Why mysteries? Why not some other genre?
Mysteries are fascinating because you can do anything in a mystery. You have to have a compelling story that carries the reader. It has an extra element that is beyond just character and literary process. I am fascinated by the story one must weave for a mystery.
How much of your life finds its way into your books?
A writer can only write mostly from experience in terms of the base characters. In mysteries, the plot can be from fantasy, but the actual characters must be reality based or they don't work.
What books do you like to read?
Primarily mysteries. I like James Lee Burke, because his New Orleans series have a great sense of place and a character who is vibrant and multi-faceted. His stories are always well crafted. Specifically his plots, which have surprising twists.
Are your plots inspired by current events?
Yes. When I write I love to use a past real event and create future consequences for my characters. For instance, the book I am working on now involves three gay characters and a black cop at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. In Casualty Loss, I had characters that had been in a '60s commune, which led to current consequences in their lives.
What are your long-term goals as a writer?
To transition from my accounting profession into a writing career in which I am able to continue to write and produce stories people want to read.