Tremolo, Aaron Paul Lazar


Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of LeGarde Mysteries and Moore Mysteries savors the countryside in the Genesee Valley of upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his websites at and and his newest Mazurka.

In addition to receiving publishing contracts for Double Forté, Upstaged, Tremolo: cry of the loon, Mazurka, Healey’s Cave, and One Potato, Blue Potato, Aaron writes Seedlings, a monthly column featured in the Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine (FMAM) and the literary newsletter Voice in the Dark. His short articles on writing have appeared in Absolute Write, and his essay, “Word Paintings” was included in the 2007 Bylines Writers’ Desk Calendar. Visit his blogs at and Aaron is the Saturday Writing Essential host on

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Carrie’s Conversation with Aaron

Carrie: Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about Tremolo: cry of the loon?
Tremolo is a coming-of-age mystery suitable for all ages, and it particularly plays to the nostalgia of baby boomers. This novel, third in the Gus LeGarde series, is actually a prequel to the founding book of the series, Double Forté, which begins in the current day when Gus is already a grandfather. The novel is set in the Belgrade Lakes of Maine, in summer 1964, when Beatlemania hits the States and the world mourns the loss of JFK. Eleven-year-old Gus LeGarde faces his first brush with evil against the backdrop of the most powerful events that rocked the nation. When Gus and his friends capsize their rowboat in a thick fog, they eventually clamber to shore, where they witness a drunk chasing a girl through the woods. She’s scared. She’s hurt. And she disappears.  The camp is thrown into turmoil as the frantic search for Sharon begins. Reports of stolen relics arise, including a church bell cast by Paul Revere. When Gus stumbles on a scepter that’s part of the spoils, he becomes a target. Compelled to find Sharon before the villain does, Gus–armed only with a big heart, a motorboat, and a nosy beagle–must dig deep for courage to survive the menace that lurks in the dark woods.

Carrie: Why did you choose “To Kill a Mockingbird” as the film that Gus watched in Tremolo?
There are great parallels that link Mockingbird to Tremolo, especially the threads of evil that weave throughout both. My father took me to see “To Kill a Mockingbird” when it first came out in theaters, and it’s remained my favorite movie to date. I remember coming home and sitting in the dining room with my father after the movie. He turned his forearm in the sunlight and said, “Wouldn’t it be lovely to have coppery brown skin like Tom Robinson?” Dad worked hard to be sure I embraced life and people of all colors and nationalities. Gus and I have tried hard to live up to his example. ;o)

Carrie: Of your nine LeGarde mysteries, Tremolo is the only one that delves into Gus’s childhood. What inspired this?Aaron, author photo July 2008 1.5
I couldn’t wait to revisit the glorious childhood summers in Maine at my grandparents’ camp in the Belgrade Lakes. The memories bubbled within me, aching to be released for years. It seemed natural to plop my current day characters – Gus, Elsbeth, and Siegfried – into that setting. And thus Tremolo, the prequel to Double Forté was born.

Carrie: What do you think resonates with readers of Tremolo?
One of the strong elements of the book involves the simple purity of living life without gadgets. Gus and his pals have no toys, no television, no computers, no video games. They didn’t need them. They had each other, and the majesty of nature to entertain them. A walk in the woods, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, boating… all of these things are much healthier for us than the electronic cocoons with which we’ve surrounded ourselves.

Carrie: How long have you been writing? What stirred you to write?
I’ve loved to write since grade school, when I filled journals with romantic musings and wrote zany stories. But the real call to write – that obsession that demands hours per day at the keyboard and holds me hostage until it’s satisfied – started in 1997 when my father died. I was 44, and the loss crushed me. Dad was an energetic Renaissance man. He taught music and played piano, tended large gardens, cooked hearty soups, loved his family and dogs, and embraced life with unbridled passion. He was the model who inspired Gus LeGarde. I’m actually a lot like my father, so there are strong elements of me in Gus, too. It’s an interesting amalgam.

Carrie: How has writing has impacted your life? Can you tell us how it changes or strengthens you?
  When life gets tough I turn to my writing for solace, borne of escapism.
Family and friends help soothe life’s woes, and are fantastic sources of comfort. Especially those hugs I get from my little grandsons. But there’s something uniquely satisfying about turning to the parallel universe I control (when I can’t control anything else) and “taking charge.” Even if life wasn’t fraught with its own problems, I’d still write. I have no choice. I need the stimulation of the creative process every day. I need to connect with readers. I live for that and I encourage my readers to contact me at aaron dot lazar at yahoo dot com.

