Looking for a Killer Thriller Series? Come in for a chat with author, Syd Parker

Author Syd Parker interviewed by Jon Michaelsen;

Syd, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. 

Let’s start off with, where do you live?

Thank you, Jon. I live with my partner of eight years in the very red state of Indiana, just north of Indianapolis.

As you probably know, writers rarely like to toot their own horns, but what would you say is your greatest accomplishment? 

I am incredibly timid, so for me, it was taking the rejections I received from traditional publishing houses for my first few manuscripts and using those as a platform to self-publish. I knew putting my work out there would open me up to reviews, good and bad, and that was a big hurdle for me to overcome. For me personally, being a #1 bestseller in my genre was validation for all my hard work.

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Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

Not at all, I tell people all the time, there are very few questions I won’t answer. I live with my partner, Sarah. We love to spend time cycling, hiking and hitting the golf course. We both dabble in cooking which means we have to stay pretty active. We have one son and a ton of nieces and nephews. No pets, but only because we are running all the time and neither one of us wanted to leave them home alone. We enjoy gardening in the spare time we have left. For the most part, we are pretty normal and boring.

Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines in detail?

I generally have the basic plot in my head, but where and how I get to that point is never set in stone. I have tried putting together an outline, but I always stray from that, so for me it’s easier to have a goal and take whatever turns the story goes through on my way there, rather than tying myself down to a specific outline.

Have had you ever had to deal with homophobia after your lesbian novels are released, and if so, what forms has it taken?

Fortunately, I haven’t experienced it with regard to publishing my novels. I have been pretty lucky in that everyone who knows the genre that I write has been respectful of it, even if they won’t read my books. It makes it easier to put out a lesbian story knowing that I don’t have to hide it from anyone.

Can you share what inspires and challenges you most in your writing? 

I think for me it’s the challenge of putting out a novel that pulls the reader into my world. I want them to feel the ache that I do, or shiver with fear when they get a glimpse into the killer’s mind. I have to put myself into each character’s head and live the story through their eyes. Sometimes, I might take it a bit too far as it takes me several days after finishing one of the Gray Foxx thrillers to come out of my dark place. Sarah always tells me I scare her during those times.

You have a killer thriller (literally!) series known to fans as the Gray Foxx Thrillers, featuring Detective Rebecca Foxx and FBI Special Agent Jordan Gray. What inspired you to conceive these characters and do either resemble someone you know personally? 

killinggroundThe plot for the first book literally came to me in a dream, so when I went to write the story, I already had an idea that I wanted two female leads. I wanted them to be strong, but still have a vulnerability that made them likeable. For Rebecca Foxx, someone pointed out that I hadn’t had a main character with red hair in any of my stories. I decided that Rebecca would work perfectly as a red head, as she has a fiery temper. Jordan is more laid back, but has a tendency to doubt herself. I can’t say that they remind me specifically of anyone, like a lot of my romance characters do, but I think there are personality quirks in each of them that I’ve pulled from numerous people.

Do you research for your novels? If so, how do you go about your research?

I will generally do my research as I’m writing a particular scene. For instance, in the Gray Foxx series, as I was writing details about the police department or the FBI, I would do internet searches on both and gather as much information about both branches of law enforcement. When I do a murder scene, I will research the body to see if the idea that I have is plausible. A lot of the other research regards places in the city, details regarding certain events that have happened, things like that. I also have several people with expertise in certain areas available to me. They have been kind enough to let me pick their brain in the process. Fortunately, in this day and age, there is a wealth of information out there and it makes research so much easier.         

Which living actor would you cast to portray your lesbian detective, Rebecca Foxx and FBI Special Agent, Jordan Gray and why?

It’s funny you ask that. I sat down after I started Sin No More and looked up hundreds of actresses till I found the ones I thought fit them the best. For Rebecca, I chose Poppy Montgomery from the show Unforgettable. Everything from her red hair to her black leather jacket fit the picture I have of Rebecca. For Jordan, I would love British actress Heather Peace to play her. It helped to have their faces in my head as I was writing because I could picture the scene so much easier.

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Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

I am finishing up a romance that actually plays off of the story in Someone Like You, and then I am diving into the next book in the Gray Foxx series. The title is Chase the Devil. Some of the back stories in Sin No More will come into play in this book, as well as a brand new string of murders to solve.

