other Times

I’ll be the author hanging around the hotel bar. You won’t be able to miss me.

You can always get info on my whereabouts at my snazzy new author website.

BCC Cover FinalS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published in Sept. 2016. His standalone novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

“Grizzly Season” Now Available For Pre-Order

Grizzly Season Front CoverThe second Greg Salem mystery, GRIZZLY SEASON, is now available for pre-order. I’m thrilled to kick this eagle (bear?) from the nest and into the vicious world. I hope some of you will find a nice home for it. Info HERE.

“Hard-edged with a deft eye and ear portraying the stone cold graspers hustling for their illicit piece of the illusory rainbow, S.W. Lauden delivers the delicious jagged goods in Grizzly Season.”
Gary Phillips, author of 3 the Hard Way

“Lauden’s new novel is wired with promises and threats that anything just might happen, and then it does—again and again. The furious pace never lets up. By the end you’ll be bruised by the ferocious beauty of Grizzly Season.”
Joseph Di Prisco, author of The Alzhammer and The Pope of Brooklyn

Interrogation—Alex Segura

SeguraAuthorPicWho: Alex Segura

What: A novelist and comic book writer, he is the author of the Miami crime novels featuring Pete Fernandez, SILENT CITY and DOWN THE DARKEST STREET from Polis Books. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed ARCHIE MEETS KISS storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, and the upcoming ARCHIE MEETS RAMONES.

Where: New York

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

The central character in your Miami crime series, Pete Fernandez, starts out as a down-on-his-luck newspaper editor. How did you choose journalism as the right profession for Pete?

Before I became a publicist I worked as a reporter and editor in Miami, so I knew and loved the world of the newsroom, and I really wanted to show that. So it made sense to have Pete start out as a newspaper guy, albeit one on his way out. Also, when I was thinking about what job would be conducive to becoming a PI, I liked the idea of Pete being an ex-reporter, so he’d still have that inquisitive nature, but it’d been subdued somehow, and he’d been relegated to a desk. That left him primed and waiting for something to come along and engage that part of his brain again, which had been addled by drinking too much. That’s pretty much where we meet him at the beginning of SILENT CITY.

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Interrogation—Mike McCrary

Who: Mike McCrary

What: Author of REMO WENT ROGUE and GETTING UGLY. His shorter work has appeared in ThugLit, All Due Respect, Dark Corners, Shotgun Honey and Out of the Gutter. He’s been a waiter, a securities trader, dishwasher, bartender, investment analyst and an unpaid Hollywood intern. He has quit corporate America, come back, been fired, been promoted, been fired again. Currently, he writes stories about questionable people who make questionable decisions. His latest novel, GENUINELY DANGEROUS, comes out Sept. 26.

Where: Texas

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Your latest novel, GENUINELY DANGEROUS, is a truly original, off-beat story. What was the inspiration?

I’ve kicked it around for a while. It kinda started with seeing Gene Wilder’s tiny role in Bonnie in Clyde. Someone completely out of his element, a civilian, thrown into the mix with a crew of criminals. Completely in over his head, but doesn’t get that he’s completely in over his head. Always thought Gene’s story could be another movie. I carried that idea around for years, but couldn’t find a good place for it. So I tucked it away. Then years later, I saw that whole mess with Brian Williams and the stories he told about being embedded with the military. That sparked the idea that maybe I could work something out of that. Also around that time I’d had a couple of huge nut-kicks in screenwriting. So all that starting fitting together into a crazy little story idea. Thinking, now maybe I’ve got something.

As far as being off-beat, thank you by the way, the great Peter Farris (Last Call for the Living) blurbed a book of mine and compared my stuff with Chuck Palahniuk and Elmore Leonard going on a blind date. I loved that. Wanted it to be true and I’ve tried very hard to live up to that almost impossible standard. So there you go. GENUINELY DANGEROUS. You take Gene Wilder, Brian Williams, Palahniuk, Elmore Leonard, Hollywood nut-kicks, mix well and serve over toast.

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Interrogation—Gabino Iglesias

 Who: Gabino Iglesias

What: Author of ZERO SAINTS, HUNGRY DARKNESS, and GUTMOUTH. His reviews have appeared in Electric Literature, The Rumpus, 3AM Magazine, Marginalia, The Collagist. Heavy Feather Review, Crimespree, Out of the Gutter, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, HorrorTalk, Verbicide, and many other print and online venues.

