Mystery and Thriller Books For Your Reading List | September 2020

Mystery and Thriller Books For Your Reading List | September 2020

This month has been a very exciting one for mystery and thriller readers, with so many new releases hitting stores. Check out our latest list of new novels by bestselling authors Paul Austin Ardoin, Hope Callaghan, Bradley Cornish, Ruth Ware, Jenn McKinlay, and J. D. Robb. Enjoy your new mystery and thriller books for your reading list!


The Watchful Coroner

by Paul Austin Ardoin

Release Date: September 22, 2020

The sixth book in the bestselling Fenway Stevenson Mysteries Series by Paul Austin Ardoin… There has been another killing in the cozy beach town of Estancia, this time at the city’s most exclusive hotel. Coroner Fenway Stevenson needs to solve the murder of one of the most prominent businessmen in town but it seems everyone has ulterior motives. Soon, the investigation turns into a political and personal battleground. Can she uncover the truth before it’s too late?

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Christmas Family Style

by Hope Callaghan

Release Date: September 13, 2020

The 15th book in the Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries Series by bestselling author Hope Callaghan… The Garlucci Family is reunited as they prepare to celebrate Christmas in historic Savannah, Georgia. Pete invites Carlita and her family to join him on board The Flying Gunner for the Merry Bay Christmas boat parade. Carlita’s oldest son also brings along his wife and new baby, along with Brittney’s bodyguards, courtest of her NY mob boss father. The festive event takes a sudden turn when someone goes missing.

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Lies Behind The Woods

by Bradley Cornish

Release Date: September 14, 2020

Steve Breiten is a college professor with a long line of failed relationships behind him. All he wants is a long vacation in the mountains where he can relax, read, and possibly start writing his book. He didn’t expect a mysterious woman to walk into his office… the woman who had been kidnapped all those years ago and rescued after a tip he left at the police station. His plans suddenly take a dramatic shift.

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One by One

by Ruth Ware

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The new thriller from the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key… Being snowed in at a luxurious ski chalet in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there is a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire, and others to keep you company. Unless the company happens to be your eight coworkers… Each of which has something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

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One for the Books

by Jenn McKinlay

Release Date: September 1, 2020

The 11th book in A Library Lover’s Mystery Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Jenn McKinlay… Love is in the air as library director Lindsey Norris and boat captain Mike (Sully) Sullivan are finally tying the knot. When Lindsey and her crafternoon pals head out to Bell Island to see if they can accommodate her ever-expanding guest list, they are horrified to discover a body washed up on the rocky shore.

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Shadows in Death

by J. D. Robb

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The 51st book in the In Death Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J. D. Robb… While examining a body in Washington State Park, Eve’s husband, Roarke, spots a man among the onlookers he’s known since his younger days on the streets in Dublin. A man who claims in his half brother… A man who kills for a living and burns with hatred for him.

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Interview with Bradley Cornish, Author of Lies Behind The Woods

What can you tell us about your new release, Lies Behind The Woods?

Lies behind the woods is a Psychological thriller about a college professor on vacation that gets his life turned upside down by an unexpected event. Each decision he makes turns to life changing events that he never expected. This book is an easy fun read as a prequel to Steve Breiten’s life as he discovers what really lies behind the woods.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have been writing since the age of nine. I was diagnosed with a benign face tumor that kept me from talking for a year. The only way to communicate to the world was writing. It became a passion and a way to express myself through creativity that I enjoy now as a young adult.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I remember when I was in the fifth grade and I had to do my first book report. The first book I ever read by myself was James and the Giant Peach. Today that book is still my top favorite. I also like 1984. I read that in school and thought it was very intriguing that it was easy for me to understand the Psychologicalbizarre concept the author was delivering. Of mice and Men has to be in my top. After those three, You can pick many of Stephen King novels and put them right there. I am a fan of his writing style.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Stephen King of course! I would ask him what inspired his unique writing skills.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Books are an escape from reality, and I offer up fantasy for the reader. Depending on the reader they may see themselves has character or not. The part I enjoy has the writer is offering up the escape since I myself love to escape in writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I live a remarkably busy lifestyle I am the father of five kids and work fulltime, as well. But whenever possible during my quite times I escape to writing and creating.

