Writer Types Podcast—Episode 3

Episode 3 of the podcast I co-host with Eric Beetner is officially here!

Check out interviews with Johnny Shaw and Sue Ann Jaffarian. Spend a night at Noir At The Bar – L.A. with Glen Erik HamiltonNolan KnightSarah M. ChenTravis RichardsonJohn Lansing and Stephen Blackmoore. Go to rock school with Alex SeguraJoe Clifford and Corey Lynn Fayman. And listen to a haunting short story from Jen Conley. Plus, reviews from Kate Hackbarth Malmon and Dan Malmon. Special thanks to our partners at Shotgun HoneyCrimespree Magazine and the California Crime Writers Conference.

Listen to all three episodes of Writer Types on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher

And please consider leaving a review and rating, and subscribing whenever possible.

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S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series including BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION and GRIZZLY SEASON (Rare Bird Books). His Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper novellas include CROSSWISE and CROSSED BONES (Down & Out Books). He is also the co-host of the Writer Types podcast. Steve lives in Los Angeles.

Interrogation—Hector Acosta

Who: Hector Acosta

What: He was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States, his time living on the border left an impression on him, and much of his writing revolves around that area and its people. In his free time he enjoys watching wrestling and satisfying a crippling Lego addiction. HARDWAY is his debut novella.

Where: New York

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

Congrats on the release of HARDWAY. What’s the story behind this story?

I had the basic concept—kids steal a wrestler’s championship belt and things escalate—banging around my head for a while, with the first draft being a 5k piece for a crime writing contest. By the time I finished it, I found myself having more to say, and that was right around the time that Shotgun Honey opened up for submissions, so I decided to go back to the story and see what I could produce without a word count restriction.

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Book Reviews: Bad Citizen Corporation + Grizzly Season by S.W. Lauden

Greg Salem doubleheader. Reviews for books 1 and 2: “Bad Citizen Corporation” and “Grizzly Season”.

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BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION + GRIZZLY SEASON

Author: S.W. Lauden

Publisher: Rare Bird Books

Release Dates: October 2015 + September 2016

Bounced out of the police force after a dubious shooting, punk-turned-cop Greg Salem – whose cult ex-band gives Bad Citizen Corporation its title – finds himself assuming investigative duties once more when a beloved ex-bandmate is murdered at a show. Accompanied by his flaky drug-addict drummer Marco, Salem tries to keep his personal demons at bay long enough to track down the killer, and redeem his ravaged reputation. The bullet-strewn back-story – and indeed Salem’s battle with alcohol dependency – may recall a So.Cal Scudder, but Lauden’s book actually follows in the sandy, surf-noir footprints of writers such as Don Winslow and Kem Nunn. Like his predecessors, Lauden manages to give the story an impressively claustrophobic feel, which is defiantly at odds with the sun-kissed, beach-side backdrop.

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Notes From Murder & Mayhem in Chicago

It’s pretty amazing to witness the birth of a new event. Even more so when it’s so perfectly executed. Murder & Mayhem in Chicago might have been in its first year, but you would never know from the size of the crowd, the quality of the panels, and the caliber of authors in attendance.

I was there along with my podcast co-host and M&M in Chicago emcee, Eric Beetner (who, based on his performance last Saturday at Roosevelt University, might have a future in comedy). We did interviews with talented writers like Sara Paretsky, William Kent Krueger and Shaun Harris. And checked in with several dynamic duos, from M&M in Chicago masterminds, Lori Rader-Day and Dana Kaye, to Crimespree magazine’s Ruth and Jon Jordan, and on to a hilarious conversation about book tours with Sean Chercover and Marcus Sakey—not to mention our fearless reviewers, Kate and Dan Malmon. You can look forward to hearing most of that and a few other little surprises on a future episode of Writer Types.

I also got to hang out with members of my extended crime fiction family including Holly West, Angel Colon, Lance WrightBryon Quertermous and Gretchen Beetner, while sharing some inappropriate laughs with Erica Ruth NeubauerThomas Pluck, Hector Acosta and Gregory Rossi (among others). And many of us feasted on some truly insane deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s thanks to Chicago native and masterful panel moderator, Danny Gardner.

Jealous yet? Well, don’t be. Murder & Mayhem in Chicago will be back next year and, based on what I experienced over the weekend, for many years to come. So give Murder & Mayhem in Chicago a LIKE on Facebook and make sure to sign up for next year’s conference when registrations open up again. And register for sister event, Murder & Mayhem in Milwaukee, in the meantime. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see you there this November!

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. He is also the co-host of the crime/mystery podcast, Writer Types.

Interrogation—J.H. Bogran

 

Who: J.H. Bogran

What: His works include novels and short stories in both English and Spanish. He’s a member of the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributing editor for their official e-zine, The Big Thrill. His latest novel is POISONED TEARS.

