Debut Corner: R.W. Wallace and The Red Brick Cellars

THE RED BRICK CELLARS COVERIt’s always a pleasure to shine the CrimeFiction.FM spotlight on debut authors with interesting books, and that’s exactly what we’re doing today with R.W. Wallace and her atmospheric mystery, THE RED BRICK CELLARS.

The story, the first of her Tolosa Mystery series, takes place in Toulouse, France and brings readers deep into the heart of the city where two unlikely sleuths team up to solve the murder of a beloved politician.

Show Notes from R.W. Wallace Interview

R.W. Wallace, a.k.a. Ranveig, tells us about her hometown of Toulouse, France, which is the setting for THE RED BRICK CELLARS. It’s the fourth largest city in France, the home of a large student population and is within reasonable driving distance of the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Pyrenees mountains.

Ranveig is Norwegian, has lived much of her life in France and chose to write her book in English. We discuss why she made that decision and some of the challenges it presented. She says that whenever she thinks about books, her mind automatically switches to English.

We discuss the writing process for the book, which is Ranveig’s first novel. She took some online writing classes from David Farland, which helped her to overcome some of the story-related problems she’d encountered with earlier manuscripts.

Becoming a published author requires much more than just writing a good book. You need to build an author platform. Ranveig is an active user of the internet, but more as a reader than as an active participant.  We discuss what it’s been like to be put her thoughts and her work in public.

From the Publisher:

R.W. WallaceA murdered mayor. A second body reduced to skeleton and dust. The public display so horrific that the police are baffled.

Everyone assumes uninterested heir Louis Saint-Blancat will finally settle down and focus on the politics of Toulouse, France. Louis becomes the center of attention in the press while his mother and sister pressure him to follow the family’s political tradition when all he wants is to track down his father’s killer, then return to his globe-trotting lifestyle.

Determined to ferret out the story behind the perplexing assassination that took place at the very center of Toulouse to advance her career, struggling English journalist Catherine Marty finds an unlikely ally in Louis.

Will the two sleuths discover what is lurking beneath the apparent congeniality of la Ville Rose?


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Laurence Shames Takes Us to Key West for Sno-Cones

Key West Luck CoverIt’s a treat for me to have New York Times bestselling author Laurence Shames as our guest in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the eleventh in his wildly entertaining Key West Capers series,  KEY WEST LUCK.

We also spend time chatting about some of the other books in the series and wrap up by attempting to clear up the mystery of Larry’s dozen year “ghost” period.

I’ve been a fan of this funny, character driven quasi-series since the mid-1990s. It’s not a series in the traditional sense of a mystery series, but there are returning characters and a setting that readers are anxious to revisit to as each new book is released.

Notes from the Laurence Shames Interview

  • Florida Straits CoverWe discuss the Key West Caper series from Laurence Shames, which began with FLORIDA STRAITS in 1992.
  • We consider the elements that make these books a series that readers can enjoy in any order they please.
  • Larry lived in Key West during the 1990s and uses a “romanticized, funkified” version of his days in Key West as the setting for the series.
  • We discuss the importance of characters in the books of Laurence Shames and he shares the story of the two leads in KEY WEST LUCK.
  • The series had a decade-plus hiatus that ended in 2013 with the publication of SHOT ON LOCATION, the 9th book in the series. Larry explains why and what brought him back to the series.

From the Publisher:

Laurence Shames Author PhotoSometimes small dreams are the ones most worth fighting for…

Phoebe has a dream—a very modest dream. She wants to own a Sno-Cone truck at the beach in Key West. Nicky, her would-be boyfriend, also dreams small. All he wants is a decent gig as a guitar player in a bar.

Doesn’t seem like too much to ask of life, does it?

So why do things keep going so dreadfully wrong for Phoebe and Nicky? Is it just plain bad luck? Or is it the decidedly bad intentions of a sleazy local cheat, a Miami gangster desperate to stay in business, and a murderous Cuban smuggler looking for a fall guy?

Against these enemies, and with only a pair of mangrove-dwelling philosophers and an ancient Mafioso as allies, Phoebe and Nicky will need more than a major shift in fortune to keep their hopes, and themselves, alive. They’ll need a kind of smarts and courage they never knew they had.

