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.
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 needed 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.