Louisiana Legal Thrillers with Global Themes with Michael H. Rubin

Not every author can combine history, mystery and legal issues in one book.

Michael H. Rubin, and his co-author Ayan Rubin, accomplish just that with their Bayou Thrillers set in the historical melting pot of South Louisiana.

Michael and I discuss how he and his wife manage to share the task of writing compelling, page-turning legal thrillers, which seems to include no small number of very early morning walks.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Michael H. Rubin, and all his books on his website MRubinBooks.com. You can also find him on Twitter @MichaelHRubin.

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Solving Mysteries and Dodging Bullets Way Off Broadway with Cindy Brown

Cozy mystery author Cindy Brown is slightly silly, but also very serious about writing stories that matter to her.

50 Cindy BrownIn this wide-ranging interview, Cindy mentions some great writing advice she got from a Star Wars screenwriter and how that has informed her Ivy Meadows mysteries.

She also shares some fascinating facts about Annie Oakley. When Cindy was researching her latest book, Ivy Get Your Gun, she discovered that Annie was not only a cracker-jack shot, she was a determined and brave business-woman who was reportedly kind and generous despite her fame in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This reminded me of how much fun it is for writers like Cindy (and me) to weave real life events, people and places into our fictional stories. And of course, we sincerely hope it is as much fun for our readers when they get our books in their hands!

You can find out more about today’s guest, Cindy Brown, and all her books on her website CindyBrownWriter.com. You can also find her on Twitter @friendlybrown.

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A TV Journalist Who’s Trying to Avoid Being Caught Dead in Wyoming with Patricia McLinn

Former newspaper editor and multi-genre author Patricia McLinn lets the muses guide her when she writes her books.

49 Patricia McLinnI confess that as a writer I don’t have nearly as much confidence as today’s podcast guest, Patricia McLinn. This interview was fascinating for me because Patricia shares a bit about her writing process, which does not involve outlines and planning – even when she’s writing mysteries!

Patricia also writes romance, but today we’re focused on her Caught Dead In Wyoming series. Book 6 in the series, Back Story, will be published in October 2017, and in the meantime you can start at the beginning of journalist, and amateur sleuth, Elizabeth Danniher’s story with Sign Off, which is free in ebook form right now.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Patricia McLinn, and all her books on her website PatriciaMcLinn.com. You can also find her on Twitter @PatriciaMcLinn.

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Cozy Mystery Antique Hunters and a Witch Lost in Time with Vicki Vass

Have you ever wondered if your favorite characters from books were based on real people?

Podcast with Vicki VassToday author Vicki Vass answers that question for us. Her Antique Hunters cozy mystery protagonists are based on two of her close friends. Now these are ladies I’d love to meet.

Vicki and I also spend time talking about her latest mystery, Bloodline, a book that cozy mystery reviewer Karen Owen named the best mystery she’s read so far in 2017.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Vicki Vass, and all her books on her website VickiVass.com. You can also find her on Facebook at VickiVassAuthor.

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A Feisty Scottish Detective Inspector and YA Mysteries with Wendy H. Jones

While author Wendy H. Jones’ Dundee, Scotland based police procedurals are grounded in the present, she’s not afraid to mix in a little fantasy and magic in her Young Adult mysteries.

Wendy H JonesWendy has a lot on her plate; she’s written six books in the DI Shona McKenzie series (five published so far with the sixth coming out in August 2017). Now she’s added a young adult series to her repertoire. AND she’s organizing a writing and reading festival at Glamis Castle in Scotland.

We talk about all of this today, and below you’ll find links to everything, including the book festival.

Keep your eyes on Wendy H Jones! She’s clearly a lass to be reckoned with. 😉

You can find out more about today’s guest, Wendy H Jones, and all her books on her website WendyHJones.com. You can also find her on Twitter @WendyHJones.

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Thriller Inspiration from Dick Francis with Sasscer Hill

Author and former jockey Sasscer Hill has been inspired by both her literary heroes and her real life when it comes to writing her horse racing thrillers.

Sasscer HillAnyone who knows me well knows what a loon I am about the late author Dick Francis. He was a champion jockey in the UK, who rode for the Queen Mother among others, before he became a bestselling author.

