Reader’s Choice Awards

I need your vote please!

I just found out that I’m up for the Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice Awards. These are given out at the annual Killer Nashville convention, and I’m thrilled to see two of my books on the list:

The voting is open to anybody and requires no registration of any kind. If you have a few seconds, please click THIS LINK and give my books a vote. There are lots of great books to choose from, but you can only vote for one book per category.

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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.

Writer Types Reviews & Subscriptions

The more my co-host, Eric Beetner, and I dig into this podcasting thing, the more we realize that it’s a lot like book publishing—creating something can be a lot easier than spreading the word about it. That’s why Subscribers, Ratings and Reviews are sooooo important.

To that end, I wanted to share a couple of recent reviews with you:

And David Nemeth wrote a whole blog post about Writer Types:

If you have listened to Writer Types and you like what you heard, please consider leaving a Rating/Review at iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud. And if you want to hear more, please Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.

For those of you who have already Rated, Reviewed & Subscribed—THANK YOU!

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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—Jochem Vandersteen

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What: Author of the Mike Dalmas and Noah Milano books. He blogs about PI fiction at Sons Of Spade, and founded the Hardboiled Collective, a group of hardboiled writers promoting the genre and their books. He’s also a big fan of rock music and comic books, blogging about those as well.

Where: The Netherlands

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

I just read one of your recent novellas, THE DEATH BUSINESS, featuring a recurring protagonist named Noah Milano. How would you describe him to somebody who has not encountered him before?

Noah Milano is the son of LA’s biggest mob boss. When his mother got shot he promised her just before she died he would go straight and become an honest hardworking man. So, he breaks ties with his father and goes to work as a security specialist. He’s always trying to make up for his dark and criminal past. He can be a cocky wise ass, is a good fighter, loves rock music and is loyal to his best friends, Tony and Minnie.

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Guest DJ—Eryk Pruitt

Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author, filmmaker and radio host. And starting today he is also a Guest DJ! Check out this amazing playlist featuring everything from Bob Dylan and Lee Hazlewood to Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and Sublime. And don’t miss our radio/podcast discussion about “Music in Crime Fiction” this Monday, Dec. 14.

The Crime SceneIf you aren’t already familiar with Eryk’s work, you’re missing out. His short fiction has appeared in The Avalon Literary ReviewThuglitPulp Modern, and Zymbol, among others. In 2014, his fiction was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and also a finalist for a Derringer Award. His debut novel, DIRTBAGS, and his follow-up novel, HASHTAG, are both available now.

He wrote and produced the short film FOODIE which won eight top awards at over sixteen film festivals. Since then, he has written several others, including KEEPSAKE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND.

Here’s an excerpt from an interview I did with Eryk Pruitt earlier this year.

ErykAuthorPhotoHow does your approach to short stories differ from your longer works?

I can write a first draft for a short story in a day. If I get the kernel of an idea, I can sit down and write and then set it aside and come back and rewrite a couple days later, then do it again… and after a couple weeks I will have a polished, fine-tuned little piece of fiction. That’s pretty rewarding. Finishing something is its own reward, and the short story allows you to reward yourself more often than you can with a novel.

Find Eryk Pruitt: Website and Amazon

Previous Playlists:

Guest DJ—Tom Pitts

Guest DJ—Craig T. McNeely

Guest DJ—Angel Colon

Guest DJ—Josh Stallings

29 SoCal Punk Songs

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Recommended Reading 2015

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It’s that time of the year. I’ve made a list, checked it a couple dozen times, and now I’m posting it here.

This is not a “Best Of” list in the traditional sense. More of a “Man, I read some great books that got published this year!” list. The titles and authors are in no particular order, and there are probably a few I forgot.

If you haven’t already read these books, you should. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all great excuses to support your favorite booksellers. As if you need another excuse to buy books. (UPDATE: I’ve gotten some great suggestions for this list on other platforms. If you want to mention a book I didn’t, please leave it in the comments below Because: Conversation! —Thanks!).