Where: Honduras

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

Congrats on your latest novel, POISONED TEARS. Can you tell me how this story came together?

POISONED TEARS came about probably from the silliest of places, a TV Show about the most poisonous animals in world. You know, one of those Top Ten Lists. I sat there mesmerized and a part of my brain started to think “what if somebody used those animals to kill people? It’d be a perfect crime!” Yeah, I know, scary how writers pull those thoughts out of thin air. The idea stuck with me and I began developing a scenario where a person could get away with murder disguising the crimes. That’s the novel in a nutshell, the elevator pitch if you will.

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CROSSED BONES Is On NetGalley!

Dear Book Reviewers,

I’m writing you today because my next novella, CROSSED BONES, is now available on NetGalley. This is the second Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper, and the follow-up to 2016’s CROSSWISE. Here’s what a few early readers have said about CROSSED BONES:

  • “Crossed Bones introduces readers to a cast of deliciously flawed characters, all of whom pursue questionable agendas by sketchy means. S.W. Lauden captures the complexity of human morality in a fast-paced tale of greed, manipulation, and obsession.—J.J. Hensley, author of Resolve, Measure Twice, and Chalk’s Outline.
  • “The only thing that burns hotter than Shayna Billups is Tommy Ruzzo’s need to keep her from self-destructing. Crossed Bones is the fast-paced follow-up to Crosswise that finds these two unforgettable characters in a world of drugs, sex, a powerful mayor, and all manner of pirates. This treasure hunt is not just bang for your buck, but also BOOM for your cannon powder!—Jeffery Hess, author of Beachhead and Cold War Canoe Club.
  • A sick slab of Jimmy Buffett noir fit for fans of Carl Hiaasen, with dive bar denizens on a treasure hunt full of rum, booty, and mayhem.” —Thomas Pluck, author of Bad Boy Boogie.
  • “S.W. Lauden cranks the action in a contemporary treasure hunt following a coked-out, hell-raising mama from the South up the East coast to a town dominated by pirates both legitimate and phony. Suspense and betrayal lurk on every page as Lauden brings this dizzying cliffhanger to a raucous conclusion. —Alec Cizak, editor, Pulp Modern.

It’s a fast-paced read that might even make you laugh a time or two (fingers crossed). Please check it out while sitting on the beach, waiting to meet with your parole officer, lounging next to the pool, in line for Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, or riding on the subway/metro in your city of choice.

Sincerely,

S.W. Lauden

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. He is also the co-host of the crime/mystery podcast, Writer Types.

Interrogation—Dave White

Who: Dave White

What: Derringer Award-winning author of six novels: WHEN ONE MAN DIES, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, NOT EVEN PAST, AN EMPTY HELL and BLIND TO SIN in his Jackson Donne series, and the acclaimed thriller WITNESS TO DEATH.

Where: New Jersey

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

Congrats on the release of your fifth Jackson Donne novel, BLIND TO SIN. What does your protagonist get up to in this installment of the series?

Thanks, Steve!  Jackson Donne has spent the time in between his last book, AN EMPTY HELL, and this one in prison.  He put himself there voluntarily as a sort of penance for the deaths he’s been connected to over his years as a private investigator.  His sometimes partner, Matt Herrick, puts Donne in touch with his father Kenneth, a prisoner at the same prison.  Kenneth Herrick gets them both out of jail and immediately begins planning a heist involving the Federal Reserve of New Jersey.  Suddenly, Jackson Donne and Matt Herrick have to make a choice, participate in the heist or put their own lives on the line.  Yay horrible choices!  It often makes it so much fun for readers!

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Interrogation—Sean McDaniel

Who: Sean McDaniel

What: Author of CRIMINAL ZOO, a disturbing look into a dystopian near future where criminals pay for their crimes in torture and blood. His second book is scheduled for release fall of 2017.

Where: Montana

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

CRIMINAL ZOO is a fresh take on the crime novel. Tell us a little about the inspiration to write this story.

May, 2005, an article in the Billings Gazette: Man Killed Two Girls Out of Rage. I sat in my office with a client of mine and discussed this article (by day I’m a mild-mannered personal trainer, by night I write stories that cost you sleep). According to the article, an ex-convict stabbed his 8-year-old daughter and her 9-year-old friend to death with a steak knife. He alleged he did so in self-defense. “I wish I could be locked in a room with this monster,” I told my client. “I would say, ‘I’m not an eight year old girl. What can you do to me?’ Come back an hour later and let out whoever is still standing. I guarantee it will be me.”

Two years later, I sat down and let the story out. In all fairness, however, I must give credit where credit is due. Dante Alighieri beat me to the punch by 700 years. In his DIVINE COMEDY, Dante explained his hell. “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” What you did to land in hell is done to you for an eternity.

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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.