On behalf of the Facebook Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Group, thank you for giving us a little of your time today, answering questions fans of the genre want to know.

Thank you, Jon. I really appreciate you including me in a group of such talented writers, and for letting me talk about myself and my writing. It’s been a pleasure!

Find Syd Parker on the web: www.sydparkerbooks.com

Join me while I Chat with British Author of Gay Romantic Mysteries, JL Merrow

JL Merrow, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. 

Thank you for having me here, Jon! 🙂

Let’s start off with, where do you live?

I come from a little town you’ve probably never heard of… 😉 Actually, not so much a little town as a largish village in Hertfordshire, which is far enough out of London to feel like the countryside, while nevertheless being close enough for all the good stuff. J

As you probably know, writers rarely like to toot their own horns…lol, but what would you say is your greatest accomplishment? 

Oh, Lord… I’m not just a writer, I’m British as well, so this sort of thing is like pulling my own teeth! I guess what makes me proudest of what I’ve achieved is when I get an email from a reader telling me my book really spoke to them, and really resonated with their own life.

Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

In a word: cluttered! I’d like to blame the general air of untidiness on my two teenage kids, but to be honest, I’m just as bad. 😉

 

Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines in detail?

I’m a natural pantser. The trouble with writing mysteries, though, is that a certain amount of plot seems to be unavoidable! I generally compromise by assembling my cast of suspects at the start and making sure I have a handle on their motivations – then just letting the muse carry me where she will.

Have had you ever had to deal with homophobia after your gay novels are released, and if so, what form(s) has it taken?

For me, the most insidious has been the automatic assumption that gay characters mean gay porn. There was a member of my writers’ circle (now departed, although not dearly!) who used to delight in telling everyone I wrote “filth”, while not batting an eyelash at other members including (straight) sex scenes in their books. Generally, though, reactions have been more restrained (we are, after all, British *g*) but for some people, it’s clear that a chaste kiss and cuddle between a same-sex couple equates in their mind to top-shelf het stuff.

You are a very prolific writer! Can you share what inspires and challenges you most in your writing? 

What inspires me? Ooh, everything. Which I guess explains the “prolific” bit! In Wight Mischief I have a character with albinism, and he came about from reading one too many books with the Evil Albino trope. A lot of the side characters in Pressure Head and Relief Valve are based on “types” I see every day in my home village—the mystery Pressure Head centres on the PCC, or Parochial Church Council, which governs the affairs of the local parish church, and I was a member of our local PCC for ten years, as treasurer. But I guess mainly it’s people and places.

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What challenges me? Plot, definitely. And keeping it all straight (pun not intended!) in my head.

You have written a very popular gay romance/mystery series (Plumber’s Mate) featuring a blue collar plumber, Tom Paretski, who has a rather unique ability of finding hidden things.  Would you care to elaborate for our readers or would that be giving too much away?

Tom’s power of finding hidden things has been a mixed blessing for him. As a child, he uncovered a lot of things that people would have preferred remained hidden! It’s contributed to a certain amount of estrangement from his family, and misunderstandings from other people. Phil, to start with, is very skeptical of Tom’s talent—but when he does believe, he’s quick to see the advantages to a private investigator of having Tom’s abilities on tap.

As well as finding hidden things, Tom is a good old-fashioned dowser—able to locate water. Which is basically why he became a plumber! Apart from taking advantage of his abilities that way, though, Tom hasn’t really explored his talent; his experiences with family taught him it’s not exactly something to be proud of. But now he’s met Phil, that’s likely to change… 😉

Besides your Plumber’s Mate mystery series, you have written a couple gay suspense/thrillers, Fall Hard and Wight Mischief. Each feature protagonists who “fall hard” for mysterious men. What influenced you to pen these romantic characters caught up in suspenseful circumstances?      

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The setting of Wight Mischief—the lonely house on top of a windswept cliff, based in a mid-nineteenth-century fort and connected via a tunnel through the chalk cliffs to the sea below—is a real place, and one I visited back in my teens. I can still remember creeping through the rough tunnel and emerging at the rusty staircase beyond. I defy any writer NOT to be inspired by such a setting! And as a long-time lover of fairy tales, the idea of someone more-or-less imprisoned in a tower (until, of course, the arrival of their handsome rescuer) was irresistible.