My guest today, Sasscer Hill, shies away from comparisons to Francis, but I suspect her horse racing novels might appeal to Dick Francis fans among my listeners. Sasscer endeared herself to me by not only citing Francis during our interview, but also two of my other favorite authors; Robert B. Parker and Walter Farley. Our conversation felt like a match made in heaven. 😉

Peter Bartram trilogyIn other mystery novel news, It’s a Mystery Podcast guest Peter Bartram (episode #27) has a new trilogy of books out this month in his Colin Crampton 1960s journalism series. You can learn more about the Morning, Noon, and Night trilogy at ColinCrampton.com.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Sasscer Hill, and all her books on her website SasscerHill.com. You can also find her on Twitter @SasscerHill.

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An RCMP Officer Who Comes From Away With Mike Martin

How many mysteries do you know of that are set in Canada’s easternmost province?

Mike MartinChatting with Mike Martin during this interview made me appreciate how vast and varied Canada is. Mike writes about an Alberta Cree man who now lives in Newfoundland, while I write about characters at the extreme opposite end of our huge country.

Where we’re from and where we end up can often be two very different places. Mike and I touch on the idea that outsiders in a small community can have a perspective that longtime residents might not have. This can be essential sometimes for a mystery author’s sleuth 😉

I am personally always intrigued by how the places in a novel inform the stories and affect the characters. Mike’s protagonist, Sgt. Windflower, has the unique experience of being from rural Northern Alberta. But he seems to have become quiet attached to the small Newfoundland community he finds himself in.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Mike Martin, and all his books on his website SgtWindflowerMysteries.com. You can also find him on Twitter @mike54martin .

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Globetrotting Spy Thrillers with Alan Petersen

Thriller author, and podcast host, Alan Petersen puts the writing adage, ‘Write what you know’ to good use in his Pete Maddox series.

Alan PetersenAs you’ll hear, Alan was born in Costa Rica and grew up in South America. He’s making the most of that experience by setting his first couple of fast-paced spy thrillers in that part of the world.

But he doesn’t stop there and you’ll hear us chat about the varied locations he’s now introducing into his books and how he goes about researching locations he’s never been to. Not to mention the CIA!

If you like your mysteries a bit more on the thriller end of the spectrum (think James Bond or Jason Bourne) then you’ll love Alan’s books. He’s got two available now and the third one will be published very soon.

Also, if you like thrillers, check out Alan’s podcast, Meet the Thriller Author. It’s another great source for readers looking for new books to read and authors to follow. 😉

You can find out more about today’s guest, Alan Petersen, and all his books on his website AlanPetersen.com. You can also find him on Twitter @AlanPetersen.

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Writing Mysteries from the Heart and Finding Humour in the Challenges of Aging with Julie Seedorf

When we think of amateur sleuths from cozy mysteries we might not always think about someone named Granny.

Julie SeedorfAuthor Julie Seedorf writes two different mystery series, and today she’s here to talk to me about her Fuchsia, Minnesota series featuring her feisty and independent heroine, Granny. In my experience, as readers we all love characters who live a little outside normal. Granny certainly fits that bill.

Julie’s books are witty and whimsical, and it goes without saying that Granny is full of spunk. But Julie does not shy away from touching on the serious issues that confront us as we age. And as she points out in this interview, she does so with a light touch to shine a light on issues like memory loss.

Julie is also clearly someone who does everything from a deeply heartfelt place. A very recent example is the GoFundMe page she started for mystery blogger and reviewer Lisa K. You can click here to read Lisa’s story at Julie’s blog. Almost daily I tweet links to Lisa’s cozy mystery book reviews – her site is a great source for finding new books and authors to read. I was honoured to be able to contribute a few weeks ago to the fund Julie started to help Lisa and her sister.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Julie Seedorf, and all her books on her website JulieSeedorf.com. You can also find her on Twitter @JulieSeedorf.

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Edinburgh Bookshops, Cooking School Mysteries, and Ghostly Inspiration with Paige Shelton

Good news for cozy mystery fans! Prolific author Paige Shelton still has lots of stories up her sleeves.

Paige Shelton ep 42Paige is the author of four cozy mystery series (so far); The Farmer’s Market series, the Cooking School mysteries, the Scottish Bookshop mysteries, and the Dangerous Type mysteries.

Today we chat about all of these books, as well as her book research trip to Scotland (only slightly postponed after a passport mishap. Also, no Jamie Fraser sightings, which is too bad. 🙂 ), how she writes multiple series at one time, and the special day a ghost came into Paige’s writing space and helped her out with a book idea.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Paige Shelton, and all her books on her website PaigeShelton.com. You can also find her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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