Lush with Florida atmosphere, deftly balancing suspense and comedy, romance and mayhem, KEY WEST LUCK will leave you cheering for the exploits of its unlikely heroes.


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Haunting Investigation, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Haunting InvestiationAward-winning author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro joins us to discuss her latest book, the first in her Chesterton Holte mystery series, HAUNTING INVESTIGATION.

Show Notes

Quinn shares the story of HAUNTING INVESTIGATION which features two primary characters, one of whom, Chesterton Holte, is a bit unusual for a mystery series.

We discuss Quinn’s writing career which has spanned 48 years and 94 novels. Quinn writes in multiple genres which include mystery, horror, western, young adult and science fiction. She shares her reasons for writing in these different genres.

Quinn spent time as a tarot card reader at the Magic Celler in San Francisco. She explains what tarot cards are and shares a very funny story that winds up an Irish Coffee poured over her head.

Links for Quinn’s website, Facebook page and her Publisher’s website can be found at the bottom of the post.

For those who prefer to read rather than listen the full text of the interview is below:

Interview with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of Haunting Investigation

Quinn Yarbro FB PhotoStephen: Welcome back to CrimeFiction.FM, where we bring the authors of today’s best books directly to you. I’m your host, Stephen Campbell and I’m here with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, the author of “Haunting Investigation,” which was released very late last month. Quinn, welcome.

Quinn: Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be with you, especially considering I just finished, literally this morning, the second book in the series.

Stephen: Ah. Well, how exciting. Well, first we want to talk about the first book in the series. What’s with this very unusual release date of December 31?

Quinn: You’d have to talk to Paul, who’s the publisher. I just figure publishers know what they’re doing. I’m assuming there is some good marketing reason for it because he’s a very clever fellow.

Stephen: Well, it does sort of make sense as a New Year’s Eve book. But first, we’ll talk in general about the book, then get into the two primary characters in the book, one of whom is a little bit unusual for a mystery.

Quinn: Yes. Yes, he is. Isn’t he? Not your average, everyday sidekick.

Stephen: No, he’s not. But the book takes place in the early 1920s, so it’s a… (more…)

A conversation with Alan Osi, the author of A Hunter’s Moon

A Hunter's Moon CoverWe are pleased to welcome author Alan Osi to CrimeFiction.FM’s digital interview booth today.

Alan’s latest novel is the edge-of-your-seat thriller, Movement #1: A HUNTER’S MOON, (Cleveland Writers Press, December 31, 2015).

The first volume of The Moondust Sonatas takes readers on a wild ride through the underside of the city, the birth of a remarkable new drug, and an impending drug war— while raising provocative questions about spirituality and what we’re really craving.

We recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Alan to chat more about HUNTER’S MOON and The Moondust Sonatas series. Then we got into a discussion of the life experiences Alan brings to his work as an author.

Interview with Alan Osi

CFFM: Hi Alan, thanks for being here today.  Can you please us a little about A HUNTER’S MOON?

Alan: New on the streets of New York is a drug that lets you see god; but only the first time it’s taken. After that, it makes the user a passenger in the mind of another person, but only for a moment.

Some want to sell it, some want to study it. Some want to control it, some want to suppress it. And then there are those who want to tell the world about it…

When all these factions come face to face, battling over a substance that could rock society to it’s core, they set off a chain of events destined to shape the world to come.

CFFM:  Can you give us a one to two sentence summary of your book?

Alan Osi PhotoAlan: A drug that lets you see god; who will control it’s fate, or can it even be controlled? Percival, a Brooklyn DJ, caught in the middle of an escalating fight over control of the Moondust phenomenon, makes a desperate move to settle the matter once and for all.

How much of your own personal or professional experience did you include in the book?

Alan: As a writer, I find I’m both field and farmer, hoping to grow a story. It may sound silly, but it’s really true! Everything I’ve ever experienced is the soil, and it all comes into the novel directly or indirectly. I lived in Brooklyn for a moment, and used a lot of that experience in writing the book.

CFFM: What Hobbies do you have that might surprise your readers?

Alan: You wouldn’t think it to look at me perhaps, but I love to compose songs of the singer/songwriter genre.

