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.

Writing Tips From Amazing Crime Authors

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I’ve been very lucky to interview some talented crime writers this year. Here’s a collection of a few favorite quotes and a handful of Q&As from the first half of 2016—like THIS ONE with Gary Phillips.

This is by no means a full list of the interviews I have done this year, but a great place to start. If you like what you read, make sure to click the “Recent Interrogations” links at the bottom of each Q&A. And don’t forget to check out each author’s Amazon page. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Read the JEN CONLEY INTERVIEW

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Read the GLEN ERIK HAMILTON INTERVIEW

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Read the BRETT BATTLES INTERVIEW

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Read the SARAH M. CHEN INTERVIEW

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Read the ROB HART INTERVIEW

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Read the DHARMA KELLEHER INTERVIEW

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Read the JOE CLIFFORD INTERVIEW

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Read the RYAN GATTIS INTERVIEW

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Read the C.S. DWILDT INTERVIEW

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Read the MARIETTA MILES INTERVIEW

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Read the BRYON QUERTERMOUS INTERVIEW

BCC Cover FinalS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published in Sept. 2016. His standalone novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

 

Interrogation—Dharma Kelleher

DharmaWho: Dharma Kelleher

What: She writes gritty tales about outlaws, renegades, and misfits. Her hobbies include riding motorcycles, picking locks, and getting inked. Her debut novel IRON GODDESS will be published by Penguin Random House’s Alibi imprint on June 28, 2016.

Where: Arizona

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

Congrats on the upcoming release of your debut novel, IRON GODDESS! Can you tell us a little bit about how this story came together?

Thanks! I’ve been riding motorcycles for several years now. A few years ago, I saw a news story about a custom motorcycle shop that specialized in bikes for women. I’m 5’6” and there are a lot of motorcycles that are simply too tall for me, especially sport and off-road bikes. So I imagined a female biker that ran her own shop. That was the starting point.

Your protagonist, Shea Stevens, is billed as an “ex-con biker chick turned law-abiding citizen”. How much of you is in this character?

There are some similarities and a lot of differences. We’re both bikers who are willing to go to extremes to protect the people we care about. We both live outside the mainstream of polite society. We are both estranged from our families of origin, though for different reasons. And we both are adept at picking locks.

But you wouldn’t want me working on your bike or car. I don’t even change my own oil. And I’ve never spent time in prison. So far.

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