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 me 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.
Looking 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):
Corey Lynn Fayman, Leslie Bohem, Jack Getze, Ingrid Willis
John L. Thompson, Rob Hart, J.L. Abramo, Bill Fitzhugh, J.T. Lindroos
Brett Battles, Brian Thornton, Michael Lister, Gary Phillips
Marietta Miles, Jon Jordan, Jeff Newberry, C.S. Dewildt
Christian Lee, Jen Conley, Glen Erik Hamilton, Sarah M. Chen
Larry Wilson, Bryon Quertermous, Dharma Kelleher, Ryan Gattis, Joe Clifford
Benjamin Whitmer, Jason Pinter, Greg Barth
Mike Creeden, Nick Kolakowski, Erik Storey, Gabino Iglesias, Mike McCrary
Alex Segura, Ro Cuzon, Erik Arenson
Jay Stringer, S.G. Redling, Christa Faust & Gary Phillips, Michael Pool, Naomi Hirahara
Lori Rader-Day, Andrew Nette, Bob Truluck, Angel Luis Colon
Matt Coyle, Jonathan Brown
I look forward to interviewing more of you in 2017. Thanks for a great year!
S.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.