Author Inteview: Danielle K. Roux

Author Interview

Meet Danielle K. Roux.

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Social media links
Twitter: @DKRoux
Instagram: @DanielleKRoux
Facebook: @DanielleKRoux
Website (which I always forget about): http://www.dkroux.com

The Interview.

Hi Danielle!
Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in San Francisco with my wife and two orange cats. I write weird queer fantasy, drink coffee, and build houses on the Sims. I like true crime and dark fantasy, but I also like fluffy weird books that have a lot of heart. I teach and tutor kiddos with dyslexia so I can spread the joy of reading to them (we always read The Lightening Thief). I have purple hair right now, but I’m probably going to chop it all off soon.

What is your favorite part of writing? The freedom? The characters? The setting?
I like creating characters who get to experience things I’ve experienced so that I feel less alone. Usually there’s several layers of twisted nonsense between my experience and the characters – like they’re having panic attacks while solving riddles in a ruined city, not while trying to find parking at Trader Joe’s. I also enjoy populating a sort of serious fantasy world with people who just want to watch old movies and complain about the lack of eggs, the contrast is fun.
Top three favorite characteristics to give a MC; to give a secondary character.
MC – Quick wit, crippling self-doubt, cool eyes
Secondary – Sarcasm, empathy, cool eyes
Favorite genre to write for?
Fantasy! I’ve been doing sort of mash-up urban fantasy/magical realism/mystery and write now I’m working on a space fantasy. Always gay, but that’s not a genre, that’s just inherently imbued in my writing.
For 2020, do you have any trips planned for writing inspiration?
I’m going to Orlando in February, I’ve not been in like twenty-something years! I’m excited to go to Harry Potter World and pretend I’m at Hogwarts or fight dementors or whatever one does there. I’m also going to BookCon in May which is super inspiring because I’ll get to meet all the cool writers who support me!
If you could co-write with any other author, who would it be?
My BookCon 2019 roomie and author of The Halves of Us Trilogy, Sydney Page Richardson! I think we need to re-write the Babysitter’s Club books but make them spooky and gay.
Plotter? Panster? Both?
I am such a pantser, it’s not even funny. I try to plan out some things, but I ignore them, and just write what I want while drafting. It helps to have editors come back and be like “this makes literally no sense”. Sometimes it really doesn’t, and I can’t even pretend that I wanted it to make sense. I like confusing, twisty, twining things, and I like to push boundaries between realities but sometimes it’s a bit much.
What has been your greatest author experience so far?
Meeting so many amazing writers, I feel like I have a lot in common with way more people than I ever thought. Also, seeing my novel featured on Tor.com as an upcoming fantasy release was incredibly thrilling. There’s been another thing, but it’s still a secret and I’m not sure it will work because reasons but I’m hopeful.
What do you have planned for the new year?
Finishing up my gay space pirate WIP, starting the draft of book 3 of This Will Kill That, editing book 2, going to BookCon. I also have a short story in an anthology, it’s a ghost story which will be coming soon. There’s also the secret project which might not be a secret anymore by the time this interview posts, so, that.
And I plan on reading a lot of books and drinking a lot more tea.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for more weirdness.

 

Thank you Danielle for stopping by.

 

 

Check out any of Danielle’s social media links for more information!

Day 3: True Crime / Crime Fiction; Kimberly McGath

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Meet Kimberly McGath.

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Kimberly McGath received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.  Kimberly McGath ‘s law enforcement career spanned more than a decade in which she worked in the Special Victims Unit, Mounted Patrol, and the Criminal Investigations Bureau. McGath was the first and only detective in her agency to discover the whereabouts of a clandestine grave without an informant. McGath exhumed the body of this female victim which led her on a hunt of a serial killer.

McGath worked in various undercover roles and obtained many confessions from murderers and other violent felons. McGath earned the nicknames “Tenacious K” and “Bulldog” due to her relentless pursuit of the truth.

McGath received various academic awards and was recognized by the U.S. Secret Service for her investigation which led to the recovery of a fugitive from Kansas who had been in hiding for over twenty years. McGath has worked high-profile cold cases which have received worldwide media attention. McGath is also a singer/songwriter, a married mother of three, and nona.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.kimberlymcgath.com
Twitter: @kimmcgath
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1Qy1T2J
Instagram:  kimberlymcgath
LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/1NL8inY