What scene from Lies Behind The Woods was your favorite to write?

I love the piecing of all the little breadcrumbs that lead to the final plot reveal and I try to imagine a rollercoaster feeling.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I don’t quit, but I adapt to life to reach my goals.

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Interview with Becki Willis, author of Rose by Any Other Name

What can you tell us about your new release, Rose by Any Other Name?

This is Book 10 of the series and was fun to write because it felt more “free.” Most of the loose threads from previous storylines have been tied into neat little bows, so this book could go in whatever direction the characters decided to take it. (They’re a bossy bunch, always taking over my plots and spinning the story in a different direction than I originally intend.) This time was no different, but it came together nicely in the end, and proved that not everything can be taken at face value.

Also, readers keep requesting more page time for the teenagers in the series, so this book has a sub-plot where the teens tackle their own mystery.

What books are currently on your night stand?

I’m a Kindle gal, myself. I have 3 Kindles of my own. My newest, the Oasis, is by my bed and has 120 books on it, with these in my To Read queue:

The Cavanaugh House (Finger Lakes Mysteries) by Elizabeth Mayette – currently reading

Southern Bred & Dead (Southern Ghost Hunters Series #9) by Angie Fox

Gators & Garters (A Miss Fortune Mystery #18) by Jana DeLeon

The Farmhouse (A Hickory Grove Novel) by Elizabeth Bromke

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Never give up. And don’t wait for the “right time” to pursue your dreams; make the time right for you.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Since the hour doesn’t exist, I think I’ll dedicate it to exercise.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My family– my husband of 39 years, two children and their spouses, five grandchildren. We live within a three-mile radius of one another and still spend a lot of time together, including holidays and vacations. I’m blessed to still have my mother. My family keeps me grounded!

What scene in Rose by Any Other Name was your favorite to write?

Any scene with Granny Bert is fun to write. She’s an 81-year-old spitfire who’s not afraid to say what she thinks, and she makes no apologies for being herself. She has a lot of quotes (most came from my own grandmother and my father), but one of my favorites from this book is:

“There are two things you can never change: your family and the past. You can learn from both, or learn to overcome them both, but there’s no use in pretending they don’t exist.”

Becki Willis is the author of the new book Rose by Any Other Name.

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Interview with K. Patrick Donoghue, Author of The GODD Chip

What can you tell us about your new release, The GODD Chip?

The GODD Chip is a futuristic tale about a world in which genetic engineering of humans has gone awry to the point where DNA alterations are banned. But the horse is already out of the barn, as some would say. Faulty “designer” genes have resulted in widespread mutations and there appears to be no way to stop them from perpetuating unless someone is willing to defy the prohibition on genetic alterations. Enter my main protagonist, Dr. Takoda Wells, a geneticist who has seen enough of the havoc wreaked by the mutations and sets out to resurrect an experimental device outlawed twenty-five years prior, the GODD chip. But he is opposed by factions who will stop at nothing to preserve the 22nd century world order, making Takoda’s quest a harrowing adventure.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I’m currently re-reading a WWII non-fiction book about the Battle of the Bulge titled A Time for Trumpets, by Charles B. MacDonald.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Engage and interact more with others and don’t sweat the small stuff.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

In the current environment, any outdoor activity without a mask.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Family. My sons are on their way out of the nest and I’m savoring the time with them before they embark on their own paths.

What scene in The GODD Chip was your favorite to write?

The scenes between a bounty hunter named Caelan Horn and an android named Ellie. Caelan was a fun character to write and I had a blast writing every scene in which he appeared.

K. Patrick Donoghue is the author of the new book The GODD Chip.

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Interview with Lorhainne Eckhart, author of The Family Secret

What can you tell us about your new release, The Family Secret?

