Writer Types Podcast—Episode 9

Writer Types crime and mystery podcast episode 9 is here! Guests include Attica Locke, Mark Haskell Smith, Frank Zafiro, Emma Viskic, Iain Ryan and Andrew Nette, with flash fiction by Gary Duncan. Books reviewed include Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier, and March of Crime by Jess Lourey.

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

 

2016: My Year In Interviews

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I got the not-so-original idea to interview other writers at Bouchercon, Long Beach a couple of years ago. At the time, I was new to the vibrant crime and mystery community and eager to learn about the people who were a few steps—or a few miles—ahead of rsz_screen_shot_2016-05-08_at_74929_amme in their publishing journey. Since then I have expanded my interviews to include a handful of publishers, event organizers, designers and bloggers.

I discovered pretty quickly that even the most hardboiled author was happy to indulge my questions, giving them serious consideration and, when asked, providing insightful advice about writing, publishing and marketing. This is a truly talented bunch of people. And a lot of them are funny too.

Two years later, I’m happy to say that many have become friends that I connect with regularly on social media, at annual conferences like Left Coast Crime, Noir at the Bar events around the country, and bookstore signings.

rsz_screen_shot_2016-04-08_at_75943_pm_2Looking back on 2016, I did 48 interviews. If you missed any of them, or if you’re looking to discover a talented new crime/mystery author, here they are again (along with links):

January:

Corey Lynn Fayman, Leslie Bohem, Jack Getze, Ingrid Willis

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John L. Thompson, Rob Hart, J.L. Abramo, Bill Fitzhugh, J.T. Lindroos

March:

Brett Battles, Brian Thornton, Michael Lister, Gary Phillips

April:

rsz_screen_shot_2016-01-17_at_83408_amMarietta Miles, Jon Jordan, Jeff Newberry, C.S. Dewildt

May:

Christian Lee, Jen Conley, Glen Erik Hamilton, Sarah M. Chen

June:

Larry Wilson, Bryon Quertermous, Dharma Kelleher, Ryan Gattis, Joe Clifford

July:

rsz_screen_shot_2016-06-26_at_73433_pmBenjamin Whitmer, Jason Pinter, Greg Barth

August:

Mike Creeden, Nick Kolakowski, Erik Storey, Gabino Iglesias, Mike McCrary

September:

Alex Segura, Ro Cuzon, Erik Arenson

rsz_screen_shot_2016-09-05_at_34632_pmOctober:

Jay Stringer, S.G. Redling, Christa Faust & Gary Phillips, Michael Pool, Naomi Hirahara

November:
Lori Rader-Day, Andrew Nette, Bob Truluck, Angel Luis Colon

December:

Matt Coyle, Jonathan Brown

I look forward to interviewing more of you in 2017. Thanks for a great year!

grizzly-seasonS.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 Tommy Ruzzo novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

Interrogation—Andrew Nette

Who: Andrew Nette

What: A crime writer, freelance journalist and pulp fiction scholar. His first novel, GHOST MONEY, a crime story set in mid-nineties Cambodia, appeared in 2012. His second novel, GUNSHINE STATE, was published by 280 Steps in September. His short fiction has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled 3, Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels, Phnom Penh Noir and the 2016 anthology of Australian crime fiction, Crime Scenes : Stories.

Where: Australia

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

GUNSHINE STATE was one hell of a read! Tell us a little about how this book came together.

Thanks. GUNSHINE STATE is the fusion of two literary ambitions.

Firstly, I love a good heist story but not a lot of them have appeared on the local crime fiction scene. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at writing what I hope is a quintessentially Australian take on the heist genre and GUNSHINE STATE is it.

Second, there was a period in my life several years ago when, for various family reasons, I was spending a lot of time in Surfers Paradise, a city in the sub-tropical south of the Australian state of Queensland, where a decent chunk of GUNSHINE STATE is set. For US readers, Surfers is a very strange place. It was a small settlement hacked out of mangroves swamps in the forties that by the sixties had become Australia’s foremost beach holiday destination. It was modelled on similar places in Florida, so it has this weird faux Miami vibe, traces of which are still visible. Nowadays, the local authorities promote Surfers as a family friendly destination, but it has a very shady history.

From the sixties to the mid-eighties, Queensland was run by a group of corrupt cops known as the ‘Rat Pack’, who were involved in everything from prostitution, drug trafficking and illegal gambling, to political intimidation and murder. Surprisingly, only a handful of Australian crime novels have touched on the darker aspects of Queensland’s history, and spending time there, I decided I wanted to add to that list.

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