Interrogation—Jon Jordan

Who: Jon Jordan

What: A Milwaukee native who has devoted most of his free time to reading going back to childhood, almost all of it mysteries and comics. He and his wife Ruth publish Crimespree Magazine and are fan guest of Honor in New Orleans at Bouchercon. They have also won three Anthony Awards and been given the Raven by mystery Writers of America. Jon also drinks 4-6 pots of coffee a day.

Where: Milwaukee

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

You recently posted on Facebook that you and  will once again be handling the panel programming for Bouchercon 2016. What initially got you interested in taking on this role? 

It started with the Madison Bouchercon. The ladies doing the programming were friends and I had mentioned if they Crimespree 1needed a hand let me know. They reached out and I spent a few days brainstorming with them. Ruth also pitched in and it was fun.

A few years later Ruth was running a Bouchercon in Baltimore and that’s the first time Judy and I did it together. I think for me it’s a total of f times including New Orleans. I’m also doing programming each year for Murder and Mayhem with my partners in crime, Ruth, Penny Halle and Erica Neubauer.

What has your time at Crimespree Magazine taught you about dealing with authors in general? 

I give everyone three strikes. One or two bad interactions don’t mean someone is a bad person, everyone has an off day. Three in a row, I’m out. 99.5 % of authors I have met are wonderful people, and I would take a bullet for some. The .5% I wouldn’t push over a cliff into water if they were on fire.

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Interrogation: Jay Stringer

JS2Who: Jay Stringer

What: He was born in 1980, and he’s not dead yet. He’s worked as a zoo keeper, a bookseller, a debt collector and a video editor. He writes crime, mystery and social fiction, and rides around Glasgow on a fixed-gear bike. His Eoin Miller trilogy is available from Thomas & Mercer, and WAYS TO DIE IN GLASGOW will be released on August 1st.

Where: Glasgow

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

I just read WAYS TO DIE IN GLASGOW and loved it. What was the inspiration for this story? 

What happened was, I spent a weekend in Seattle thanks to the hospitality of my publisher, and met a lot of fine, funny, and professional writers. I’d already written three books, each one had taken me around 9 months, and the writing had been a very moody, very angsty process. Talking to authors there, I got a kick in the ass about how much fun they seemed to have, and their work ethic. I went home and, in the space of around fifteen weeks, wrote this book. Grinning the whole time.

But the other aspect, the bit I learned later, was that I was itching to write about Glasgow. I’d been living here for 6 years by that point (almost 10 now) and I was finally starting to feel like I could do the city justice.

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