Lies, deception and love, a big family secret that turns into a tangled web that affects everyone in the family. The Family Secret is a family story about a crime surrounding the six O’Connell siblings and their mother, about a father who disappeared 18 years ago, and questions arise about what really happened to Raymond O’Connell. This family has deep dark secrets and when a body is found and circumstantial evidence is manufactured, the DA is out for blood and it seems it doesn’t matter whose as long as it’s O’Connell blood as small town politics come into play and lives are destroyed. Although part of a series, each book can be read as stand alone, but like all series it contains references to situations from earlier books in the series, their changing relationships and how the O’Connell family lives continue to unfold.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

My kindle is usually beside my bed, and although I just finished Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls, I’m now currently writing The Return of the O’Connells, so my current nightstand reading is on hold. I do not read other authors when I’m writing, as soon as I’m done, I take a few days and binge read, I don’t have one favorite author and I tend to read a lot of different genres. I do prefer series especially about families, romance, suspense, mystery and prefer a mix of all.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

If only I could go back and have a redo, in all honestly, I have reminded myself I wouldn’t be who I am today if I did. So even though I’d love to go back and give advice to my teenage struggling misfit I likely wouldn’t, all because as hard as it was, going back and changing anything with the kind of advice to make things better, easier, wouldn’t have me being who I am today. But having said that my advice then would have been to love me and who I am, and it doesn’t matter what people say or believe about you. It only matters that you love you, no one else’s opinions matter so stop worrying about what people think of you. You have a great smile, look in the mirror and love everything about you, because your perfect and there is no such thing as failing or mistakes, because not doing anything is failing, trying and not succeeding is you’ve just learned something and move on and hold your head up high and try something else, try again. That’s what I would say to the teenage misfit who struggled for years trying to find her footing never realizing that, I am enough.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

First, I would remind myself that the extra hour is not for working. I would spend it likely outdoors with my kids having some fun, in my garden, playing some super competitive game with my kids, maybe do some family time fun dinner together. Because working all the time writing books, promoting is a seven day a week career, and balancing family life, fun and the life of a career author for me easily slips to more hours in a day. But just as important is reminding myself to make that me time and have some fun. Family, friends and anything outdoors. Considering since covid, the super-competitive dragonboat racing team we’re part of has been has been put on hold. We’ll hopefully see everyone back on the water next year.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

You mean other than being an author, which is my dream job. Seriously every morning it feels like Christmas to me as I put my feet on the ground because I love everything about being a career author. My kids who are now early twenties to late teens and they are a ton of fun and then there are early mornings which is my favorite time of the day, my life. Seriously I love who I am, where I live, morning coffee outside, the forest, the outdoors, the trees, my cat. The peace and quiet and the occasional bear that is sitting on my front lawn in the morning. It’s the little things too that I really appreciate and love, the wind on my face and then the storms. I seriously love when a big windy rainstorm blows in.

What scene in The Family Secret was your favorite to write?

There were a few pivotal scenes, including the last chapter, which I really really enjoyed. But it was one destructive moment in the O’Connell family where Iris’s home had been turned upside down, the destruction from law enforcement, the very personal violation that was done in such a cruel and thoughtless and deeply violating manner that had the family rallying and then one of their own showing up and forced to arrest a woman whose life was being destroyed all because of circumstantial evidence. It was the reaction of all the family, their desperation, and the fact their worlds were turned upside down. It was the reaction of the community, the spotlight and the cruelness that the family suddenly found themselves on the other side of the law and very much in the court of public opinion.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | September 8

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Lorhaiine Eckhart, K. Patrick Donoghue, Becki Willis, J.D. Robb, Ruth Ware, Janet Evanovich, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Books | September 2020

Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Books | September 2020

Your reading list is about to get an exciting injection thanks to these must-read mystery and thriller books! If you’ve been searching for some great reads, don’t miss these new novels from Joan Livingston, Lorhainne Eckhart, K. Patrick Donoghue, Alexi Venice, Becki Willis, and David Temple. Enjoy!


