Muddy Mouth, a Mystery by C.A. Newsome

Muddy Mouth CoverAuthor and artist C.A. Newsome joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss the fifth book in her Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, MUDDY MOUTH.

Show Notes

We discuss Lia Anderson, the protagonist in Carol’s series, and the group of friends she’s met through the dog park.

This is an indie mystery, in which the story takes place in the indie mystery world. Indie author Lucas Cross disappears from a mystery conference in Austin, Texas, the group of women who manage his career hire Lia to find the missing author.

Starving Artist Cookbook CoverWe discuss the nature of Lia’s unique diet and whether or not Carol shares that diet. Carol has written a free cookbook for Lia fans, called THE STARVING ARTIST COOKBOOK, which is available for download. The cookbook features recipes that are fast, healthy and inexpensive with an emphasis on raw foods.

Carol’s dog Chewy joins us for a few seconds at around the 12:25 mark of the interview. You’ll find pictures of Chewy on the CANewsome website

Carol describes the “several things” she combined to create the story line for Muddy Mouth.

We spend some time talking about the craft of writing and some of what Carol has learned about writing novels over the past few years.

From the Publisher:

Newsome-GypsyNorthside’s Fourth of July parade is famous, and this year the dog park gang is training their fur-babies to participate while Lia builds a float promoting local best-selling author Lucas Cross.

When Lucas disappears at a book convention, the entire world is watching. Then attacks occur against the ladies of Fiber and Snark, the cat-rescuing knitting club that manages his career. Lia is the only one they can trust to discover the truth while protecting their secrets.

It’s the dog park gang to the rescue. But can Lia maintain her deepening relationship with Peter when she’s hiding something so important from him?

Links

Purchase MUDDY MOUTH at Amazon

Carol’s Website www.canewsome.com

Carol on Facebook

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Pegasus Down, by Philip Donlay

Pegasus Down CoverAuthor Philip Donlay joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the sixth in his Donovan Nash thriller series, PEGASUS DOWN.

Show Notes

We discuss what Philip calls the co-protagonists in the series, Donovan Nash, andDr. Lauren McKenna.

Philip shares the storyline of Pegasus Down, and we discuss his writing process, which involves a cabin in Montana and fly fishing.

Philip spent much of his working life as a Pilot and has traveled the world. He uses this experience to bring the exotic locations of his international thriller series to life.

From the Publisher:

philip-225A CIA-operated jet on a clandestine mission disappears in Eastern Europe.  No mayday, no wreckage, and no known survivors.  No way to know if the top-secret extraction of a key American scientist from Slovakia, or his liberator, Dr. Lauren McKenna, code name Pegasus, are dead or alive.

Donovan Nash’s precarious world is rocked when word reaches him that his wife, Lauren, is missing in Eastern Europe. Using his millions, and fueled by the fear of losing his wife, Donovan and company cut a swath through Austria and Hungary.  Desperate, Donovan leverages his lifelong secret to enlist an unlikely ally—one of his oldest friends—who may very well want him dead. As Donovan closes in on the truth, another, and more deadly, reality is revealed.  A ruthless terrorist group has acquired a stealth aircraft with the ability to deliver a nuclear device. They are poised to strike—but where?  What started as a rescue turns into a full-throttle aerial chase.  Will Donavan be able to rescue his wife, as well as prevent a nuclear catastrophe?

Links

Purchase PEGASUS DOWN at Amazon

Author’s Website www.philipdonlay.com

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A conversation with Joe Hart, the author of The Last Girl

We are delighted to welcome author Joe Hart to CrimeFiction.FM’s digital interview booth today.

The Last Girl CoverJoe’s new novel is THE LAST GIRL (Thomas & Mercer) in which a mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 to less than 1 percent. Governments around the world scramble to solve the problem, but twenty-five years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than a thousand women

THE LAST GIRL is told from the limited perspective of one fierce woman, and the author taps into the deep fears and struggles that we all share in this searing, explosive story.

We recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Joe to talk more about the book.

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CFFM: Tell us a little about THE LAST GIRL.

Joe Hart Author PhotoJoe: THE LAST GIRL is a thriller set in the near future after a mysterious epidemic causes the female birthrate to drop below one percent. The main character’s name is Zoey and we meet her about twenty-five years after the phenomena appeared. She’s been held in a research facility against her will and told that a plague had caused the lack of female births before becoming deadly to humans in general. But Zoey’s not so sure she believes her captors, and with a program where no women has ever returned from looming on the horizon, she decides she has to take action.

CFFM: THE LAST GIRL is the first in of a trilogy. How do you expect your characters to evolve over the course of your series?

Joe: I love all the characters, and there’s a lot of them in this trilogy. They all have their little quirks but over the course of the books they’re going to learn just how far they’re willing to go for one another. The world they’re in is a very dangerous place and sacrifices will have to be made to survive. Zoey especially will have quite the character arc since she is subjected to some pretty harsh circumstances.

CFFM: How do you go about researching the settings for your books, particularly when creating a futuristic setting as in THE LAST GIRL?

Joe: Many times I set the stories I write in places I’ve already visited or live near, but for The Last Girl I knew I wanted it set in the Pacific Northwest and I had never been there. So one of my best friends and I did a crazy two-day drive pretty much all the way across Washington state and back and got to really soak in the surroundings. As far as the futuristic aspects go I always try to keep those from getting too wild or out of hand. I like to have little differences or subtleties when creating some new technology or setting, basically a twist on what we have now. I think those types of things are the most believable because readers can envision them and not have to make a huge leap with the imagination.

