Thanks For One Hell Of A Year


As the year comes to an end, I wanted to thank all of you awesome people for supporting my debut mystery novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION. It’s a dream come true to publish a book, but nobody would have heard about it if it wasn’t for the feedback, support and encouragement of the greater crime/mystery universe that I am lucky enough to roam.

And thanks to my partners over at Rare Bird Books, and my editor Elaine Ash. Looking forward to bringing a second Greg Salem novel into the world in 2016 with your help. But not until Down & Out Books publishes my novella, CROSSWISE, in March.

Thanks for one hell of a year! Looking forward to another great one in 2016.


I also published 52 interviews on this blog in 2015. That’s a new Q&A every Monday for an entire year. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to participate.

I have learned a lot about writing, publishing and marketing by connecting with such talented people. I can’t wait to continue reading your short stories and books, following your blogs and listening to your podcasts in 2016.

Here is a small collection of awesome quotes from those interviews in 2015:









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 March 2016.

Recommended Reading 2015


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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  • CANARY by Duane Swierczynski
  • CONTENDERS by Erika Krouse
  • STRANGE SHORES by Arnaldur Indridason
  • 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

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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

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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.

Great Advice From Awesome Authors

I have been very lucky to interview some awesome authors and publishers over the last year. From short story masters to award-winning novelists, and everything in between, they all have great advice and words of encouragement for new and emerging writers.

Here is a collection of recent quotes along with links to the full interviews. Take a look and see if there is something here for you. If you like what they have to say, please make sure to check out some of their published works. And don’t be afraid to share their advice—these authors deserve to be discovered by even more readers and writers.


Read the Rob Hart interview HERE.


Read the Sarah M. Chen interview HERE.
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Interrogation: Scott Adlerberg

Scott Adlerberg PhotoWho: Scott Adlerberg

What: Scott Adlerberg grew up in the Bronx and a wooded suburb just outside New York City. His debut novel was the Martinique-set crime novel SPIDERS AND FLIES. His short fiction has appeared in THUGLIT, ALL DUE RESPECT, and SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE. Each summer, he hosts the Word for Word Reel Talks film commentary series in Manhattan. In 2014, his novella JUNGLE HORSES was released by Broken River Books. It’s his second longer work that has to do with the Caribbean, a place where he spent a good bit of time.

Where: Brooklyn

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

I just read your novella JUNGLE HORSES and was really blown away by the mix of Noir and Magical Realism. How did you come up with the idea for this story?

Well, I’ve often found that the best story ideas come from linking two unrelated ideas you have kicking around in your head. They could be ideas that came to you weeks, months, even years part. You make a JungleHorsesconnection between these different ideas, and you may just have the seed for an intriguing tale.

JUNGLE HORSES developed like this. It began as a story about a guy in London who’s addicted to horse race gambling. I knew how it would start and where it would go up to a point. He’s middle-aged, this guy, tired, not much energy in him, and his best friend is his wife’s lover. He sees his life change because of his betting fortunes. But the change doesn’t happen as he’d hoped or expected. Then what would happen? I wasn’t sure. But at some point something clicked in my head and I thought of another story idea I had. This one had to do with a sinister island in the Caribbean. Certain weird phenomena were happening there. Would it be possible to send my struggling London guy to this island for the second part of the story? If so, what would make him take this trip? Why would he go there? I had to think about that for awhile and eventually I came up with an answer. I found a reason to send him to the tropical island. So the second part of the story would unfold there, far from the guy’s familiar surroundings. And he would have to deal with very different horses there, not racing thoroughbreds like he bet on in London. They’d be a mysterious breed and would impact on him in a big way.

But, yeah, the London part of the story was realistic and the island part, as I imagined it, fantastic. What to do about that? I decided “blend them”, just go with it, especially because the fantastical part would and could happen in the new environment. It’s an island, self-contained, and what happens there transforms his character.

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