Where: Texas

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

ZERO SAINTS is one of the most original crime novels I’ve read in a while. What was the inspiration for this story? How did it evolve as you wrote it?

Thanks! I had something to say. There is something that folks in the streets go through that is amplified by inhabiting Otherness. I wanted to tell a crime story that was weird, but that also dealt with loneliness, fear, and identity. Folks love genres and categorizing authors, but I write nonfiction, crime, horror, and bizarro. I knew there was a way to bring them all together. I started writing ZERO SAINTS and let the story tell itself. I also decided that this one was going to have a lot of my past and that I was going to tell it in Spanglish because that was the only way it would sound authentic. It got darker and weirder from there. I don’t outline things the way the pros do, so the narrative developed as I wrote, elements came into play, and fun took over.

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Interrogation—Erik Storey

Eri Storey 1Who: Erik Storey

What: A former ranch hand, wilderness guide, dogsled musher, and hunter. He spent his childhood summers on his great-grandfather’s homestead or in a remote cabin in Colorado’s Flat Tops wilderness. He has earned a number of sharpshooter and marksman qualifications. NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is his first novel.

Where: Colorado

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Your debut novel, NOTHING SHORT OF DYING, reads like a fast-paced gunfight. Can you tell me how the story came about?

“Fast-paced gunfight.” I like that. It’s an accurate description, I think. Well, it started with the location. I wanted to write about the area I live in. Not only because I love it, but because very few books are set in this part of the world. I also needed a tough character who could handle the rugged country. I wanted someone a little different, so I made sure that Clyde Barr wasn’t a super spy, or an ex-cop, or former Special Forces.

I gave him traits from some of my favorite books when I was young, ones by Jack London, H. Rider Haggard, and Conan Doyle. Once I had the location and the idea for Clyde, and I came up with some very bad characters for him to do battle with, the book kind of fell into place.

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Interrogation—Nick Kolakowski

rsz_img_0976Who: Nick Kolakowski

What: His short stories have appeared in Shotgun Honey, Thuglit, Crime Syndicate Magazine, Out of the Gutter, and various anthologies. He’s also one of the editors of Shotgun Honey. His short story collection, SOMEBODY’S TRYING TO KILL ME, was released in August.

Where: New York

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

Your excellent new collection, SOMEBODY’S TRYING TO KILL ME, includes seventeen noir tales. How did you select which pieces to include?

I listen to a lot of standup comedy: Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, the sets that Robin Williams did in the ‘80s. All of those comedians alternate between quick jabs and longer setups, which allows them to build and maintain the energy of an hour-long set. When I started putting together this collection, I took some inspiration from that, and so you have the flash-fiction pieces lined up alongside the mid-length tales and the title novella. Hopefully that short-long-short rhythm allows the reader to catch a bit of a breather between the lengthier stories.

Beyond that, I knew I wanted to include the pieces that had been published in Thuglit, Crime Syndicate Magazine, and Reloaded (Shotgun Honey’s annual anthology). I’d also been working on the novella for years, off and on, and wanted it to finally see the light of day. Sprinkle all that with flash fiction from Shotgun Honey, and voilà: short-story collection.

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Interrogation—Mike Creeden

Creeden Pic1Who: Mike Creeden

What: His work has appeared in Tigertail, Miami Living, The Florida Book Review, EVERYTHING IS BROKEN, and TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND: CRIME FICTION INSPIRED BY THE SONGS OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. A native of Massachusetts, Mike now lives in South Florida and teaches writing at Florida International University.

Where: Florida

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

I just finished ALL YOUR LIES CAME TRUE and I kept getting the strange sensation that the book was written specifically for me. Who did you think the reader of this story would be when you wrote it?

It was written specifically for you, Steve—you and anyone else who’s ever played in a band, or been obsessed with a band or walked around all day, every day with song lyrics and guitar riffs and concert footage running through their heads. I was thinking about the kind of reader who measures the quality of a movie by what songs are on the soundtrack, someone who gets excited when a writer mentions a rock song or a band in a novel.

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