Killing the Story

by Joan Livingston

Release Date: August 26, 2020

The fourth book in The Isabel Long Mystery Series by Joan Livingston… Estelle Crane was the gutsy editor of The Observer newspaper who died after a hard fall on ice. Years later, her son discovers a cryptic note hinting her death might not have been an accident after all. Was Estelle pursuing a story that put her life in danger? That’s what Isabel Long and her 93-year-old mother, Maria, are investigating.

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The Family Secret

by Lorhainne Eckhart

Release Date: July 31, 2020

The ninth book in The O’Connells Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lorhainne Eckhart… Raymond O’Connell was the love of Iris’s life. From the day she met him, to the day a year later when she married him, to the tragic night before she never saw him again. Eighteen years later, questions arise about that night her husband disappeared when a bloody knife and a letter addressed to her are found. Iris can no longer keep her life with Raymond O’Connell buried.

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The GODD Chip

by K. Patrick Donoghue

Release Date: August 31, 2020

The first book in The Unity of Four Series by K. Patrick Donoghue… This post-apocalyptic technothriller takes place in the year 2137, amid the aftermath of the Genetic Revolution of the 2070s. An era where the craze of designer babies and gene replacement therapies led to generations of horrible mutations and the eventual ban of DNA alterations. Now a new outbreak of mutations threatens to wreak even more havoc.

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Standby Counsel

by Alexi Venice

Release Date: August 26, 2020

The second book in A Monica Spade Series from Amazon Bestselling Author Alexi Venice… Monica Spade insists she isn’t a trial lawyer. She definitely isn’t one that represents dangerous criminals. Despite her protests, Monica is ordered to serve as standby counsel for a young woman accused of repeatedly stabbing her boyfriend. Monica sets her fear aside and visits her new client in jail. Stela Reiter looks more like a meek librarian than a person capable of overpowering and stabbing a young man to death.

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Rose by Any Other Name

by Becki Willis

Release Date: August 13, 2020

The 10th book in The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series by bestselling author Becki Willis… A mysterious woman has moved to The Sisters and tongues start wagging. Why did Rose Belvedere move here of all places? Was that a body the movers stuffed into the van? Calls start to flood the police department but Chief Brash deCordova can’t do much without probable cause. But when Madison stumbles upon a gruesome discovery, all that changes.

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The Poser

by David Temple

Release Date: May 16, 2020

The first book in the Detective Pat Norelli Thriller Series by David Temple… It is Oscar night in Hollywood, and media darling Meredith Johansen has finally taken home a gold statue. Across town, rookie Detective Patricia Norelli is working late and trying to break through her own glass ceiling with a promotion in the LAPD. Their paths collide when Johansen is found dead in her home only hours after the oscar festivities ended. It was ruled a suicide but Norelli’s instinct says murder.

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Interview with Alexi Venice, Author of Standby Counsel

What can you tell us about your new release, Standby Counsel?

I’ll provide a quote from a Goodreads reviewer because she summarizes the story better than I could anyway😊 I replaced a few of her sentences with a bracketed ellipsis […] where there was a spoiler.

“This is one action-packed, keeps you guessing, can’t put it down, legal thriller! Alexi Venice knows how to write engaging and complex courtroom dramas. Standby Counsel is an exceptional tale of crime, drama and romance. Venice leaves her readers captivated till the very end!

Monica Spade practices civil law in the close-knit community of Apple Grove, Wisconsin, a normally quiet little Midwestern town. Life is pretty good for her. She’s in love with Shelby St. Claire, a beautiful high school art teacher. She’s enjoying practicing law inside the walls of Spade, Daniels and Taylor. It seems as if nothing could wipe the smile off her face, except maybe a phone call from a judge ordering her to serve as standby counsel…

Even though Monica tries her best to convince the judge that she is ill-equipped for the job, her arguments fall on deaf ears. The two-week trial that captures the interest and fascination of Apple Grove only proves to complicate the lives of Monica and her lover Shelby… The trial’s outcome is nothing anyone in Apple Grove could have predicted, especially Monica and Shelby.