Fall Hard, too, was shaped by its setting—in fact, several reviewers have noted how central its harsh, brooding landscape is to the plot. Icelandic literature tends towards a very dark sort of humour, and it wasn’t until I started writing Fall Hard that I really understood why. The story is also, of course, greatly influenced by the great Icelandic sagas, and in particular Egil’s Saga, whose eponymous (anti)hero is even darker and more brooding than the land itself.

Which living actor would you cast to play protagonist, plumber Tom Paretski,, from your mystery series and why? How about Viggo, the Icelandic tattooed, modern day Viking that Tom falls for?

I am notoriously bad at casting actors for my characters! I think my cover artist, Kanaxa, has done a marvelous job of finding guys who fit the bill for Tom (Pressure Head), Phil (Relief Valve) and Viggo (Fall Hard), and I’d hesitate to try and improve on that.

I can tell you who’d play Al and Larry in my romantic comedy novella Muscling Through, however, as Alex Beecroft kindly cast Toms Hardy and Hiddleston in those roles for me! 😉

Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

The new release is Relief Valve, and without giving too much away, there’s a bombshell dropped at the end which I’m exploring in the current WIP, Heat Trap, which will be book #3 in the Plumber’s Mate series.

A great thing about writing a series is that you can take your time exploring your characters’ lives. In Pressure Head, Tom’s family was only briefly touched on, but in Relief Valve, we meet his sister and her fiancé, and Tom’s older brother. Themes of family will be carried on in Heat Trap.

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I also have some fun in Relief Valve with a subject dear to my heart: writers’ circles. The one I’m a member of is excellent, but my goodness, I’ve heard some horror stories about other groups!

Another theme that’s present in all the Plumber’s Mate books is that of the Anglican Church. Tom is a confirmed agnostic, but the parish church has a way of weaving itself into village life whether you’re a believer or not.

On behalf of the Facebook Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Group, thank you for giving us a little of your time today, answering questions fans of the genre want to know.

It’s been wonderful to talk to you! Thanks so much for having me. 😀

 

Find JL Merrow on the web:

My website is at: www.jlmerrow.com, and I’m on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

Chatting with the Rainey Bell Thriller Series author & Lambda Award Nominee, R.E. Bradshaw

R.E. Bradshaw, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. 

Thank you for inviting me, Jon. It is a pleasure to be here. I’m a bit of a lurker on the site, but I love seeing all the titles and blurbs. There are some great books being written in our community.

Let’s start off with, where do you live?

I currently reside in Oklahoma City, but I grew up in North Carolina and my heart will always be on the Outer Banks of my home state. My parents still live on Hatteras Island and that is where I call home, but my wife was born in Texas and grew up in Oklahoma. We’re a bi-state family.

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As you probably know, writers rarely like to toot their own horns…lol, but what would you say is your greatest accomplishment? 

Being in a twenty-six year relationship and raising a fine young man are my greatest accomplishments, I believe. But if we’re talking writing achievements—that happened recently when I became a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Mystery for the third straight year. Two out of the three books in the Rainey Bell Thriller series, Rainey Nights and The Rainey Season, are now sporting “Finalist” gold seals, along with Molly: House on Fire, last year’s award finalist. I also received the news in December that my novel, Out on the Panhandle, was declared First Runner-up for Best Lesbian Novel in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. It was a good end to 2013 and a fantastic beginning to 2014.

Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

I live with my wife, our two cats, and two dogs. We will celebrate our twenty-sixth anniversary on June sixth. We have a grown son and his lovely wife also in our family. Laughter is the key to our happiness and survival. It resonates through our lives. We are renovating our home this spring, so I hope the laughter continues. Really, I’m a happy camper and am so fortunate to do what I love for a living, and to have such a wonderfully supportive spouse and extended family encouraging me to follow this dream.

Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines in detail?

With the Rainey Bell Thrillers it’s a must that I know where I am going. I have to weave psychological elements as well as crime clues in the telling. It’s important to me that the reader can look back in the end and say, “Oh, I see it now,” but did not see it on first blush. So, I have a fairly clear idea of the meat of the story when I start. Some elements and details may morph as I write the story, but the bones of the psychological and criminal behavioral profiles I began with will remain as planned. A lot of research goes into the development of the criminal mind in these books, so accuracy demands I stay true to the behavioral science. With my other novels, I am a panster all the way.

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Have had you ever had to deal with homophobia after your lesbian novels are released, and if so, what form(s) has it taken?