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Novels

  • CANARY by Duane Swierczynski
  • CONTENDERS by Erika Krouse
  • STRANGE SHORES by Arnaldur Indridason
  • HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY KIDNAP STRANGERS by Max Booth III
  • THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
  • RUMRUNNERS by Eric Beetner
  • UNCLE DUST by Rob Pierce
  • THE MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman
  • A NEGRO AND AN OFAY by Danny Gardner
  • WORM by Anthony Neil Smith
  • WAYS TO DIE IN GLASGOW by Jay Stringer
  • GO DOWN HARD by Craig Faustus Buck
  • VORTEX by Paul D. Marks
  • NEW YORKED by Rob Hart
  • YOUNG AMERICANS by Josh Stallings

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Currently Reading

  • THE MAN IN THE WINDOW by Dana King
  • THE CARTEL by Don Winslow

Still On The TBR List

  • KILL ME QUICK by Paul D. Brazill
  • HASHTAG by Eryk Pruitt
  • ZERO SAINTS by Gabino Iglesias
  • BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich
  • THE SUBTLE ART OF BRUTALITY by Ryan Sayles

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Novellas & Anthologies

  • THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR by Angel Luis Colon
  • DREAMING DEEP by Anonymous-9
  • THE DEEPENING SHADE by Jake Hinkson
  • REDBONE by Matt Phillips
  • DEAD HEAT WITH THE REAPER by William E. Wallace
  • KNUCKLEBALL by Tom Pitts
  • SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE by Chris Irvin

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Looking Forward To 2016

  • CLEANING UP FINN by Sarah M. Chen
  • GRAVEYARD LOVE by Scott Adlerberg
  • CITY OF ROSE by Rob Hart
  • DECEMBER BOYS by Joe Clifford
  • ROUGH TRADE by Todd Robinson
  • HARD-BOILED HEART by Will Viharo
  • FLOODGATE by Johnny Shaw

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

A Little Weekend Reading

Really stoked that people are interested in my debut mystery novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION. Thank you all for the support. Please keep those Amazon reviews coming, it’s the best way to help authors spread the word in the Algorithm Age. At 16 now, aiming for 25 before the end of the year!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I’ll be reading at Book Show in Highland Park on Sunday, Nov. 22. This is the launch party for the new Josh Stallings novel, YOUNG AMERICANS. The party starts at 5pm and also features readings by Tony Peyser and Danny Gardner. Info HERE. Come say “Sup, bro?”

And if you have a little extra time this weekend, here are some guest blog posts and interviews from the last week You might even win a signed copy of BCC):

Jochem Vandersteen Interview—This Q&A is brand-spankin’-new! It was just posted today over at SONS OF SPADE. In it we talk about BCC, my protagonist Greg Salem, the eBook revolution, punk rock and genre fiction.

Holly West Interview—I love the DO SOME DAMAGE blog, so I was thrilled when Holly West asked to do an interview with me. In this one we talk a bit about how it feels to get published, my writing process, and some of my  influences.

rsz_screen_shot_2015-11-17_at_60347_am“A Classroom With Liquor”—My guest blog post over at THE SIRENS OF SUSPENSE. This one’s all about the lessons I learned on both sides of the bar, and how it influences my fiction. Leave a comment at the bottom of that blog post for your chance to win a signed copy of BCC.

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Interrogation—Jedidiah Ayres

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What: Jedidiah Ayres is his real name.

Where: St. Louis

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

I tore through PECKERWOOD, your small town epic from Broken River Books. What inspired you to write this story? How did you come up with the three main characters—Terry, Jimmy and Chowder?

Thanks, I’m glad somebody finally tore through it. Most folks say it took a huge guilt trip from me and a whole lot of mood-altering substances to finish it. And they never follow that up with comments about how glad they were that they stuck with it.

I actually wrote it when I failed to write the sequel. I was writing a novel that I couldn’t crack the structure of—I didn’t want to split it into two parts and I didn’t want to rely heavily on flashbacks. That novel (SHITBIRD) is about what happens in the aftermath of the events of PECKERWOOD… I realized I had to back up and write an entire other book to come before the original story I wanted to tell.

