I'm the author of the contemporary mystery/thriller Thicker Than Blood and its sequel Lifeblood. Both feature Rachel Chavez, a recovering alcoholic who owns a parking garage in downtown Los Angeles. I'm also the author of as well as the historical mystery/thriller Listen to the Mockingbird, set in southern New Mexico during the Civil War. Lifeblood and Mockingbird were released fall 2007. I've worked as a bartender, truck driver, chile picker, musician, science writer, and medical writer. I've also taught journalism at New Mexico State University. I received a 2003 Eppie, and was a finalist in five national fiction competitions. My work in nonfiction has won more than 50 national writing/editing awards, including an international Gold Quill. I've lived most of my life in New Mexico, with a few detours to the East and West coasts.
Deon Meyer's Dead at Daybreak and Heart of the Hunter
Michael Connelly's The Poet
John LeCarre's work, especially The Constant Gardner and the Little Drummer Girl
Anything by Graham Greene
(Maybe I need to find something funny. Anyone know a good humorous novel?)
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Bill Moyer's documentaries
C-Span Washington Journal
Recent film favorites:
(Hmmm. These seem a bit diverse, but I guess that says something.)
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Hi Penny, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
KARMA - the screenplay came about after I had written a novel version and decided to challenge myself as I had always been interested in screenwriting. The screenplay is quite a bit different from the novel and I've learned a lot as I've gone through the rewriting process, and the Praxis fellowship is delivering even more insight. Currently, it's on the desk of a screenplay agent and also in the hands of a Canadian producer who's making some noise about wanting to buy it, but it's never a deal until it's a deal, and even then . . . .
Hiya, Penny! Nice to hear from you. Fatal Fixer-Upper (glad you like the title) was always intended as the first in a series. Actually, my publisher approached me, after we submitted something else to them, and asked if I'd be interested in writing a series about a renovator. Real estate and renovation is part of my background - the background of the real me, anyway, Jennie Bentley being a pseudonym - and I thought it might be fun. The books are set in Maine, actually, although I'm writing another series, one we're still trying to place, that's set in Nashville. Berkley is still considering that one, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good news in the new year! Have a happy 2008!
Thanks for the comment on my review of LIFEBLOOD. I've now purchased the first book to rean (on my own) because I liked the character so much... and the premise and setting are unique too. Jackie
At 12:00pm on September 23, 2007, D K Gaston said…
It's funny that you mentioned Poisoned Pen Press. I originally submitted Lost Hours to them and they were interested but strongly suggested to me that I change the suggest matter of the book. To do that, I would have had to rewrite the entire book, so I went with another publisher. But they are on my list for my next mystery. Thanks for the suggestion.
At 11:32pm on September 19, 2007, Pat Mullan said…
A bit tardy in getting back to you. Some answers/comments follow. You said:
"Hi Pat, I am so pleased to meet you."
We met at ThrillerFest in Phoenix. We shared a panel (21st Century Thrillers)
"With my 2nd and 3rd books (one contemporary, one historical, both mystery/thrillers) just out this month I'm sorta meeting myself coming and going, so I was a little slow to respond."
My best wishes for your new books ... may they roll off the shelves!
" I like the description of THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. The "Machiavellian schemes" sound way too realistic these days."
Yes, I have a great agent so I'm hoping she'll find an
important home for this one
"I love Ireland and the Irish. Visited there some years ago. I hope the booming economy hasn't spoiled it."
Depends on your perspective. I think a little wealth doesn't hurt. Now people are immigrating here instead of us emigrating there.
"Do you know Warren Murphy, the Destroyer series author? You should. You even look a bit like him. "
No, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Warren - yet. Hope to run into him at a conference soon.
"(Sorry to make the post so long, can you tell I'm part Irish?) "
Well, Penny, we're even! I've made my answer just as long. And, yes, it's an Irish affliction.