Interrogation—Jeffery Hess

Who: Jeffery Hess

What: Author of the novel, BEACHHEAD, and the story collection, COLD WAR CANOE CLUB, as well as the editor of the award-winning HOME OF THE BRAVE anthologies. He served six years aboard the Navy’s oldest and newest ships and holds writing degrees from the University of South Florida and Queens University of Charlotte. He leads the DD-214 Writers’ Workshop for military veterans.

Where: Florida

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

Congrats on the release of COLD WAR CANOE CLUB. Can you tell us a little about how this short story collection came together?

It was nothing I planned. In fact, I spent my twenties and thirties writing about everything but the Navy. Then, in 2007, I formed a writing workshop for military veterans. In advance of the first meeting, I sent a press release to the (now-defunct) Tampa Tribune hoping they’d list the workshop with my phone number on their calendar of events. Instead, a reporter called with interest in writing a piece about me and the workshop. During the twenty-minute interview, it came up that I didn’t require participants to write their military experiences, but they were welcome to. The reporter asked if I wrote about my own military experiences. When I said “no,” she asked why. That question made me recall the moment more than ten years earlier, when I assumed Tom Clancy had written everything about the Navy that anyone could want. But in the breath or two it took me to reply, I realized my stories would be different.

Needless to say, I wrote dozens of Navy stories in the years that followed. I’m beyond thrilled that sixteen of them made this book almost a decade later. More than half of the stories in the book have been published by journals and magazines like Noir Nation, Plots with Guns, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, O-Dark-Thirty.

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Pub Day For “Crossed Bones”

My second Tommy & Shayna Crime Caper is available TODAY thanks to the nice people at Down & Out Books!

And the reviews are starting to come in. Here’s what Dan Malmon over at Crimespree Magazine had to say about CROSSED BONES:

“Lauden is clearly playing with every trope in the drawer with this series of novellas. With every nod, wink, and smile that he sends through the page to the reader, you know he’s having an absolute blast with this series.”

Sounds about right. Please check out that review and click right HERE to check out CROSSED BONES on Amazon.

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—Steph Post

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Who: Steph Post

What: Author of the novels A TREE BORN CROOKED and LIGHTWOOD. She teaches writing at a performing arts high school in St. Petersburg.

Where: Florida

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

Congrats on the release of LIGHTWOOD. How did this book come together?

Thank you! I think in a lot of ways LIGHTWOOD was sort of an evolution from my first novel, A TREE BORN CROOKED. After I finished A TREE BORN CROOKED, I knew that I wanted to go in a different direction, stylistically, but the area of north-central Florida still had its hooks in me. I still wanted to write about that particular place—the landscape, the people, the microcosmic circumstances—but I wanted to really ramp things up. I wanted to write about underdogs and unusual villains and beautiful-loser characters, but on somewhat of an epic scale. So that was the genesis. Everything else came from wherever it comes from in the writer universe: that swirling vortex of moments and interests we collect along the way that eventually surprise us by popping up on the page.

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“Crossed Bones” Cover Reveal

crossedbonesx2700-2I’m thrilled to share the cover for the new Tommy & Shayna Caper, CROSSED BONES. This is the follow-up to my novella CROSSWISE. CROSSED BONES will be available from Down & Out Books on May 1, 2017!

Like drug-dealing pirates? Keep reading!

Shayna Billups left Tommy Ruzzo and Seatown, Florida in smoking ruins before escaping to New Orleans. She’s slinging rum drinks at a pirate-themed dive bar when a treasure map grabs her attention. All alone and thirsting for adventure, Shayna follows the clues to North Carolina where she assembles a band of drug-dealing pirates to wage war on a murderous mayor and his blood-thirsty biker gang. 

As the bodies pile up, Shayna wonders if Ruzzo will find her before she ends up in Davy Jones’ Locker.

And check out the CROSSED BONES pre-order link on Amazon.

Tell a friend. Tell an enemy.

CROSSWISES.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 novella, CROSSWISE, is available from Down & Out Books.

