Who: Scott Montgomery
What: Crime fiction coordinator of MysteryPeople, the mystery bookstore within Austin’s BookPeople, and founder, co-editor, and contributor of the MysteryPeople blog. He is the author of several short stories published in webzines such as The Big Adios and Shotgun Honey, and the anthology MURDER ON WHEELS.
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
What does the role of Crime Fiction Coordinator for BookPeople entail? What’s the biggest misconception about what you do?
It’s sort of jack of all trades when dealing with crime fiction. I assist the buyer in finding what I think are the best books to stock in our mystery bookstore within a bookstore, MysteryPeople. I also help our marketing department get authors for events, oversee our MysteryPeople blog and contribute content, deal with direct sales from independent presses, work with self-published authors, and simply sell books out of the section. The biggest misconception is that I wield any kind of power in publishing.