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Retired FBI criminal profiler available for questions

Would you like to ask a criminal profiler a question about his business? This week on my blog, guest writer Pete Klismet (retired FBI criminal profiler and consultant to other LE agencies) is…Continue

Tags: non-fiction, books, profiling, criminal, FBI

Started Jul 26, 2013

Any discouraged writers out there?
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Any discouraged writers out there? Just read a great interview with crime novelist James Lee Burke. Here is what he wants you to remember:“Don’t ever quit. Never quit. Never show anybody you’re hurt.…Continue

Tags: rejection, encouragement, writing, Burke, Lee

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hunter Emkay Jan 6, 2012.

Selling Print Copies outside the US
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Here is another opportunity for me to demonstrate my ignorance ... again! Those of us who are indie authors/publishers  offer our novels both as eBooks and print. Since I must do pretty much…Continue

Tags: marketing, eBooks, novels, publishing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benedict J Jones Oct 24, 2011.

Authors: Are You Sleeping With The Enemy?
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Have you been following the uproar between author Keana Davenport and Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin? According to a…Continue

Tags: Riverhead, Books, Davenport, Keana, writing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dana King Oct 22, 2011.

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Monterey, California
About Me:
Currentl job: a crime mystery novelist. In my earlier life, I was in law enforcement for twenty-six years and a newspaper reporter for six years. Survived that and Vietnam and still sane.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
"The Sun Also Rises" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway "Try Darkness" series and all his fiction & non-fiction books by James Scott Bell "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers "The Painted House" by John Grisham "The Great Divide" by T. Davis Bunn "In High Places" by Tom Morrisey "The Novelist" and others by Angela Hunt "The Cure" by Athol Dickson "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci Brandilyn Collins' Kanner Lake Series novels and others "City of Bones" and the whole series by Michael Connelly "Betrayal" and others by John Lescroart Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" and "Farewell my Lovely" and others "The Thin Man" and "The Maltese Falcom" by Dashiell Hammett Robert Crais' Joe Pike novels "Piercing the Darkness" by Frank E. Peretti "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hossein "Odd Thomas" and other books by Dean Koontz "First the Dead" by Tim Downs "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski "The Bone Garden" by Tess Gerritsen "The Onion Field" by Joseph Wambaugh "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote "Up In Honey's Room" and others by Elmore Leonard any of Jeff Shaara's fictional history novels "Just As I Am" by Bill Graham (Jerry Jenkins) "Blue Like Jazz" by Donald Miller and The Bible--the book that compares to no other.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: Casablanca, Fugitive, 3:10 to Yuma, True Grit, all the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon movies, all the Dirty Harry movies,Untouchables with Kevin Costner, and Heat.

TV: 24, Fringe, Closer, Law & Order, Burn, Leverage, and The Good Wife.

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Geting Inside A Cop's Head: Interview with Ellen Kirschman, Police Kirschman

F iction writers are always trying to figure out what makes a cop tick. What makes cops run toward danger rather than fleeing from danger? Are there any psychological motivations and stresses that might make a law enforcement officer crack or cross the line between law abider and law breaker? How far can their characters be pushed in the novel until their world…


Posted on January 14, 2014 at 4:19am

Writing A Crime Novel Without Getting Busted

By Mark Young

After chasing crooks for a number of years as a cop, I forget that some writers might break out in hives trying to figure out to write about the slimy side of life—interaction and investigation of the criminal world. Some writers’ life experiences might not have afforded them the opportunity to have a gangster in their face telling…


Posted on March 30, 2013 at 2:17am

Interview: NYT bestselling author John Lescroart

It has been more than two years since New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart visited us here on Hook’em & Book’em. There has been a least one major change in his writing career since that time which we will cover in the Q&A section below. It has been too long. Join me as we find out what has been happening in John’s literary world since we last…


Posted on March 21, 2013 at 7:10am

Interview: Author Vincent Zandri

By Mark Young

One of my favorite authors is Ernest Hemingway. As I prepared to interview our guest—international bestselling novelist Vincent Zandri—I could not help but make comparisons between these two men. Both men traveled extensively in Europe, loved to write, spent an awful lot of time in cafes and bars, and enjoyed the…


Posted on February 23, 2012 at 2:00am

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At 5:27pm on September 17, 2011, Sunny Frazier said…

Seems we have much in common. Navy vet (Vietnam era), newspaper reporter, 17 years with the Sheriff's Dept. (11 working with an undercover narcotics team). Two books published and several anthologies.


Are you attending Left Coast Crime, Sacramento? 

At 10:19am on June 4, 2011, Jennifer Thomson said…
Thanks Mark, I've finished the first edit on the Kirsty book. Just one to go after this and it's showtime.
At 3:56am on June 4, 2011, Jennifer Thomson said…

Thanks for your friends request, Mark. You have an amazing background for a crime writer. It will certainly help get your work noticed.


At 11:55pm on June 3, 2011, Sullivan Lee said…

Glad to meet you, Mark!


At 9:57am on May 22, 2011, Mary McFarland said…

And yours, Mark.  Thanks.  Look forward to seeing you here. 

At 4:30am on May 22, 2011, Mary McFarland said…
Hi, Mark.  Yes, I am an aspiring fiction writer:, a technical writer by profession.  Just finished my second novel and am in the query process with it (mystery) and my first (romantic suspense).  I'm launching a content-rich blog and would love to get to know more about you. I'm working to connect writers with ex-law enforcement persons like yourself to provide the kind of technical edits many manuscripts need. 
At 9:54pm on February 5, 2011, Mark Porter said…
Mark, really enjoyed the first part of your blog. I'm sure all of that life xperience has informed your writing, too. I used to work as a Probation Officer and spent some time in prisons, it certainly influenced how I approach my writing.
At 12:06pm on November 8, 2010, Cathryn Grant said…
Thanks for the welcome, Mark. Hope you had a good weekend!
At 10:55pm on October 21, 2010, Kathryn Lilley said…
Hi Mark, thanks for the friendship, and glad you're liking the Kill Zone! We love getting your comments over there. Cheers, Katryn
At 10:47am on February 14, 2010, Reece Hirsch said…
Thanks, John. I like Walnut Creek, but I'd take Monterey any day. With law enforcement, journalism and Vietnam in your background, I'm guessing you have some material for a few books. Best, Reece

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