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—Jason Pinter

Jason Pinter photoWho: Jason Pinter

What: Founder and Publisher of Polis Books, an independent publishing company he launched in 2013. He is the author of five thrillers and one middle grade novel, with over one million copies in print worldwide, which have been nominated for the Thriller Award, Strand Critics Award, Shamus Award, Barry Award and more.

Where: New Jersey

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

Congrats on the third anniversary of Polis Books! What have you learned about the company you started over the last thirty-six months?

Well, being a business owner is far more difficult and complicated than being an editor or writer, which were my previous professions. It’s the difference between painting a room and building a house. I’ve been in dozens of editorial board meetings, publicity meetings, sales conferences, and pitched my own books in innumerable outlets, hopefully without boring people to death. But I didn’t have much more than cursory experience on the finance and distribution side, largely doing P&Ls (profit and loss projections) on acquisitions. Learning that side was the most time-consuming part, simply because I didn’t have a background in it, but I thankfully have good accountants and lawyers and am a total data geek and work very closely with our distributor, our bank, and our printing partner to make sure everything runs smoothly on the back end of the publishing equation.

Reading submissions, working on cover designs and promoting our authors is the fun part. That’s the muscle. That’s the stuff people see publically. But the other stuff, the skeleton, the support system that holds everything up, that’s been the biggest challenge but also one of the biggest rewards because I know we can do this.

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