The character development in this book is quite exceptional. Monica is viewed as the protagonist, while Stela is the antagonist. The character work devoted to Stela is nothing short of amazing. Venice really hits the mark here. Stela is a driven, powerful and motivated diabolical psychopath. Readers are meant to dislike her. However, even though they don’t care for her, they understand her. Warped as she is, they get what drives her and what motivates her. Stela cranks up the emotion and tension in this thriller-like any true villain should.

Monica’s character work and story arc are also nicely done. Readers connect and relate to her very easily. She plays the part of a flawed hero quite fittingly. Readers appreciate her imperfections with enthusiasm. She is likable and approachable; one cannot help but embrace her. Though she isn’t perfect, she is always kind, caring and loyal. One of her most attractive traits is her willingness to love with her whole heart, passionately and completely…

The pacing and plotting of this story are top-notch. There are so many riveting twists and turns; readers are more than likely to lose sleep turning pages into the night with this one. Venice’s own experience in the courtroom lends itself to a creative and well-written story. Once this story gets its talons into a reader, it does not want to let go.

Venice’s books don’t disappoint. If you enjoy high octane, suspense-filled legal thrillers, then I would strongly suggest getting this one. She knows how to entertain her readers with solid courtroom dramas that keep readers guessing. Standby Counsel should not be missed.” 5 Stars-The Lesbian Book Blog

Tell us more about Monica Spade. What makes her tick?

Monica is insecure, but she takes a strategic risk in her legal practice by accepting the appointment of standby counsel for Stela-the-slayer. Monica is terrified, but curious and courageous, so she braces herself to meet Stela at the jail. While terrified of Stela, Monica is also intrigued. She digs into the case because she’s curious and methodical. Monica has much to learn about manipulative clients and the practice of law, especially legal antics in the courtroom. In her personal life, Monica has some catching up to do in the dating world. She doesn’t want to come off as naïve to Shelby in matters of the heart, but she’s never fallen for a woman like she has for Shelby.

What makes Monica and Shelby such a great couple?

They don’t compete with each other on any level. Monica is attracted to Shelby’s beauty and sweet personality, and Shelby is attracted to Monica’s smart mind and genuine, transparent love. Monica feels like Shelby is too good for her, but women hit on Monica all the time, so she is just maturing into her own sexual appeal. Each woman approaches their relationship with tenderness and respect, acknowledging that their chemistry in bed is undeniable.

What inspired you to write a legal thriller about a young woman who stabs her boyfriend to death?

During my day job as a practicing attorney, I became involved in a murder trial where a young woman stabbed a man to death in the back seat of her car. While working closely with the District Attorney to prepare my clients to testify, I became immersed in the evidence and courtroom battle. That televised drama was inspirational for me to write this novel, which contains different characters, a new set of facts, and a heady dose of international intrigue.

As an attorney, do you write a lot about legal events in your real world?

My 31-year career has provided some spicy vignettes that inform my writing. A few lessons I’ve learned are that initial facts aren’t always supported by the evidence, DNA evidence can be manipulated if you understand the medicine, and people aren’t always who they claim to be.

In the first Monica Spade book, Conscious Bias, I explored several angles of bias regarding a young white man accused of killing a Saudi foreign exchange student. This was based on actual events and a murder trial in which my clients testified. There are arrows of bias flying all over in that story, including at Monica Spade. I’m not trying to avoid controversy. Instead, I’m attempting to unearth some deep-rooted stereotypical biases in small-town America.

In Standby Counsel, I challenge the perceptions of a seemingly helpless woman, her assertion of self-defense, and deeper layers of her motives.