You Tube Channel: http://bit.ly/2bJh4aV

Guest Post – Beyond In Cold Blood

A lot of my readers ask me, “Why do you write?” The answer, at least in my case, is simple—I compose because I am obliged. Not for recognition, not for fame, and not even for money, but for my deep need to spread the truth…a compulsion, if you will. Writing has become part of my homeostasis.
Years ago, while working a 1959 cold case, I identified Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, the two killers immortalized in Truman Capote’s novel, In Cold Blood, as those responsible for the murders of a family of four. During this investigation, I started to journal. In fact, I needed to do so. It struck me as odd, because I have always preferred Mathematics to English, and had never written even a short story up until that point, so the desire to put fingers to the keys mystified my sense of logic.
Stumbling upon the identity of the Zodiac killer placed me, again, in this precarious position; only this time…there was not only a need to type, but to publish. Having investigated high-profile cases, I felt confident the only way to shed light on this decades-old mystery, was to share it with the public. In this inquiry, there was a sense of urgency, because the Zodiac killer is still alive, so a confession is still possible.
Providing closure and comfort to the family members of cold case victims, enhancing the understanding of the criminal mind to assist in the apprehension of criminals, and the prevention of future offenses are amongst my reasons for writing true crime. Recently though, I felt a need to divert myself from that genre, and step into medical literature. Having a child with a rare eye disease, I felt it prudent to tell that story, in the hopes of helping someone, most likely a person I have never met.
It is time to confess though, once bitten by the writing bug, my creative side yearned to awaken. Dabbling in fiction is a much-welcomed escape from the macabre material of late, and rather fun, but admittedly, my true passion is music. Whilst I am an accidental author, I will always be a musician at heart. Composing music, writing lyrics, and singing is what nourishes my soul. As there are many undertakings I need to accomplish, this is the one creative process for which I constantly yearn.
So for all of you aspiring authors out there who are wondering if you should, the answer is already before you. If you follow your gut, the rest will fall into place. Don’t worry about agents, editors, and publishers, just start tapping away at the keys, and you never know where they will take you.

Day 3: True Crime / Crime Fiction; LM Krier

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Meet LM Krier.

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Lesley Krier Tither is a retired journalist, copywriter and copy edit or who now writes full-time. She started out in journalism as a court reporter and coroner’s court reporter in Greater Manchester. She later worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales.

She has always enjoyed writing and at the age of just sixteen, she sold a storyline for an episode of the High Chaparral television series to Screen Gems Studios, California. She always claims that it remains the highest fee she ever received for a single piece of work.

After taking some time out of writing to indulge her other passion, horses (owning a holiday riding centre in Wales and later managing a large equestrian centre in Lincolnshire) she became a freelance copywriter and copy editor, working for a major advertising agency. She also worked as an investigative reporter for an international investigations company.

In 2007, she decided to leave the UK and move to France with her brother and their elderly mother, 89, who suffered from vascular dementia. When her mother died four years later, she began writing travel memoirs about her move to France, the Sell the Pig series, published under the pen-name Tottie Limejuice. The books went on to become best-sellers in many countries.

Crime fiction has always been her preferred genre to read and to watch on television so in early 2016, she wrote her first crime thriller in the DI Ted Darling series, under the pen-name L M Krier. There are now six books in the series, with a seventh under way: Baby’s Got Blue Eyes, Two Little Boys, When I’m Old and Grey, Shut Up and Drive, Only the Lonely, and Wild Thing.

Writing as L M Krier, she was also written a junior crime thriller (illustrated), The Dog with the Golden Eyes.

Author Links

https://www.facebook.com/LMKrier/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1450797141836111/

https://twitter.com/tottielimejuice

Guest Post – Keep it real

Whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, true crime or something entirely the product of your imagination, one thing is certain. Today’s reader is no fool. Almost everyone is armed with Google (other search engines are available) and is not afraid to use it.

Make a mistake somewhere in what you are writing and someone, somewhere, will pick up on it. I was pulled up for a taxi driver taking the wrong route to transport my main character, DI Ted Darling, to the police station when his car broke down.

In fiction, authors can hide behind the standard catch-all disclaimer: ‘This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or locales is entirely coincidental.’

In my case, the police station I write about is not the actual one in my old home town of Stockport, rather one situated in a deliberately unnamed part of the town, so, in fact, the taxi driver wasn’t going to long way round to hike up his fare. I got away with it – just – as my explanation was reasonable.

Try doing something like that in true crime or any other type of non-fiction and see what happens. A great friend of mine is a total WWII buff. His trips here are always punctuated with visits to Resistance museums. He was ranting to me recently about some wartime history he was reading which put a place north-east of somewhere when it should have been south-east. The point is that anyone who is passionately interested in a subject is likely to know it well – perhaps as well, or even better, than an author who writes about it. Unless they do their homework.

If, for example, you want to write about the famous Jack the Ripper case, you need to know your Canonical Five from the Pinchin Street torso. Because if you don’t, your readers well.

