Once upon a time, Trace Conger used to be a freelance writer. Nowadays, as an author, he enjoys crafting great works of fiction, doing some amateur woodworking and being a kickass dad. He is best known for his Mr. Finn series (featuring a P.I. who is anything but a goody-two-shoes) of which the first book, The Shadow Broker, won the 2015 Shamus Award for Best Indie P.I. Novel. Today we chat about why mr. Finn is not your typical hero, how Conger still enjoys the feel of paperbacks in his hands and the new paranormal mystery that he is working on.
When Lance Conrad isn't researching how to grow kumquats indoors or looking up the latest nuclear reactor designs, he writes riveting fantasy novels with a lot of heart. The first book in his Historian Tales series, The Price of Creation, is wildly popular and boasts a 5-star average on Amazon. Today, Conrad reveals to us how a dance with a pretty girl inspired him to write The Price of Creation, how he practises acupuncture on his friends and how he has to battle his own brain in order to produce his novels.
Meredith Allard fell in love with Charles Dickens' work when she was in college and after watching every Downton Abbey episode multiple times, she decided to create a work inspired by her favorite author and TV show. When it Rained at Hembry Castle is the perfect marriage between the humor and mystery of Dickens' work and the upstairs/downstairs world of the English aristocrats. As our author of the day, Allard tells us more about what made her want to write a book set in the Victorian era, how she makes her characters come to life and how Hembry Castle has been brewing in her mind for 20 years.
Having flown over many scenic locations as a private pilot, Miles A. Maxwell has a unique perspective of the world. Flights of his imagination took him to a post-apocalyptic New York after a nuclear bomb has been dropped on the city, where he started crafting an edge-of-the-seat mystery series. As our author of the day, Maxwell reveals how his State of Reason books took him 15 years to write, how much input his readers had and which actors he would like to see in the leads in a movie adaptation.
When Chris Karlsen explores the world around her, she likes to stop and imagine herself in the same place, but during a different time. Growing up with a history professor as a father, writing against a historical backdrop was a no-brainer to Karlsen.
Soraya Naomi enjoys stories with a lot of passion, a touch of danger and a dash of forbidden love. The books from her Chicago Syndicate series contain all of these elements and it is not surprising that the series has become wildly popular as a result. As our author of the day, Naomi chats with us about her characters, how she uses humor in her books and how she would like to have lunch with Stephen King.
Romance and suspense are the two cornerstones of author Jen Talty’s work and her book Two Weeks is no exception. It is the first in her NY State Trooper series and features seduction, stalking and plenty of intrigue.
Author Justin Sloan drew from his own military training to write his Falls of Redemption Fantasy books. When he is not working on the latest fantasy novel, he collaborates with other authors on stories for video games or screenplay adaptations of successful books.
Author Cary Allen Stone is fascinated with what makes criminals tick. In life, things are rarely black or white and readers of his award-winning Jake Roberts novels find themselves rooting for both the hero and anti-hero. Today, Stone reveals to us how an interview with a mother who murdered her six-year- old son made him want to tell his stories from a different perspective, why he doesn't write murder mysteries and how his job as a pilot influenced his writing.
When Marc Mulero isn't hard at work in the business force (or the Spock-side of this world, as he calls it), he indulges in flights of fantasy through his writing. His debut novel, Unearthed, is action-packed, intense and thought-provoking. As our author of the day, Mulero reveals how the main character Blague came to exist, how he defines the rules for his world and which actors he would like to see in Unearthed, should it ever get a movie adaptation.