Initially, I was nervous about the reception for brutal storylines, but I’ve been pleased that readers have embraced the Monica Spade Series and have really embraced Monica and her girlfriend, Shelby. Since I’ve personally experienced many of the events in Monica’s world, I believe her narrative is authentic and genuine.

Why do you write legal and crime drama with lesbian romance?

The old adage is to write about what you know, and I feel comfortable writing about legal drama, the courtroom theater, and unexpected things that might, or might not, happen in hospitals. I also delight in adding dark humor to heavy issues, so playful dialogue and subplots are intentionally woven into my storylines.

In addition, the books I enjoy have a little romance in them, so I always include romance in my legal and crime dramas. Both the Monica Spade Series and the San Francisco Mystery Series have lesbian romances. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve written plenty of straight romance, but the market is flooded with male heroes who get the girl at the end, so I’m offering an alternative—the female heroine who vanquishes the female villain and gets “the girl” at the end😊.

By the way, I’m an equal-opportunity writer, so the antagonists in my books are mostly female as well. Who says the “bad guy” has to be a guy at all? I love writing about seriously flawed, powerful women with deadly skill sets who commit heinous crimes. I know, right? Don’t be intimidated. My female heroines—Monica Spade and District Attorney Amanda Hawthorne—have the guts to take them on.

I also adore the supporting cast of strong men around Monica—her mentor and senior partner of their law firm, Jim Daniels; and her friend and peer, the fiery litigator, Nathan Taylor.

Do any of your characters go rogue, refusing to do what you had planned for them?

Yes! Two characters unexpectedly stormed center stage in Standby Counsel. My editor helped me work through their backstories and encouraged me to craft their twisty-turny subplot. I spent long bike rides thinking about their subversive agenda and how Monica would strategically deal with them. I processed and processed, then the story miraculously took shape, and I ultimately felt blessed that they inserted themselves into my story. Despite outlining Standby Counsel, or perhaps because of it, there were truly magical moments during the creative process that made this story special for me to write.

Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?

I invite readers to visit my website at www.alexivenice.com; check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/alexivenicenovels; or follow Alexi Venice on Instagram.

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Interview with Joan Livingston, Author of Killing the Story

What can you tell us about your new release, Killing the Story?

Isabel Long, an amateur private investigator, uses her skills as a former long-time journalist to solve cold cases in the hilltowns of Western Mass. For her fourth, she is investigating the death of a small town newspaper editor, which might not have been an accident after all. One of the obstacles Isabel faces is the local police chief, who makes it clear she is not welcome in his town or looking into this case. But then again, the chief and the victim have a dark history. Could there be a connection? Isabel is brave enough to find out. This book can stand on its own, but those following the series get to enjoy the characters, settings, and story lines that I carry over on these books.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I was fortunate to have teachers and professors who made me believe I am a writer. In college, I fancied myself a poet. But I had a serious writers block afterward during the time I raised six kids and my creative energy certainly went into them. Funny though, I still believed I was a writer although I couldn’t get anything down. Then, I got this very part-time gig as a correspondent for the local newspaper covering the small town (1,200 people) where I lived. I was not only writing again, but observing people and listening to the way they talked. But my fiction didn’t take off until I became a news editor. (Being a reporter is a lot of work.) Suddenly, all the pieces came together and I couldn’t go a day without writing fiction, which has become such an important and rewarding part of my life. But the path to becoming a published author was harder. As I say, there’s writing and then there is the business of writing.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I would say any book that makes me forget I am reading it goes to the top of my list. But if I have to choose the top five: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey; The Shipping News by Annie Proulx; Animal Farm by George Orwell; Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask

Stephen King, not to talk about his genre, but about the topic of writing. He wrote one of the best books on the topic, On Writing, in which he says writing is telepathic. I heartily agree and would want to learn more about his experience.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I’d say totally losing myself in it, that when I write, I am thinking and doing nothing else.

What is a typical day like for you?