The only real homophobic reactions I’ve dealt with came from my mother, who is forever asking, “Can’t you write a book about people that aren’t lesbians?” She means well. She believes I could become rich and famous, if I just wrote about “normal” people. (My mother is my best source of material. Don’t tell her. It will ruin the natural flow of mouth dropping—Paula Deen foot-in-mouth worthy—lines I use in my comedies.)

“No, Mom, I won’t sell out, at least not for less than six figures.”

Seriously, I’ve had quite a bit of positive feedback from the non-lesbian community about my novels. A group of straight male psychologist read Molly: House on Fire for their book group and then discussed it with me. That was a load of fun. My main characters are lesbians. They love women and have healthy sex lives, but the stories a reader finds on the pages of my novels will focus on the facets of life universally experienced regardless of one’s sexuality. I believe that is why many LGBT readers feel comfortable sharing one of my novels with a family member or non-gay friend. I hear from readers who tell me they hand my books to their mothers and say, “See, we are just people.” I totally get that. Oh boy, do I totally get that.

Can you share what inspires and challenges you most in your writing? 

My inspiration comes from being a voracious researcher. Most writers say they read a lot. I do too, but almost always for research. I would go to school for the rest of my life if someone would pay me. I love to learn. When I come across something that sets my imagination to running, I will devour the subject. It will fill my dreams and thoughts for months, all the while a story will brew until it manifests and must be told. That’s how it works for most of my story ideas.

The main challenge I face is also because I love research. The trouble with becoming lost in the research is knowing when to stop digging and start writing. I also have a mean case of Attention Deficit Disorder, so focus is fleeting at times.

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You have a very popular FBI thriller series featuring lesbian protagonist, Rainey Bell. What influenced you to create such a tough yet smart protagonist who just happens to be deeply committed to the safety of her family?

When I was in high school in the late seventies, I read about a new type of FBI agent, the “profiler.” Before that, I would sneak into my mother’s collection of true crime novels. I was probably the only fourth grader that had read In Cold Blood. This study of the science and the men and women who “profiled” serial killers became a life long obsession. I have a fairly extensive research library on the subject. I began my writing career with romances, but by book three, I was already dreaming about Special Agent Rainey Bell. The first book, Rainey Days, was a bit too much of a romance and very much an experiment for me in the mystery/thriller genre, but by the time I was finished writing it, I knew Rainey was around to stay.

I absolutely love getting inside the mind of a fictional, retired FBI Behavioral Analyst and creating a killer for her to catch is thrilling. If anyone ever looks at my search engine history, I’m afraid the real FBI may come calling. I’m completely dumbfounded at what can be accessed on the Internet, like the actual crime scene photos from BTK murders, and yes, I have them saved on my computer. Like an actor preparing for a role, I am committed to seeing things through a criminal behavioral analyst’s eyes, or committable, as some might think. This makes for interesting dreams, to be sure.

Introducing a family into this very independent and at one time very broken woman’s story parallels her life’s journey. Too many years studying man’s inhumanity to man had taken its toll on the wounded agent. Rainey has since learned to love, to trust, to forgive, and all of these things prove she is like us. We, the readers, can identify with the struggle to give the world a chance, when the staggering blows it hands us are too much. Rainey’s family and her love for Katie have allowed her to soften, as well as keeping her vulnerable. Without that family to protect, Rainey might just go rogue. Katie and the kids keep Rainey grounded in the good life, because she’s seen plenty of the evil man has to offer. (The fact that Rainey and Katie have triplets, well, that was one of those panster moments sneaking into my thriller.)

Besides your thriller series, you have written a mystery of murder and mayhem titled Molly: House on Fire. Your protagonist, Molly Kincaid, has appeared in your other novels, but Molly: House on Fire focuses on the successful, wealthy defense attorney as she faces her past head-on…or suffer the consequences. Can you share why you felt the need to write her story?    

Good golly, Miss Molly. I love Molly Kincaid. She’s what I dreamed of being, when I first left high school, before I fell in with the theatre crowd and changed course dramatically, no pun intended. In my first novel, the characters needed a lawyer. I thought it would be funny to have a lawyer look so much like Jodie Foster that someone in that backwater courtroom would say, “I didn’t know Jodie was a lawyer, too.” That’s how Molly came into being. She grew a life of her own, but always in the background, popping in as legal advisor or friend, and then fading out of the story. She is the hub around which all of my characters revolve.

