Texas Lions, Florida History and College Inspiration with JC Gatlin


Podcast episode 19Have you ever met anyone who raised a lion cub? I hadn’t until I chatted with author JC Gatlin.

JC lives in Tampa, Florida now, but he grew up on a ranch in Texas, where he and his brothers raised an honest-to-goodness lion. I’ll let him tell the story. It’s fascinating.

Now JC is the author of three mystery novels, with a fourth to be released later in the summer of 2016. Today we discuss what inspires his writing, some of his writing practices, why he’s drawn to writing stand-alone mysteries and more.

You can find out more about JC and his books on his website JCGatlin.com. He’s also on Facebook.

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Transcript of Interview with JC Gatlin

Alexandra: Hi, mystery readers. I’m Alexandra Amor. This is “It’s a Mystery” podcast, and I’m here today with JC Gatlin. Hi, JC.

JC Gatlin: Hello.

Alexandra: How are you today?

JC Gatlin: I’m pretty good. How are you?

Alexandra: Yes, me too. Let me give our listeners a little bit of information about you.

JC GatlinJC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida. In addition to regular fishing trips, he wrote a monthly column for New Tampa Style Magazine, and then began penning several mystery/suspense stories. He also maintains a blog about the art of spinning a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat mystery yarn. Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC grew up in Grapevine, a small Texas town just outside of Dallas. He moved to Tampa in 1999, and most of his stories feature the rich landscape of Texas and Florida as a background.

So let’s begin maybe…well, actually I have a question that’s completely unrelated to mystery novels.

JC Gatlin: Go for it.

Alexandra: Can you tell me a little bit about Hakeem, the lion?

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