Carrie: Do you have a motto or favorite saying that guides you?
“Take pleasure in the little things.” When life becomes unbearable due to family illness or loss, I’ve learned how to self-comfort by enjoying what God has provided, such as a frosty field on a sunny winter morning, cornflowers growing wild by the roadside, the flash of love in my grandsons’ eyes, or the taste of a fresh picked tomato. We must learn to savor these gifts, relish them, and soak them in to comfort us when things get tough again.

Carrie: Who are your favorite writers?
In no particular order: John D. MacDonald for his Travis Magee series; Laurie R. King for her Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli series; Dean Koontz for his Odd Thomas series; Stephen King for his dialog (the best and most natural in the world); James Patterson for his early books’ scenes with Dr. Alex Cross, Nana Mama, and his children; Clive Cussler for the delightful adventures of the Dirk Pitt series; Dick Francis (always wished he wrote a series); Tony Hillerman for his character development and scene painting; S.W. Vaughn (aka Sonja Bateman) for her face-paced, gripping fiction; and Marta Stephens for her newly debuted crime mysteries featuring detective Sam Harper.

Carrie: What’s next?
Mazurka, The fourth LeGarde book is out through Twilight Times Books. Also, the debut novel of my new paranormal mystery series, Healey’s Cave, will follow shortly thereafter. My current WIP is a standalone novel entitled The Aviary, about an obsessive-compulsive bird breeder and his pet parakeet, Ruby.

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  1. Great interview Aaron. I had the pleasure of reading both Tremolo and Mazurka (before it went to press). I’m anxious to get a finished copy of Mazurka to add to my Aaron Lazar collection! I see so much of you and your family in writing.

    Marta Stephens

  2. Thanks, Marta. You are a wonderful friend and a superb critique partner!

  3. Great interview. I like that the characters had no gadgets to entertain them! They had more simplified items. Please enter me in your delightful book drawing. Thanks, Cindi

  4. Great review. This book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in your book drawing.

  5. Aaron’s book, Tremolo, sounds like a book I must get. His review caught my attention with it’s simplicity and mystery. I love the fact that the story revolves around real places that Aaron knows quite well. That usually brings out some of the finer elements in the storyline. I will be looking for additional books to follow his writings. Place my name in the drawing for Tremolo. Thanks.

  6. I have heard a lot of good things about this author on but have not read any of his books yet. This is a great review. I would love to read the book.

  7. I have the pleasure of enjoying Aaron, and his works, everyday if I wish on Not only is he so kind in all that he posts, it is evident after reading just a few of his works, why he is so successful.

    It takes a particular type of talent to be so personable, and so intelligent in your thoughts, repeatedly, without ever swaying from that projected personna. He is always enjoyable, always friendly, and most of all, willing to share any “tip” he is aware of with fledgling writers. His creations are interesting, and you know you are in for a treat when you settle down with Hot Chocolate, and one of his works. I cannot wait for his newest to come out, and I would love to win “Tremelo” and add it to my library. What a compliment for any home. He is so talented, and yet so humble, you always feel you are discussing, or reading, the works and ideas of a very good, and wonderful friend. I would buy his works any day of the week, and would always be proud to give them as a gift…Ellen Backy

  8. You folks are so kind – thank you all for stopping by and commenting! I wish you could ALL win a copy of Tremolo!! Best wishes and Happy New Year!

  9. Very nice…good reading. Kept my interest and that is hard to do if not done in the first chapter of a book. Enjoyed very much

  10. Great interview Carrie! I’m new to Aaron’s books but I can’t wait to read them. I live in a part of the Genesee Valley of NY state in the south western section. It’s beautiful and I bet it’s a fun place to write about. These books sound great and they are now added to my ever expanding book list. Thanks Aaron and best wishes with your new releases. I’m adding this contest to my blog.

  11. I love coming-of-age reads ~ especially mysteries.
    And, I really think you should pick someone who lives in Tremonton to win a copy of Tremolo. 😉

    I’m a subscriber.

  12. Thanks, Karen. It’s validating to hear from readers like you. Glad you enjoyed it!

    Wrighty – Sounds like we’re almost neighbors. The Genesee Valley is so rich in resources and beauty, isn’t it? Thanks for adding the contest to your blog!

    Christy – love your town name!! Thank you!

  13. I absolutely loved this interview with Aaron Lazar. This book sounds like a real winner. I would love to win a copy. I would like to read more of his works!! Mysteries are definitely my favorite form of relaxation although have been learning so much more about a variety of books since joining this site. Thank you.

  14. Had not heard of this author before. So interesting to read the interview. Will definitely be looking for his books at the bookstore. Thanks.

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