The demand for her very own story came from the readers. They wanted to know her backstory and they most desperately wanted her to have a romance. I wasn’t up for another lesfic romance novel at the time, so Molly needed a mystery. I was given, and writers know what I mean by given, the prologue one afternoon. It came fast and furiously. When I finished typing, I read it aloud to my wife, or attempted to. I could not finish it. With tears flowing down my cheeks, I said, “Whoa. I did not mean to write that.” But it was Molly’s story and it needed telling, so I did. Mystery, thriller, romance, comedy, it’s all in there. Molly is a great character and I look forward to working with “the female Matlock” for many years to come. Besides, she drives such cool cars and Rainey Bell needed a buddy.

Which living actor would you cast to play your protagonist, Rainey Bell, from your thriller series and why?

If I could hand pick and money was no object, no question it would be Angelina Jolie. Jolie is a fantastic actor, able to play complex, layered characters. Rainey is a bit less physically imposing than Lara Croft, but they share survival skills and a puzzle solvers mind. Angelina was magnificent in The Bone Collector and Mrs. Smith certainly shares traits with Rainey. Besides, my God, look at her. Sorry, lesbian moment. In all honesty, I think Angelina gets far less credit than she deserves for the complexity of the characters she plays. She makes it appear so effortless that it doesn’t look like acting. Funny that, how those who make it look easy never get the credit they are due. Rainey is complicated, cerebral, yet will shoot you dead in a heartbeat. I think Angelina Jolie could rock that role, and who wouldn’t want to watch her walk around strapped with fire power, in a black leather jacket, driving a badass car, and married to a cute little blonde, and I don’t mean Brad. <Big Grin>

Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

I’m finishing up the next Rainey Bell Thriller, Colde & Rainey, due out in April 2014. (The extra “e” in the title will make sense when it’s read.) This time Rainey revisits a cold case, spending some of the narrative in memories from the past with her father, Billy Bell. He was deceased when the series began, so not much is known about him. We get to see some of Rainey’s traits in Billy, and learn just how short a distance from the tree she really fell. Meeting a fully fleshed out Billy Bell character was interesting for me as a writer. I was not expecting it, but it has been a real treat. The reader will see, more than hear of, the relationship Rainey has talked about in the previous books. Rainey Bell is a daddy’s girl.

RaineynightsThis story contains very little of the previous characters. Rainey is away from home and on her own for the majority of the book. Of course, we will catch up with Katie and the now two-year-old triplets, but for the thriller part of the story Rainey is alone with her memories in a strange little town. Attending the funeral of an old friend of her father’s, Rainey gets caught up in a rare North Carolina blizzard and a cold case from her past. Can she spot the killer before another murder, or is she now the intended next victim?

(Strange note: I wrote the blizzard in before one actually hit NC this year. Weird, huh?)

On behalf of the Facebook Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Group, thank you for giving us a little of your time today, answering questions fans of the genre want to know.

I want to thank you for the time and effort you put into promoting our work, Jon. It is very much appreciated. I enjoyed the questions—particularly fantasizing about Angelina in a leather jacket for a bit there. Thanks for having me on the page.

Find R. E. Bradshaw on the web: www.rebradshawbooks.com

Interviewing the Best Selling Lesbian Romance and Mystery author, Gerri Hill

Gerri, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for members of the Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Facebook group. 

Let’s start off with, where do you live?

I live in East Texas in a very conservative part of the state! Some of my books take place in the area, including the very early Behind the Pine Curtain and one of my most recent ones, Keepers of the Cave.

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As you probably know, writers rarely like to toot their own horns…lol, but what would you say is your greatest accomplishment? 

Just being published for the first time stands out as a significant point in my life. Now, twenty-four books later, it’s almost surreal. Having some of those books be nominated (and win) for writing awards is something I’m most proud of.

Without getting too personal, would you share a little about your home life?

My partner and I live on five acres in the “woods”! I have recently retired from higher education so I no longer have an hour commute to work each day. That has certainly changed my “home life”. I can now write when I want to instead of cramming in writing sessions before work, after work, and any other time I could grab a spare minute! I enjoy being outside and I have a vegetable garden that takes up way too much time but it’s very therapeutic. We have what we call a “garden cabin” and I spend a lot of time on that deck with my laptop! I couldn’t imagine having a better office in which to write….I can watch the birds at the feeders, listen to the sound of their calls, the smell of the pines, the sensory overload from the greenness of the woods…it’s all very relaxing and it’s my favorite place to work. And not to sound too much like a hermit, but we normally close and lock the gate on Friday evening and don’t open it up again until Monday morning. Our home life is definitely staying “home”!