I am the editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper, which naturally consumes a great deal of my time. So, I get up very early, typically 5-5:30 a.m. to write after making coffee and something to eat. I don’t do quotas but I typically end up with 500 more words for WIP. Then, I head to the newsroom. On the weekends, I certainly can devote more of my time to my writing.

What scene from Killing the Story was your favorite to write?

It was also the trickiest to write, that ah-ha moment when Isabel solves the crime. Sorry. I can’t tell you any more about it or I will spoil it for readers.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I seek the best possible outcome for any situation I face.

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Interview with David Temple, Author of The Poser

What can you tell us about your new release, The Poser?

The Poser is my first mystery thriller. It stars rookie Detective Patricia “Pat” Norelli who has a chance at cracking her first big case. She’s smart, beautiful, and lives in the shadow of her very successful older brother—also a cop, and her father—an LA Circuit Court Judge. She has a lot to prove. So when a case pops up that is called a suicide, she sees it differently…and puts her job on the line to prove it. Pat is divorced, a single mother with a daughter soon off to college, and has a bit of a swinging door of boyfriends, when it comes to relationships.

For readers who enjoy Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, or John Sanford’s Lucas Davenport, they’ll enjoy my Pat Norelli.

As a bit of background, I use LA, and Hollywood specifically, as a backdrop because I lived there on three different “tours,” working as a radio host, an actor, and a VoiceOver talent. The city pulls you in, making you—along with everyone else, think they’re a star.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always loved the art of story. And thanks to my mother—an insatiable reader, I’ve always enjoyed the escape of a good book. I’ve been a storyteller for most of my life; working as a Radio Host for nearly 25 years—mostly as a Morning Man, being a VoiceOver actor for over two decades, and acting in Television and Film for nearly a decade. Each of those jobs involved telling stories and/or selling products/services.

So when it was time to move along—after Corporate Consolidation killed the radio star —I turned to my next love: writing. Now in my “third chapter of life,” I want to spend my next career writing books and turning them into television shows and/or feature films.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Tough question, I have so many. I’ll just toss out the first 5 that come to mind: (1) Don Winslow’s THE FORCE, (2) Lou Berney’s NOVEMBER ROAD, (3) Jack Carr’s SAVAGE SON, (4) Tom Wolfe’s BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, and (5) TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask

It’s a toss-up between Henry David Thoreau, because I admire the simplicity of his inspiration, and Elmore Leonard, as I have always admired his supreme craft of concise storytelling. They are both fascinating and highly creative individuals. If I could have them both of the show, I’d ask them where they found “the magic” that sparked their imaginations. I’m certain the conversation would take on a life of its own!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Creating people and their conversations from thin air. It’s amazing to me, to this very day, to have characters “come alive” to me as they do, as well as the way they stay with me long after the story is complete.

What is a typical day like for you?

I am up at 5 AM, six days a week (I’ll sleep until 6 on Sundays). I get a coffee, gather my thoughts, and usually begin working around 5:30. The earlier I begin my creative work, the better off I am, as the quiet is truly the best place to create with reckless abandon.

I’ll work until 10, take a 15 minute break to stretch, coffee and such, then work until Noon, where I’ll stop for an hour to eat and relax, usually in my back yard with my dog. I’ll work until about 3 where I’ll take either a 15-min cat-nap, or a double-espresso— depending upon mood, and usually wrap sometime around 5.

Note: I like to create new work in the first half of the day, using the latter half for either brainstorming, or for social/admin work. I’ll work out every day, somewhere in between.

What scene from The Poser was your favorite to write?

While I thoroughly enjoyed creating the character of Pat Norelli, I particularly enjoy crafting bad guys. And in Chapter 77 “Handy Work,” you get to experience the crucial turning point of the story when you learn who the bad guy is (if you haven’t figured it out yet), and see first hand just how evil his dark side is.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I try to be kind to everyone I meet. Kindness takes such little effort, yet creates such deep goodness.

As for quotes, I have a few faves: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,” by Emerson.

And Thoreau said, “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

David Temple is the author of the new book The Poser.

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