Mystery/Thriller

RED MONEY, Ron Janson ~ Author Showcase

Carrie and Ron Janson Chat about RED MONEY

Red Money

Carrie:  What inspired you to write Red Money?
Ron:  I became inspired to write a mystery/thriller novel about a year or so after my book, Shareholder Value – A Business Experience, was published in the fall of 2001 under my birth name.  Prior to this, I had written several corporate finance related articles that were published in business journals.  The book, a nonfiction work on an important aspect of finance, is written as a story, with the learning taking place through a series of “experiences” that the various characters live and work through.  I particularly enjoyed the character development and storytelling aspects of composing this book and wanted to pursue a new writing career in fiction, as I felt that I could develop a story that would captivate those who read mysteries and thrillers.  For me, the next challenge was to write a fictional story with a compelling plot and cast of characters.

Carrie:  Give us an idea about the plot without giving too much away.
Ron:
  The plot centers on a young married couple from Romania – deeply in love and traumatized by the murder of the husband’s older brother (a police officer) in their homeland shortly after they emigrate to the U.S. to escape a communist regime, under the guise of a student visa to study criminal justice at a college in New York City.  The older brother’s homicide, preceded by the murder of his superior, the police precinct chief in their hometown, was the price paid for investigating the cover up and closing in on those responsible for an earlier mob-related killing of a greedy dock supervisor who was being shut off from narcotics shipment pay-offs. After graduating from college, the young male Romanian émigré becomes intertwined with The Red Mafia – first through drug raids via his job as a detective in New York City, and then through an accidental discovery after taking a position with the FBI in Miami.  His investigative work in Miami links his brother’s slaying in Romania to a year-old killing of a female FBI employee in Washington, DC, who was romantically linked to a young American member of the mob and was “taken out” when she became a liability.  The newly minted FBI agent pursues the mystery of these murders – driving him and his wife into a state of anxiety – to an exciting and deadly climax.

Carrie:  What is the underlying theme of RED MONEY?
Ron:
  The story of RED MONEY is basically one of good versus evil, in which each side is portrayed for what it really is, and where the protagonists are a “good” family (two brothers who are law enforcement officers plus an innocent spouse) unlike many mob-related stories that focus on the mob family.

Carrie:  What is your favorite scene in RED MONEY?
Ron:
  That would be the very last major action scene, in which retribution for much pain and suffering occurs.

Carrie:  Why should readers buy RED MONEY?
Ron:  Virtually all who have read it claim it’s a page turner with twists and turns and good action scenes.  Through May 30, readers can get a 20% discount off the $14.95 retail price and be entered in a contest by ordering on my website.

Carrie:  What are you reading right now?
Ron:
  I finished The Appeal
and am in the midst of Charlie Wilson’s War and The Shack.

Carrie:  Who are your favorite authors?
Ron:
  My favorite authors for the past fifteen years or so have been Robert Ludlum and John Grisham, and they have had an influence on my writing.

The Flynn Brothers Trilogy, Heather Graham

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The Flynn Brothers Trilogy:

  • Deadly Night ~ October

  • Deadly Harvest ~ November

  • Deadly Gift ~ December

Publishers Weekly on Deadly Night
Bestseller Graham (Kiss of Darkness) spices up a spooky post-Katrina mystery in this solid trilogy opener. PI brothers Aidan, Jeremy and Zachary Flynn have inherited a plantation near New Orleans from Amelia Flynn, a relative they never knew. They consider selling the rundown house, but instead agree to restore it and move in. When Aidan finds human bones on the plantation’s grounds, further sleuthing reveals some local missing persons cold cases that might be connected to the house, already haunted by two Flynn cousins who fought on opposite sides of the Civil War. Meanwhile, romance slowly ignites between cynical widower Aidan and Kendall Montgomery, psychic and Amelia’s friend and former caregiver. Dream messages and premonitions, ghostly sightings, capable detective work and fascinating characters blend to make a satisfying chiller.

Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, N.M. Kelby

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A bit about N.M. Kelby:
Nicole M. Kelby is the author of Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), Whale Season (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), In the Company of Angels (Theia/Hyperion), and Theater of the Stars (Theia/Hyperion). Named “Outstanding Southern Artist” by The Southern Arts Federation, her work has been translated into several languages and offered by The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club.Her short stories have appeared in many publications including One Story, Zoetrope ASE, and the audio magazine Verb. Her story “Jubilation, Florida” was selected for National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, and later recorded by actress Joanne Woodward for the NPR CD Travel Tales, and included in New Stories from the South: Best of 2006 (Algonquin Books). Kelby is working on the film version of Whale Season along with Actor/Singer Dwight Yoakam. She is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Inter-Arts grant, the Heekin Group Foundation’s James Fellowship for the Novel, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in fiction, two Jerome Travel Study Grants, and a Jewish Arts Endowment Fellowship.

Carrie:  What inspired you to write this book?