Do you fly by the seat of your pants when writing or plot out your storylines in detail?

It depends. For the most part, I don’t use outlines. Or if I do, it’s very crude. I find them a waste for me because I rarely follow them! There are certain details of a story that I want to make sure I hit, so those will be written down. Mostly….fly by the seat of my pants!

Have had you ever had to deal with homophobia after your lesbian novels are released, and if so, what forms has it taken?

No, not at all. I’ve always had very positive responses.

Can you share what inspires and challenges you most in your writing? 

That’s hard to answer. A lot of my preliminary work is done while I’m out walking in the woods or sitting on a fallen tree. I find inspiration there. I always have. And after twenty-four books, the biggest challenge is keeping them fresh and new. Characters need to stand on their own and not be too similar to another that readers confuse them. That’s a challenge when writing about strong, independent women . . . finding traits in each that separate them from the others.

You have three lesbian mystery series going; Ross and Sullivan, Johnston and Riley and the Hunter series. How do you prepare when starting a new book in the series? How do you keep the series fresh and exciting, especially where romance is involved? 

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I will usually go back and read the previous book (or at least skim it) to get a feel for the voices again. That’s especially true if it’s been a while between books. In Keepers of the Cave and Weeping Walls (CJ Johnston and Paige Riley), they were written only one book apart so that wasn’t difficult to maintain each character’s personality. I’m currently working on a cross-over with Tori and Sam from Hunter’s Way and Cameron and Andrea (Ross and Sullivan from Devil’s Rock/Hell’s Highway). There are three books in the Hunter Series and two with Ross and Sullivan. It has been several years since I’ve visited Tori and Sam so I had to go back and read those to get a feel for the characters again. So far it’s been a challenge to juggle all four characters!!

Keeping the series fresh is as simple as keeping the story fresh! It’s more difficult when romance is involved because usually the initial romance takes place in the first book and it takes up more of their time. Subsequent books deal more with the mystery than the romance, although having their relationship grow into something deeper is also a part of it.

Which living actor would you cast to portray lesbian FBI agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley, and why?

I get asked this question a lot! Not just about CJ and Paige but other characters as well. Honestly, I can’t give you an answer. The vision I have of them in my head is just that…a vision of them and not of some actress I’ve seen on TV or in the movies. And my vision of them might be completely different than what my readers may see!

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Of course! I’m not sure how many of them I’d like to share however. Okay…I’ll give you one: I love old Steven Seagal movies!

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Last question; can you share with us a little about your current release and/or WIP?

Weeping Walls was just released this past December (Jon-which has been #1 Best Seller in Gay & Lesbian Mystery on Amazon since release; congratulations!), the sequel to Keepers of the Cave. I have a romance coming out in July, The Midnight Moon. I call it a “fun, summer romance” and I hope my readers think so as well! As I said earlier, I’m currently working on Angel Fire, a mystery that involves Tori Hunter and Sam Kennedy and Cameron Ross and Andrea Sullivan. It’s due to be released in late December.

On behalf of the Facebook Gay Mystery-Thriller-Suspense Fiction Group, thank you for giving us a little of your time today, answering questions fans of the genre want to know.

It was my pleasure! Thank you!

 

Find Gerri Hill on the web:   www.gerrihill.com

26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced – “Pretty Boy Dead” makes the cut

 

The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists were announced on March 6th 2014. My novel, “Pretty Boy Dead” was shortlisted as a finalist in the Gay Mystery category.  To see the finalists for all categories, click on the link below:

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http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/03/06/26th-annual-lambda-literary-award-finalists-announced/

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Blurb:

A murdered male stripper. A missing go-go dancer. A city councilman on the hook. Can Atlanta homicide detective Sergeant Kendall Parker solve the vicious crime while remaining safely hidden behind the closet door?

When the body of a young man is found in a popular midtown park, police and local media quickly pin the brutal killing on a homeless gay kid with AIDS. But Homicide Detective Sgt. Kendall Parker isn’t convinced, even when the suspect is accused of assaulting a police detective with a deadly weapon.

