Multiple mystery series and writing strong female characters with John Mefford


Podcast episode 6 (1)Today I talk to John Mefford who has written three mystery thriller series; the Booker series, the Greed series and the brand new FBI agent Alex Troutt series.

John shares how he has been influenced all his life by strong women and how he built this latest series around a flawed but strong female character, who is on a journey to understand herself better. John is a prolific author who plans to write and release six books in his new Alex Troutt series this year alone.

You can find John at, where the first books in both the Greed and Booker series are available for free. John is also on Facebook. And Twitter.

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A quick programming note as well; It’s a Mystery Podcast is now available on iTunes, so you can subscribe to it there. And you can also listen to it on Stitcher, if that’s your preferred podcast site.

You can also click here to watch the interview on YouTube.

Transcript of Interview with John Mefford

Alexandra: Hi everyone, this is the It’s a Mystery podcast, and I’m here today with John Mefford. Hi John.

John: How you doing, Alexandra?

Alexandra: I’m good. How are you?

John: Very good. Thanks for having me.

John MeffordAlexandra: Oh, you’re so welcome. I’m happy to have you here. I’m going to give everybody a little bit of an introduction about you. Throughout his four decade writing career best-selling author, John Mefford, has written about storks, a story about his mother and her dog, every sport imaginable, and, here in the last few years, mystery thrillers. He much prefers writing mystery thrillers.

He’s published 11 novels across three series and in January 2015 released the first book in his new Alex Troutt series titled “At Bay”.

We’re going to talk about Alex Troutt a bit here today. I thought we could start out, maybe, you could tell us a bit about your other two series, though, because they’re both mystery thrillers as well, correct?

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Ghost Detectives and North Carolina History with Stuart Jaffe

Ghost Detectives and North Carolina History with Stuart Jaffe


One of my favorite things about the world of indie publishing is that authors can blend genres in ways that create books that are fresh and unique. My guest today, Stuart Jaffe, has done that with his paranormal mystery series set in North Carolina, featuring a ghost detective from the 1940s who makes himself known, and begins to work with, a detective in the present day.

Podcast episode 4Stuart shares two amazing true stories that went on to inspire some of the events in his Max Porter Mysteries. It’s such a cliche to say truth is stranger than fiction, but Stuart has some excellent examples that prove the reason that saying exists.

You can find Stuart and his books on
And on Twitter @StuartJaffe.
And on Facebook.

Press play (above) to listen to the show, or read the transcript below. Remember you can also subscribe to the show on iTunes. And listen on Stitcher.

You can also click here to watch the interview on YouTube.


Transcription of Interview with Stuart Jaffe

Alexandra: Hi, everyone. I’m Alexandra Amor. And I’m here today with Stuart Jaffe. Hi, Stuart!

Stuart: Hi, Alexandra.

Alexandra: How are you?

Stuart: Thanks for having me. I’m doing fine. How are you?

Alexandra: I’m great. You’re so welcome. I’m so happy that you’re here. So just by way of introduction, I’ll let everyone know. Am I pronouncing your name, your last name correctly?

Stuart: It’s Jaffe.

Alexandra: Jaffe, okay, perfect. Stuart Jaffe is the author of the Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries, The Malja Chronicles, The Gillian Boone novels, the Bluesman series, Real Magic, After the Crash, and much more. You’re a prolific guy, Stuart. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He was the co-host of the eclectic review podcast. And for those who keep count, the latest animal listening on his rural farm in North Carolina is as follows, one dog, four cats, one albino corn snake, three aquatic turtles, seven chickens, and a horse. But Stuart says that, thankfully, the chickens and the horse do not live inside the house. And so your black tarantula must have died. Is that right?

StuartJaffeStuart: Yeah, that was a old, old tarantula. It outlived most tarantulas. And we didn’t actually know…I don’t know if you know much about tarantulas. But most spiders, they shed their skin.

Alexandra: Right.

Stuart: And so they do it by…they lay on their back, and then they crawl out of it.

Alexandra: Oh, okay.

Stuart: So when they first start to shed, you think they’re dead because they’re on their back. So it took us about a couple days to realize, “Oh, that’s it.”

Alexandra: Oh no!

Stuart: But yeah, we lost that. We had bunnies. We’ve had other animals. We’re trying to reduce a little bit but I never win that argument.

Alexandra: No, I bet you don’t.

I’m really interested in the Max Porter Paranormal-Mysteries. That’s the thing that really piqued my interest. And since this is a show about mystery novels, I thought that would be a great fit. And the thing that intrigues me about them so much is that they combine several genres. So “paranormal mystery noir,” someone mentioned in one of your reviews. So tell us a little bit about what that’s like for you to combine those genres.

Stuart: A lot of fun.

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