N.M.:  I think that life can be a morbid adventure and we all need to be reminded to laugh and take a moment to look at the beauty that is around us. I like to say that I write wildly poetic prose for people who are still willing to believe in joy.

Carrie:  Tell us about Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill without giving too much away.

JC Hutchins, Personal Effects Dark Art (audio interview) Part II

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JC2I first heard of JC Hutchins on CC Chapman’s podcast Managing the Gray. Fortunately, podcast distribution has exposed me to books of varying genres I wouldn’t have otherwise picked off the shelf—and 7th Son is one of them.

First things first: JC is such a positive uplifting guy, before I realized it, we had chatted for over an hour. For those of you who cannot listen for a whole hour, I cut the conversation into two, so you can listen to the first half and then come back for the second whenever it’s convenient. Whatever you do, don’t just disregard the second half. We get into some personal stuff with JC and also chat about his unique approach to building community around his books ~ Good ideas for writers ~ A lot of fun for readers!

JC Hutchins, 7th Son Trilogy (audio interview) Part I

**Scroll down and click gray arrow to listen to interview

JCI first heard of JC Hutchins on CC Chapman’s podcast Managing the Gray. Fortunately, podcast distribution has exposed me to books of varying genres I wouldn’t have otherwise picked off the shelf—and 7th Son is one of them.

First things first: JC is such a positive uplifting guy, before I realized it, we had chatted for over an hour. For those of you who cannot listen for a whole hour, I cut the conversation into two, so you can listen to the first half and then come back for the second whenever it’s convenient. Whatever you do, don’t just disregard the second half. We get into some personal stuff with JC and also chat about his unique approach to building community around his books ~ Good ideas for writers ~ A lot of fun for readers!

Trust Me, Brenda Novak

Listen NowTrustmeBrenda Novak is a wife and mother of five, a juvenile diabetes research fundraiser, and New York Times BESTselling author. Talk about life-work balance! And…we do!“Dreams really do come true,” says Brenda about landing a spot on the coveted New York Times Bestseller list the day before we chatted! “Congratulations” to Brenda who sold her first book almost a decade to-the-day Trust Me appeared on the print list!
 

What we chat about:

Even to this day, Brenda admits feeling guilty about not realizing her trusted day-care provider had been drugging her kids with over-the-counter medications to get them to sleep—Every mom’s nightmare. Brenda turned that painful experience positive by choosing a practical way to stay at home with her kids—Writing Books! Having never before put pen to paper, Brenda had a lot to learn about the writing craft and the challenges of her chosen genre—historical romanc, but after five years, her choice paid off.

Listen in as Brenda shares how she got her first novel published by taking advantage of Romance Writers of America (RWA) resources (i.e., contacts, market, and contest information). Since then, she’s moved into romantic thrillers and has published a slew of books including The Last Stand series.Brenda

David Fulmer, author of The Blue Door

David Fulmer is the author of five critically-acclaimed and award-winning novels with Harcourt Books. His plaudits include nominations for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Barry Award, and a Falcon Award. He claimed a spot on Borders Books “Best of 2003 List” and the “Best of 2005” lists by Library Journal, Deadly Pleasures Magazine, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and one of his books was included as one of New York Magazine’s “Best Novels You’ve Never Read”

He won a 2002 Shamus Award, the 2005 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Audiobook Fiction He has been translated into Japanese, Italian and French. All his books have received superlative reviews from, among others publications, The Times Picayune, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, BookList, Kirkus Reviews, The Detroit News, The Boston Globe, and The Tennessean.

Carrie: Please tell us about The Blue Door.
 
David:  It’s a mystery set in South Philadelphia in 1962. The main character is a boxer named Eddie Cero who comes to work for a private detective named Sal Giambroni—mostly, as a way to make a little money until he can get his fight career going again. He ends up getting involved in what seems to be a cold missing person case.

Carrie: Is The Blue Door plot or character driven?

David: Definitely character-driven. I begin all my books with an evocative setting. For the first three, it was Storyville, New Orleans, at the turn of the century.  Then I turned to Atlanta in the 1920s. In his current book, it’s South Philly in the early 1960s. I treat the setting as a character. Then I place the human characters whom I’ve spent considerable time developing and understand on these stages. I know there’s a body somewhere. These pieces are my raw materials.

Carrie: Why is music such an important factor in all your novels? 
 
David FulmerDavid:  I fell in love with American music when I was a kid. I’ve always felt that it’s represented the best of our culture. It came up from the ground, is ethnic without maintaining barriers, it’s totally inclusive, and has come to define America. There’s really no other art form that can make that claim The musicians and the music provide these really interesting dramas and I find lots of rich material to mine.
 
Carrie: How did your a small town background contribute to your future as a writer?
 
David: It required me entertaining myself, as well as my friends and me entertaining each other. That meant lots of stories. My grandfather was an immigrant and so the Old World oral storytelling tradition was very strong in our family. The other thing is that small towns can be stifling and growing up in one made me want to get out and do something.

Carrie:  Who are your favorite authors and who influenced your writing?

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