When you write non-fiction, you need copious and meticulous notes to avoid such errors. It’s a good idea to employ the same system in fiction writing, too. Suppose you embark on writing your first thriller or mystery, not really knowing if it’s going to morph into a series or not. You create a main character. For illustration, let’s make her an investigative reporter called Penny Arkwright.

Penny drives a Mini Cooper, likes Pink Floyd and lives with her mum. She’s always got her mobile phone clamped to her left ear, scribbling away in short-hand with the pen in her right hand. Fast-forward to Book 7 in the series and we suddenly have left-handed Penny scribbling away with the phone to her right ear.

Oops! If you’re very lucky, those who spot the error will email you or contact you on social media. If you’re unlucky, you’ll get a load of low-star reviews from angry fans ranting about how you’ve changed Penny part-way through a series. And that’s far harder to explain away than moving a police station.

My personal tip for overcoming such howlers? I keep a ‘Ted bible’ in which I make careful note of anything and everything about characters who recur. Mine’s untidy and scribbled in a Star Wars diary (all I could find in the shop at the time!) rather than a smart Excel spreadsheet.

But I do keep it, and update it, religiously. Because although I may forget things about my characters, the fans never will, and I respect them too much to make basic errors.

Day 3: True Crime / Crime Fiction; Daithi Kavanagh

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Meet Daithi Kavanagh

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My name is Daithi Kavanagh. I am 57 years old and am a late starter to many things. I am currently studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage studies. I also play music – Irish ballads in the local pubs around my hometown of Wexford. My two kids also play and join me on a regular basis. I live in a beautiful part of Wexford a tiny village called Trinity with my wife, two children/teenagers, two dogs and a cat. My two books in The Tadhg Sullivan Series materialized when I first went back to studying. I found a love for English when I went back to school which spurred my writing on and I haven’t stopped since.I have always loved reading and this has definitely had an influence on my writing style. I read mainly crime fiction especially Arnaldur Indriðason and Stieg Larsson.

Author Links:

Guest Post – My experiences as a writer
Hello everyone! I am delighted to be taking part in this great Mystery/Thriller week.
I am an author with Tirgearr Publishing and hail from Wexford, Ireland. I have two crime thrillers published with Tirgearr – The Gun and The Brotherhood. These stories are centered on Detective Tadhg Sullivan and are stand-alone stories. I am currently editing my third book in the series called The Crucifixion.
There is of course a bit of me in all my stories. I try to make the characters and the situations that they find themselves in as believable as possible. Sullivan’s character may be flawed, yet he is equally as heroic as a lot of the straight up, hard boiled detectives we encounter. I try to make all the characters in my books ‘human’ and hope that I show that there is usually a ‘past’ behind the actions of my characters. A political theme runs through all of my books which I find hard to avoid as it is a big driving force in my life. The Gun was written at a time in my life when Ireland was going through a recession which affected me and a lot of people I know. It goes to show that out of difficult situations the creative juices can flow! My home town of Wexford is featured a lot in my books and this gives me great pleasure as I absolutely love this beautiful seaside town in the sunny South East of Ireland. It’s a great privilege to be able to include Wexford in my books.
Making the time to write is a recurring challenge with me – I’m sure I am not alone! We all have busy lives, jobs, kids, study. In my case I went back to education in my fifties and am currently studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies. I find it very rewarding but also very time consuming. I have to consciously make time for my writing and find the best time for me is in the evening. I take to the bed away from everyone. I also walk our two dogs in the forest near where we live and find I get plenty of ideas when I’m out in the fresh air.
It will be great to see how other authors work and to share our writing experiences. I am looking forward to participating in this event and to reading other writers experiences and interacting with readers.

Day 3: True Crime/Crime Fiction; Stephen Bentley

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Meet Stephen Bentley.

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Website

Former UK Detective Sergeant, undercover cop, barrister (trial counsel). Now a writer, MTW author, blogs at HuffPost UK.

Author of Amazon UK #1 Best Seller Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story

 