As far as the characters go—Terry is just me without a filter or functional conscience. He’s completely without the concept of responsibility or the social contract and un-interested in anything that doesn’t serve himself or immediately gratify whatever whim he’s taken with at the moment. Easily the most fun character to write and also the most unnerving. I’d step back from his point of view and think, “wow, that escalated quickly.” But I loved being able to let go with him. He has absolutely no need to justify himself.

Jimmy, on the other hand, does. He feels the weight of responsibility for the well-being of the folks he polices, but he’s also a pragmatist and engages in plenty of illegal and immoral activity in an attempt to protect and serve. When I feel guilty, I write Jimmy. He’s a moral failure like me—claiming ideals he can’t live up to. He’s of a prototype I first became interested in exploring after watching the Matthew McConaughey character, Buddy Deeds, in John Sayles’s amazing 1996 film Lonestar. Go see that film if you haven’t. You’ll thank me. I’ll wait.

Chowder is the devil Jimmy knows. He’s a lesser evil—a career criminal, but not a psychopath, not without conscience—someone Jimmy can reason with. Their relationship is symbiotic and they both seem to understand what they and their partner bring to the deal. I like too that he’s a small business man, who’s locally sourced and giving back to the community… and pretty evil. I hope there’s a nice contrast there.

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Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song (#16)

There is an important moment in every young musician’s life when they first discover Big Star.  Although the band never achieved mainstream success during their original run in the early 1970s, their legacy as one of the most influential rock bands ever seems unquestionable at this point. Why that is—how a band can be so genius, so far ahead of their time—is one of the themes in the tragic 2012 documentary “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me“. I would totally understand if you stopped reading now and went to watch it. That’s what I would do if I was you. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Welcome back! If you just watched the documentary, then you will definitely want to discuss the most perfect Big Star song ever (IMHO): “September Gurls” (no easy feat considering that they wrote so many perfect songs). I have searched high and low and never found another opening guitar riff that is quite so heartbreaking. And then Alex Chilton starts singing and you quickly understand how he came up with that perfect riff. The lyrics are cryptic, but strangely relatable to anybody who has ever pined away for lost love. For all these reasons, and because Jody Stephens is an amazing rock drummer, “September Gurls” is one of the best short stories I have ever listened to.

Read the lyrics for “September Gurls” HERE.

Previous installments in this series:

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Recent Author Interviews

We’ve had some great author interviews around here lately. Check it out.

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Angel Luis Colon interview HERE

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Paul D. Marks interview HERE

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Holly West interview HERE

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Craig Faustus Buck interview HERE

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Max Booth III interview HERE

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

 

Interrogation—Tyson Cornell

 Tyson Cornell 2015Who: Tyson Cornell

What: Founder of Rare Bird Lit, a company specializing in book marketing, promotions, and design for authors and publishers; and Rare Bird Books, a PGW-distributed independent publisher that releases thirty-five books per year on its various imprints. He was once the longtime marketing and publicity director of Book Soup bookstore back when it was the CBGBs of independent bookstores, and he has toured extensively around the world playing with hair metal musicians.

Where: Los Angeles

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

I swear this interview is going to be about you—but first I want to hear all about the Chuck Palahniuk vinyl audiobook that Rare Bird Books just put out. How did that project happen?

CP VinylThe Palahniuk vinyl audiobook is something that we’ve been extremely excited about. We had the idea of starting a vinyl audiobook line a few years ago and, until this initial release, have just been consumed with the practical elements of how we might roll vinyl audiobooks out. The most important component we’ve needed to take into consideration is simply how to fit an entire audiobook on so many pieces of vinyl. The first contractual vinyl agreement was for Jerry’s Stahl’s PERMANENT MIDNIGHT—unabridged, read by Jerry, featuring a full 11.5 hours worth of musical accompaniment by The Icarus Line. We did production on that last year, and it’s scheduled for release later this fall/winter. The Stahl project is the one that I originally mentioned to Palahniuk’s people (David Hyde at Superfan and Todd Doughty at Doubleday), which quickly evolved into the vinyl release of EXPEDITION, a 56-minute FIGHT CLUB prequel story read by Chuck with music by Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre. We’re working on others now for release next year and beyond.

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