A Soccer Playing Mom Who Solves Mysteries with Judith Arnold

Romance author Judith Arnold has given writing mysteries a try and she likes it so much that happily for readers like us she’s going to keep doing it.

Judith ArnoldI was going to use a line about kicking balls in the title of this episode but thought better of it. πŸ˜‰

Judith’s amateur sleuth, Lainey Lovett, is a middle-aged teacher, a widow, a mom, and a ball-kicking soccer player.

Literally.

She uses her soccer skills to remain a member of her beloved Rockettes team, and also to take down the bad guys in these cozy mysteries.

In the intro, I mention that It’s A Mystery Podcast will be on hiatus for a few weeks while I pick up my microphone and move across Canada, back to my home province of BC. I plan to be back with the show in early November. Until then please enjoy this interview with the lovely Judith Arnold.

And happy reading!

You can find out more about today’s guest, Judith Arnold, and all her books on her website JudithArnold.com. You can also find her on Twitter @Judith_Arnold.

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Call the Midwife to Solve the Mystery with Victoria Thompson

Edgar nominated mystery author Victoria Thompson has written twenty (!) books in her Gaslight Mystery series set at the end of the 19th century in New York City.

58 Victoria ThompsonThis is an author who knows her history! I was slightly intimidated to talk to Vicky, because I’m very new to the historical mystery genre. But she was a joy to chat with. You’ll hear us discuss, among other thing, the parallels between the historical period we both write in and the present era we’re all living in and experiencing today.

If you’re wanting to sink your teeth into a series that will provide you weeks of reading pleasure, you’ve come to the right podcast today. πŸ˜‰ And even better news, Vicky has a new mystery series that recently launched with City of Lies.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Victoria Thompson, and all her books on her website VictoriaThompson.com. You can also find her on Twitter @gaslightvt.

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Co-writing Police Procedurals with Frank Zafiro and Lawrence Kelter

Writing a book is hard enough. Writing one with someone you’ve never met? I would have said that was impossible, until I met Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafrio.

55 Frank Zafiro and Lawrence KelterTwo very experienced and prolific writers have come together to write a gritty, New York City police procedural that one fan says, “…has it all: a solid mystery, action, suspense, humor, sex appeal, gripping drama.”

You’ll hear me ask Frank and Larry how they managed to make this collaboration work, because collaborative creative projects are something that fascinate me. They mention that one key to their success for The Last Collar was worshiping at the alter of the creative project rather than bringing a lot of ego to the project. In other words, they always did what was right for the project itself.

I think you’ll enjoy hearing from these two lovely gentlemen about the book they’ve brought to life together. Luckily for their readers, they enjoyed working together so much that they’re doing it again! Stay tuned for the next Kelter / Zafrio collaboration in 2019.

Today we talk almost entirely about Larry and Frank’s co-written book, but both authors have other mysteries available. Below are the links to their websites where you’ll find more information about those books.

You can find out more about today’s guests, Frank Zafrio and Lawrence Kelter, and all their books on their websites FrankZafiro.com for Frank, and My-Cousin-Vinny.com for Lawrence. On Twitter, Frank is @Frank_Zafiro and Larry is @LarryKelter

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Minnesota Mysteries and Writing as a Form of Healing with Jessica Lourey

Jessica Lourey is my first guest who is a writer and a full-time writing teacher.

54 Jessica loureyIn this episode of the podcast we talk about her Murder by Month mysteries, and also about her non-fiction book, Rewrite Your Life, an amazing book, which I am currently pouring through.

I use writing every day to keep myself sane. I journal each morning, which helps me to work though some of my garbage, and it also sometimes helps me to know what I’m thinking. I wrote a memoir about ten years I spent in a cult in the 1990s, and writing that book was incredibly healing. And, of course, I also write fiction, which makes me happy, keeps me sane, and hopefully brings a little more light into the world.

If you have any interest in writing at all, I encourage you to listen to my chat with Jessica. We have a lovely time discussing writing, reading, healing and more.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Jessica Lourey, and all her books on her website JessicaLourey.com. You can also find her on Twitter @JessLourey.

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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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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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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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜‰

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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