Guest Post – When Crime Pays: True Crime For Authors
When Rae asked me to write a guest post on her new blog I thought, ‘why me?’ She added that it must be “related to writing” and I could choose the topic. It was also made clear to me what you are now reading would appear during Mystery Thriller Week on one of the “themed days.” Those themes included, inter alia, ‘non-fiction writing’ and ‘true crime.’ My post just about crosses over between those two themes. The reason for that is simple: my best seller Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story falls into those two genres. It is a frank account of my undercover cop days in the UK.
I do write in other genres, including one fiction novella. It is written in a pseudonym, mainly because I am still practicing the art of fiction writing before my “masterpiece” is revealed to the world.
But suffice to say, I think I know a thing or two about writing a memoir and true crime.
Enough of me, what about you? You are probably reading this as an aspiring writer. After all, I doubt whether James Patterson has any interest in my views. You are unsure of yourself and trying to soak up all the good advice you can. ‘Tip Number One’ in non-fiction writing, especially if a memoir – be honest! If you have a story to tell, and many do, pour it out, get it down on paper. As Thomas Wolfe once wrote, “Writing is easy. Just put a sheet of paper in the typewriter and start bleeding.1”
Don’t worry about two things. Firstly, have the courage of your convictions; if you are scared of offending then don’t write. Second, let an editor tidy up the prose and grammar after you have “bled” all over the paper.
As for true crime, that can cover a number of types of books. As an author, you need not be an actor in the play unless it is a memoir such as mine. For some reason best known to sociologists, crime fascinates many people. There is an audience and readership for books and movies in the genre.
For me, many of the best books in the genre are biographical. That involves a lot of meticulous research. Readers are not looking for an academic paper based on some historical crime. No, it’s far better if you as the author can develop a new theory or slant on an old story. A good example of the type of book I refer to is Zodiac: Settling the Score by Kimberly Mcgath, a fellow MTW author. Like me, she is also a former detective and uses her skills to dig over serial killings attributed to the Zodiac. I will avoid spoilers thus refrain from commenting further.

I am sure Kimberly will understand when I say an even better example is In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote. Barnes & Noble say this about it:

Capote’s account of the brutal murders of Herbert Clutter, his wife, and two of their four children in Holcolm, Kansas, is one of the finest examples of investigative journalism out there. Capote writes with the finesse and prowess that made him one of the best storytellers of our time. It’s emotional, but so well-researched that it’s obvious Capote took thousands of pages of notes in the process of getting into the lives of the victims and criminals in a way nobody else could.

What did I just say about “well-researched?”
I hail from the UK and one of my all-time favourite true crime books has to be The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson. It tells of a gruesome but fascinating East End of London crime gang in the 1960’s. It is fascinating because it deals with the double standards in local attitudes towards the Kray brothers who were psychopaths. Locals idolized them even knowing just what they were capable of. I always found that rather strange.
Yet, whichever way one assesses true crime, these facts remain. It has to be factual, well-researched and documented but with enough story-telling ability to hold the reader’s attention.

Crime does indeed pay!

Mystery Thriller Week 2017 Line Up

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Hello everyone!

The fun begins as Mystery Thriller Week 2017 (#MysteryThrillerWeek or #MTW) kicks off tomorrow. This is the biggest mystery event for the genre!

Below is the lineup I have for the event. Each day for the next 10 days I will be hosting a number of authors, each contributing a guest post from writing mystery to a how to guide when working with audiobooks. There is a little something for everyone!

A big thanks to all the authors who participated! It has certainly been an exciting adventure and opportunity.

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Day 1 – Mystery

10AM – Kristina Stanley

12PM – Mahrie G. Reid

 

Day 2 – Cozy Mystery

8AM – Mary Angela

10AM – Hope Callaghan

12PM – Elizabeth Spann Craig

2PM – Jean Rabe

 

Day 3 – True Crime / Crime Fiction

8AM – Stephen Bentley

10AM – Daithi Kavanagh

12PM – L M Krier

2PM – Kimberly McGath

 

Day 4 – Thriller

8AM – Scott Bell

10AM – Sandra Block

12PM – D.M Barr

 

Day 5 – Romance

8AM – Vicki Batman

10AM – Zaheera Walker

12PM – Lily Black

2PM – Leslie Tentler

 

Day 6 – Paranormal

8AM – Stephen Morris

10AM – Brian McKinley

12PM – Scott Lerner

 

Day 7 – Writing

8AM – Rayne Hall

10AM – Anne Janzer

12PM – Kris Keppeler

2PM – Karen A. Wyle

4PM – Michael Smorenburg

 

Day 8 – Historical

8AM – Suzanne Adair

10AM – Maggi Andersen

12PM – Edwin Herbert

2PM – Assaph Mehr

4PM – Geoffrey Monmouth

 

Day 9 – Psychological

10AM – Rosa Fedele

10:30AM – Guest Review of Rose Fedele’s book The Red Door

12PM – Mary Ann D’Alto

2PM – Valerie Joan Connors

4PM – Sue Coletta

 

Day 10 – YA/Middle Grade

8AM – Jackie Amsden

10AM – Robbie Cheadle

12PM – Carrie Cross

2PM – Stephen C. Perkins

4PM – Shelley Pickens

6PM – Laura Wolfe

Want more?

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