CFFM: What’s the best advice you’ve received about writing?

Joe: That one’s easy. Blake Crouch told me once, “No more small ideas.” It’s definitely served me well so far.

“No more small ideas” – Blake Crouch

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

Joe: Haha, well I’ve been dabbling in making short films now for almost two years. I write and assist with production and one of my best friends directs. It’s absolutely grueling sometimes, even making a ten-minute film, but the outcome is so rewarding. Seeing a story come to life in a different medium is very gratifying.

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

Joe: The first crime story I ever remember reading was Dolan’s Cadillac by Stephen King. It’s definitely a revenge tale as well as crime but I remember it striking me as so different from anything I’d read before.

It was a working man’s revenge story, something only King could dream up and chilling in a way that made me read it again and again.

CFFM: What’s next for you?

Joe: I’m in the midst of writing the third book in the trilogy and after that I have an idea for a conspiracy thriller that has some supernatural elements in it. Very excited with the premise and the characters that are already chattering away in my head.

Joe Hart was born and raised in northern Minnesota, where he still resides today. He’s been writing horror and thriller fiction since he was nine years old. He is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, including the books The River Is Dark, Lineage, and The Waiting. When he’s not writing, Joe enjoys reading, working out, watching movies with his family, and spending time outdoors.

Links:

Website: www.joehartbooks.com

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Jump Cut, by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Jump Cut CoverAward Winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the long anticipated 5th in her Ellie Foreman Mystery series, JUMP CUT.

Show Notes

We discuss Libby’s reasons for bringing Ellie Foreman back after a ten-year hiatus.

The Ellie Foreman series was written in first person, and Libby wanted to move away, so she started a second series, but Ellie was always in her mind, which made it easy to decide to bring her back in JUMP CUT.

As a video producer, Ellie has seen a great deal of change in technology since the last book. We discuss some of those changes, and how they impact Ellie.

We discuss some of the issues raised in JUMP CUT, which include post-Edward Snowden type surveillance, hackers, drones, ex-CIA contractors and other spies who operate in today’s world.

From the Publisher:

LibbyHellmannA-199x300Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman has been absent from thriller author Libby Fischer Hellmann’s repertoire for almost a decade. Now, in Jump Cut, she’s back…and is soon entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear.

Hired to produce a candy-floss profile of Chicago-based aviation giant Delcroft, Ellie is dismayed when company VP Charlotte Hollander trashes the production and cancels the project. Ellie believes Hollander was spooked by shots of a specific man in the video footage. But when Ellie arranges to meet the man to find out why, he is killed by a subway train before they can talk. In the confusion, she finds a seemingly abandoned pack of cigarettes with a flash drive inside that belonged to the now-dead man.

Ellie gets the drive’s contents decrypted, but before long discovers she’s under surveillance. Suspecting Delcroft and the ambitious Hollander are behind it, she’s unconvinced when Hollander tells her the dead man was a Chinese spy. Ellie and her boyfriend, Luke, try to find answers, but they don’t realize how far they have ventured into the dangerous echelons of hidden power where more lives are on the line―including their own.

Links

Purchase JUMP CUT at Amazon

Author’s Website www.libbyhellmann.com

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3 the Hard Way, by Gary Phillips

3 the Hard Way CoverAuthor Gary Phillips joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his most recent work, a collection of hard-boiled novellas titled, 3 the Hard Way.

Notes from 3 the Hard Way Interview

We discuss each of the three novellas in the book: The Extractors, 10 Seconds to Death and The Anti Gravity Steal. Each features a different protagonist.

We discuss the character of Malcolm Cavanaugh Bleekston, AKA McBleak, a thief who works and lives among his victims. Gary shares some of his inspirations for McBleak.

10 Seconds to Death features Noc Brenner, an extreme athlete who just happens to be exceptionally good at nearly everything he tries. Gary describes Noc as a modern day riff on the great pulp characters of the 1930s.

We spend some time discussing the way Gary develops his characters, which includes the creation of a backstory, which in some instances is only hinted at in the stories.

In The Anti-Gravity Steal, we’re introduced to Luke Warfield, another richly developed character who was built along the lines of the vigilante characters made popular in the 1970s, though set in the modern era.

From the Publisher:

Gary photoMalcolm Cavanaugh Bleekston, MC Bleak, McBleak, enjoys hobnobbing with the one percenters and stealing from them. In The Extractors, he puts his life on the line to take a greedy man’s gain while wondering if his girlfriend sees through his façade.

Ned “Noc” Brenner is a drifter with an unusual skill set—he’s an extreme athlete good at whatever he does be it MMA fighting to riding a motorcycle off a mountaintop. After winning in an all-night poker game, this sets in motion a series of events in The Anti-Gravity Steal where Noc must use all his abilities to prevent wholesale destruction.

Part Shaft and part Batman sans the cowl, Luke Warfield, a philanthropist with a black ops background, the Essex Man, goes on the trail in 10 Seconds to Death of the villain who killed his foster father and uncovers not only ghosts from his past, but must stop a deadly plan of mass slaughter in his own backyard.

Bonus Essex Man short story, “Murder by Remote Control.”

Purchase 3 the Hard way at Amazon

Gary’s website www.gdphillips.com

 

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