Interrogation—Bob Truluck

bob-in-wedding-costumeWho: Bob Truluck

What: A suspected pop-noirist who has been nominated for some good stuff and has actually garnered a couple of nice looking awards. His novels include STREET LEVEL, SAW RED and his upcoming release, THE BIG NOTHING. Bob has no favorite color or lucky number and will eat most anything but rutabaga.

Where: Florida

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

Thanks for sending me an advanced copy of THE BIG NOTHING. Can you tell me a little about how the book came about?

And thanks for looking at the book. Mostly, THE BIG NOTHING came about from a desire to write a not-PI thing. The Sloan series is fun, but it’s still PI stuff—and it’s a controlled trot whether it seems that way or not; I could do a Sloan in a hundred and fifty pages easy, but I don’t. I wanted to let my pencil run.

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“Crosswise” Is Only $.99 Right Now

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The nice people at Down & Out Books have put the ebook of my crime novella, “Crosswise,” on sale for $.99. If that’s the price you’ve been waiting for, just click right HERE.

Need a little more convincing? Well, you can see what the amazing Matt Coyle has to say up above. Or maybe you’d prefer to hear from Scott Adlerberg:

And here’s an amazing Amazon review from the one-and-only Michelle Isler (aka “Godmother”):

“I loved this smart, crime novella. S.W. Lauden just keeps getting better with his books. Crosswise just grabs you from the very beginning and keeps you guessing and entertained through the whole book. Nice, crisp, gruesome, and stuffed with interesting characters.”

Go ahead, give “Crosswise” a whirl!

Interrogation—Michael Lister

Who: Michael Lister

What: Multi award-winning novelist, best known for his literary suspense thrillers DOUBLE EXPOSURE, BURNT OFFERINGS, and SEPARATION ANXIETY, as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan “Blood” series (BLOOD CRIES) and the hard-boiled, 1940s noir Jimmy “Soldier” Riley Series (THE BIG BLAST).

Where: Florida

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

What makes the Florida Panhandle the right place for your fiction?

It’s home. I’m connected to it like no other place on the planet. I love it like only an indigenous person can. It’s both my natural and spiritual home. It’s a unique and largely undiscovered part of Florida.

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Florida Music

Sometimes writing a book in a specific location means rediscovering music from there as well. Such was the case with my new novella, CROSSWISE. Take a listen and you might be surprised to find out that some of these artists called The Sunshine State home, at least until they hit the road.

rsz_screen_shot_2016-02-28_at_25717_pmS.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. The second Greg Salem novel, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published in September 2016. His standalone novella, CROSSWISE, is available now from Down & Out Books.

Postcards From Hell

My new novella, CROSSWISE, was published by Down & Out Books this week. Because it’s set in a Florida Panhandle vacation town, I thought I would create some postcards. I’ll be adding more to this post for the next few weeks.

Crosswise Postcard 1

Crosswise Postcard 2

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

My New Novella Is Out Now!

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Thanks to everybody who pre-ordered CROSSWISEand those who grabbed it today. The response has been great so far and I’m really excited to know what all of you think once you’ve had a chance to read it. Here’s the low down:

Tommy Ruzzo is a disgraced NYPD cop who follows his coke fiend girlfriend back to her hometown in Florida. She leaves Ruzzo high and dry just before he’s named Head of Security at Precious Acres, a beachfront retirement community populated by wisecracking New Yorkers. Ruzzo is stranded among the local losers until the day he discovers a murdered senior citizen on the Precious Acres bocce ball court. The bodies pile up as Ruzzo uncovers a dangerous trail of clues that brings everybody in his new world under suspicion. 

If you want to find out more about why I set this standalone novella in Florida, or how it got published, please check out these recent guest blog posts:

Here’s an amazing early review from Beth Kanell at Kingdom Books:

“CROSSWISE is a fun read and a quick one (130 pages)—a great tip of the hat to the noir genre. Shelve it with Westlake, Robert Parker, and your vintage paperbacks with their slinky women brandishing firearms. Or with Carl Hiassen and Kinky Friedman, for the good-humoredly ridiculous capers. Good stuff!”

Read the whole review RIGHT HERE.

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And last, but certainly not least, here’s an interview I did with designer extraordinaire, J.T. Lindroos, who designed the cover for CROSSWISE.

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