CFFM: What’s the first crime story you remember reading and what was your reaction to that story?

Alan: Well it would have been one of Robert B. Parker’s Spencer series, although I couldn’t tell you which one. My mom was a big fan, and I loved the TV series as a kid, especially Hawk. I loved the books even more. I lived in a small-ish town in the greater Boston area, where the series is set, so they felt so real to me, like I could meet the characters on the street. Not that you’d want to.

As someone who loved the Spenser series as well, but who didn’t live anywhere near Boston, those stories helped to make the city real for me, but I completely agree, I wouldn’t have wanted to meet most of the characters on the street.  Now that Movement 1 in your Moondust Sonatas series has been published, what’s next?  

Alan: I’m working on Movement 2 of the Moondust Sonatas, and I love how it’s looking. We’re going to take a journey…

About the Author, Alan Osi

Alan Osi came to Cleveland from Arlington MA. The son of civil rights activists, Osi developed an eye for spotting social tension and crafting compelling essays through storytelling from an early age.

Osi brings vivid images and characters to life through the lens of the new Black American experience. His insights into what makes people tick, our yearnings to know the unknowable, keeps readers turning the pages, while missing their train stations, and bus stops.

A product of Morehouse College and American University in Washington DC, Osi has written for several papers and e-zines prior to signing a multi-book deal with Cleveland Writers Press for The Moondust Sonatas.


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Silent City, by Carrie Smith

51jFQND9L3LAuthor Carrie Smith joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the first in her Claire Codella Mystery series, SILENT CITY.

Show Notes

Carrie describes her protagonist, Claire Codella, a New York city police detective who is just starting back to work after a battle with cancer.

We discuss the storyline for the book, which is propelled by the high-profile murder of a maverick public school principal.

Carrie has been published before, but this is her first mystery. We discuss her publishing history and the reason she decided on a mystery series for the second phase of her writing career.

Carrie describes the changes she’s seen in publishing and promoting books between her first book, what she experienced with SILENT CITY, 30 years later.

We discuss the branding for Silent City, for Carrie’s website, and for her as an author.

From the Publisher:

81jeNN1j5wL._UX250_NYPD Detective Claire Codella has just won a tough battle with cancer. Now she has to regain her rightful place on the force. she hasn’t even been back a day when Hector Sanchez, a maverick public school principal, is found murdered. The school is on high alert. The media is howling for answers. And Codella catches the high-profile case at the worst possible time.

As she races to track down the killer, she uncovers dirty politics, questionable contracts, and dark secrets. Each discovery she makes brings her closer to the truth, but the truth may cost Codella her life.

Silent City, Carrie Smith’s explosive debut, will introduce readers to a brilliant new voice in crime fiction that will grab them and not let go until the very last page and a fearless heroine who they will enjoy for years to come.


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Dig Two Graves, by Kim Powers

51x-ObAVZKLAward-winning author Kim Powers joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, his first work of crime fiction, DIG TWO GRAVES.

Show Notes

Kim describes his protagonist, Ethan Holt, an Olympic champion, college professor and father who is raising a 12-year-old daughter named Skip.

We discuss the storyline for DIG TWO GRAVES, in which Skip is kidnapped, not for money, but for something else entirely. It’s that something else that drives the rest of the book.

We discuss the fun and the challenges of translating the Twelve Labors of Hercules to modern times.

Kim started his writing career as a screenwriter. We discuss how that work helped him with his non-screenplay writing projects.  DIG TWO GRAVES was originally crafted as a screenplay that Kim developed into a novel.

From the Publisher:

kim-225In his twenties, Ethan Holt won the decathlon at the Olympics and was jokingly nicknamed “Hercules”; now, in his late thirties, he’s returned to his ivy-covered alma mater to teach, and to raise his young daughter Skip as a single father.

After a hushed-up scandal over his Olympics win and the death of his wife in a car accident five years ago, Ethan wants nothing more than to forget his past. Skip is not only the light of Ethan’s life–she is his life. Then, Skip is kidnapped.

A series of bizarre ransom demands start coming in that stretch Ethan’s athletic prowess to its limits, and he realizes with growing horror that they are modern versions of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, demanded in tricky, rhyming clues by someone who seems to have followed every step of Ethan’s career.


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