City leaders want the heinous murder solved yesterday and they jump at the chance to pin the crime on the drug-craving teen. Besides, it’s an election year and remaining in office is their top priority, even at the sacrifice of the young man. Sgt. Parker isn’t easily persuaded and is determined to prove Hopper’s innocence, despite protest from his colleagues and the great citizens of Atlanta. And all threatens to expose the deep secret Parker has carefully hidden from his comrades for years.

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Reviews:

Pretty Boy Dead

A murdered male stripper. A missing go-go dancer. A city councilman on the hook. Can Atlanta homicide detective Sergeant Kendall Parker solve the vicious crime while remaining safely hidden behind the closet door?

Named one of Jessewave’s Top Picks 2013!

Pretty Boy Dead is a well-written police procedural with an engaging plot and well-developed characters.” – Jessewave

“…the writing is solid, the book is well executed from cover to edits…” – author Ryan Field

“The author has written a gritty crime drama that is exciting…” – Rainbow Book Reviews

“Highly recommended for those who like swift, compelling stories.” – Chris Beakey, author of Double Abduction, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award

The characters are well drawn and I really believe that they propel the story and of course, it helps that the book is so well written.” – Amos Lassen

“…offers an intriguing look into the thought process, personal demons, peer pressure and bureaucratic nightmares that can plague a homicide detective working on such cases.” – Bob Lind, Echo Magazine   

“If you are looking for a great mystery, you can’t go wrong with Pretty Boy Dead. – The Novel Approach

“Jon Michaelsen has written a tense, entertaining, and believable crime novel.” – David Sullivan, author and retired 29 year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

“Overall, a good read…a murder mystery with a lot of flawed characters.” – On Top Down Under Reviews

WHERE TO PURCHASE “PRETTY BOY DEAD” –  

Wilde City Press: http://tinyurl.com/PrettyBoyDead

Amazon

eBook: http://tinyurl.com/PBD-ebook

Print: http://tinyurl.com/PBDprint

Print UKhttp://www.booksamillion.com/p/Pretty-Boy-Dead-Kendall-Parker/Jon-Michaelsen/9781925031607

Amazon India: http://www.amazon.in/Pretty-Dead-Kendall-Parker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00H9VAM5Q

(Europe) Junglee.com: http://www.junglee.com/Pretty-Boy-Dead-Kendall-Mystery/dp/1925031608

Barnes & Noble –

eBook:

Print: http://tinyurl.com/PBDBarnesandNoble

OmniLit –  https://www.omnilit.com/product-prettyboydeadakendallparkermystery-1364535-243.html

Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/pretty-boy-dead

Tower Bookshttp://www.tower.com/pretty-boy-dead-kendall-parker-mystery-jon-michaelsen-paperback/wapi/124483703#product_details

What They Are Saying About Pretty Boy Dead

Pretty Boy Dead – by Jon Michaelsen

A murdered male stripper. A missing go-go dancer. A city councilman on the hook. Can Atlanta homicide detective Sergeant Kendall Parker solve the vicious crime while remaining safely hidden behind the closet door?

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What they are saying about Pretty Boy Dead  

Named one of Jessewave’s Top Picks 2013!

Pretty Boy Dead is a well-written police procedural with an engaging plot and well-developed characters.” – Jessewave

“…the writing is solid, the book is well executed from cover to edits…” – author Ryan Field

“The author has written a gritty crime drama that is exciting…” – Rainbow Book Reviews

“Highly recommended for those who like swift, compelling stories.” – Chris Beakey, author of Double Abduction, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award

The characters are well drawn and I really believe that they propel the story and of course, it helps that the book is so well written.” – Amos Lassen

“…offers an intriguing look into the thought process, personal demons, peer pressure and bureaucratic nightmares that can plague a homicide detective working on such cases.” – Bob Lind, Echo Magazine   

“If you are looking for a great mystery, you can’t go wrong with Pretty Boy Dead. – The Novel Approach

“Jon Michaelsen has written a tense, entertaining, and believable crime novel.” – David Sullivan, author and retired 29 year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

“Overall, a good read…a murder mystery with a lot of flawed characters.” – On Top Down Under Reviews

 

Where to purchase:

Wilde City Press: http://tinyurl.com/PrettyBoyDead

Wilde City Press Ebook; Pretty Boy Dead

Amazon

eBook: http://tinyurl.com/PBD-ebook

Print: http://tinyurl.com/PBDprint