Interrogation—Alec Cizak

imgp0012Who: Alec Cizak

What: writer and filmmaker whose work has recently appeared in Beat to a PulpUnloaded, and Crack the Spine. He is also the editor of Pulp Modern. His short story collection, CROOKED ROADS, is available now from All Due Respect. His novella, DOWN ON THE STREET, will be published by ABC Group Documentation in Summer 2017.

Where: Indianapolis

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

I just got a sneak peek at your novella, DOWN ON THE STREET—one of the grittiest books I’ve read in recent memory. What was the inspiration?

I’ve always been amused by the idea of a “normal” person trying to become a pimp. What would force a regular, blue-collar guy into that situation? Even more fascinating, how would he convince a woman to go along with such a scheme?

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“Crosswise” Is Only 99 Cents For Three Days

rsz_screen_shot_2017-02-14_at_82155_amThe nice people over at Down & Out Books are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special offer on my Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper, CROSSWISE. The ebook is only 99 cents for the next three days.

Here’s some love from a few of my favorite crime/mystery authors:

“Femme fatale, Florida heat, and clues tougher to figure out than a NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle. S.W. Lauden’s Crosswise is sun-splashed noir with New York City attitude. A fun read that will keep you guessing until the end.” —Matt Coyle, author of the Anthony Award winning Rick Cahill crime series

“Crosswise stands as a glorious bastard child of Goodfellas and The Golden Girls. It’s a taut mystery with a hell of a wicked streak that only further cements S.W. Lauden as one of the best new voices in mystery and crime.” —Angel Luis Colón, author of THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR and NO HAPPY ENDINGS

“The suspense starts on the first page and doesn’t let up. A unique setting with unforgettable characters.” —Terrence McCauley, author of SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL

“Briskly paced and precise as a Sunday crossword, this mystery hooks you fast, reels you in, and keeps you dangling in suspense till the very last page.” —Scott Adlerberg, author of JUNGLE HORSES and GRAVEYARD LOVE

“Crosswise grabs you from the jump and doesn’t let go. A taut, suspenseful romp through the Redneck Riviera with an entertaining cast of characters. Don’t wait for retirement to spend some time at the Precious Acres retirement community. Book your stay today!” —Michael Lister, author of INNOCENT BLOOD

crossedbonesx2700-2S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, was published in October 2016. His first Tommy & Shayna crime caper, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books. The second novella in that series, CROSSED BONES, will be published in May 2017.

Writer Types Podcast—Episode 2

Hey everybody! Thank you all for the tremendous support for our new podcast.

Episode 2 just went live today, featuring interviews with Joe R. Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman and Jess Lourey. We also hear about favorite P.I.s from Danny Gardner, Paul D. Marks and Kris Calvin. We’ve got an interview with literary agent, Amy Moore-Benson, short fiction from Erik Arneson and, of course, we check in with our reviewers, Kate and Dan Malmon!

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Interrogation—Steph Post

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Who: Steph Post

What: Author of the novels A TREE BORN CROOKED and LIGHTWOOD. She teaches writing at a performing arts high school in St. Petersburg.

Where: Florida

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

Congrats on the release of LIGHTWOOD. How did this book come together?

Thank you! I think in a lot of ways LIGHTWOOD was sort of an evolution from my first novel, A TREE BORN CROOKED. After I finished A TREE BORN CROOKED, I knew that I wanted to go in a different direction, stylistically, but the area of north-central Florida still had its hooks in me. I still wanted to write about that particular place—the landscape, the people, the microcosmic circumstances—but I wanted to really ramp things up. I wanted to write about underdogs and unusual villains and beautiful-loser characters, but on somewhat of an epic scale. So that was the genesis. Everything else came from wherever it comes from in the writer universe: that swirling vortex of moments and interests we collect along the way that eventually surprise us by popping up on the page.

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New GRIZZLY SEASON Review

Really love this new GRIZZLY SEASON review over at Sons Of Spade. This guy has been a supporter of the Greg Salem character from the beginning. He’s also a big fan of punk rock. Enjoy!

 


BCC Cover FinalS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, was published on October 11, 2016. His novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

Interrogation—J.J. Hensley

author-photo-3Who: J.J. Hensley

What: A former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, he holds a degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University and also earned a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He the author of the crime novels RESOLVE, MEASURE TWICE, CHALK’S OUTLINE, and several short stories. His next novel, BOLT ACTION REMEDY, is scheduled for release in late 2017.

Where: Pittsburgh

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

I just finished MEASURE TWICE and it was a great read. Can you tell me a little about how the book came about?

I wrote most of MEASURE TWICE while I was waiting for the publication of my first novel, RESOLVE. It was a long stretch between when RESOLVE had been purchased by a publisher and when it was to be released, so I had to keep writing in order to not go crazy. There were only so many times I could redesign my website or tinker around with my Facebook page, so I decided to crank out another novel.

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“Crossed Bones” Cover Reveal

crossedbonesx2700-2I’m thrilled to share the cover for the new Tommy & Shayna Caper, CROSSED BONES. This is the follow-up to my novella CROSSWISE. CROSSED BONES will be available from Down & Out Books on May 1, 2017!

Like drug-dealing pirates? Keep reading!

Shayna Billups left Tommy Ruzzo and Seatown, Florida in smoking ruins before escaping to New Orleans. She’s slinging rum drinks at a pirate-themed dive bar when a treasure map grabs her attention. All alone and thirsting for adventure, Shayna follows the clues to North Carolina where she assembles a band of drug-dealing pirates to wage war on a murderous mayor and his blood-thirsty biker gang. 

As the bodies pile up, Shayna wonders if Ruzzo will find her before she ends up in Davy Jones’ Locker.

And check out the CROSSED BONES pre-order link on Amazon.

Tell a friend. Tell an enemy.

CROSSWISES.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, was published on October 11, 2016. His novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

“Writer Types” Podcast—Episode 1

Thrilled to share the first episode of my new podcast with co-host, Eric Beetner.

This week we have interviews with authors Megan Abbott, Lou Berney and Steph Post; check in with Down & Out Books publisher, Eric Campbell; hear about the best of 2016 and what to look forward to in 2017 from our reviewers, Kate Malmon and Dan Malmon; enjoy a live reading of the short story “Whoops” by Nick Kolakowski, and have a little bookstore fun with S.G. Redling, Gary Phillips and Jay Stringer.

We’re aiming to have a new episode up every month throughout 2017. So please give it a listen and share it with your friends.

Interrogation—Nolan Knight

Who: Nolan Knight

What: A fourth generation Angeleno whose short fiction has been featured in various publications including Thuglit, Plots with Guns, and Needle. His debut novel, THE NEON LIGHTS ARE VEINS, comes out in paperback Jan. 17, 2017, from 280 Steps Publishing. 

Where: Los Angeles

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

Congrats on the release of your debut novel. How did THE NEON LIGHTS ARE VEINS come about?

Cheers, Steve!

NEON LIGHTS was inspired by the happenings in my Los Angeles neighborhood from roughly 2006 to 2009. A young girl was murdered on our local pub crawl route. An article about it in the LA Weekly started the gears in my brain for the setting of the novel. The book is in no way related to the incident, but the dark atmosphere solidified what I had envisioned. I wanted to implode the standard L.A. Detective story and jigsaw it back together, both structurally and stylistically, into a novel that I had always wanted to read. The title pertains to The City as The Beast, a giant meat grinder that beckons dreamers and shits them out, generation after generation. A more specific meaning is held by the main character, Alvi Drake, involving his tragic past.

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