* Interview #74, with mystery writer, Joe Perrone Jr.!
* Note from Jess: Joe was AUTHOR #1 to be featured on this blog in Jan 2010. He’s back with another book in his “Matt Davis” mystery series! One of the books in the series was recently awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion — you know you’d like to find out which one…
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Describe your latest book in 5 words:
Victim, no suspects, no motives.
What inspired the plot?
For years, as a guide on the Beaverkill River in Upstate New York, I passed what appeared to be an old abandoned hotel. Finally, I got the idea for the plot from the thoughts of that old hotel.
Ooh, exciting! Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
* Joe’s Comments: In my new book, Broken Promises: A Matt Davis Mystery, an 86-year old woman is found shot to death on the grounds of an abandoned, burned-out old hotel. There are no witnesses, no suspects, and no apparent motive. Here’s an excerpt from when it happens:
“I’m here!” she shouts at last, a broad smile spreading across her face. “I’m so sorry I’m la–”
The man turns and starts toward her, but Maggie doesn’t recognize him. As he moves forward, he trips, and suddenly there is a flash of light and a loud crack like a tree being struck by lightning. Maggie feels a dull thud, then a burning pain in the center of her chest; and in just seconds, nothing.
Share some of your favorite quotations (10-100 words):
“It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.”
“It was beauty that killed the beast.”
—Carl Denham, from the movie King Kong
“The coin don’t have no say. It’s just you.”
—Carla Jean Moss, from the movie No Country for Old Men
“Shut the f**k up, Donny.”
—Walter Sobchak, from the movie The Big Lebowski
“Leave the gun, take the canoli.”
—Clemenza, from the movie The Godfather
What is your definition of “good characterization”?
Good characterization is when an author creates a character that is so three-dimensional and real that the reader actually cries when that character is killed in the book. Really great characterization is when you, the author, cry, too!
What is it about mystery that you find most appealing?
I guess I find writing mysteries appealing because they permit me to use my imagination to the fullest, and they genuinely challenge my inventiveness.
Neat :) What are some of your plans for the rest of the year?
I am putting the finishing touches on the print and Ebook versions of Broken Promises, so I can publish it as soon as possible (hopefully by the end of July). Then, I will be listening to auditions for the narration of the audio book version. Then, my wife, Becky, and I are going to take a two-week vacation through New England and out to Lake Ontario. Rest. More rest. Then I will resume work on a literary novel I began seven years ago while I was in Charlottesville, Virginia. Of course, I am constantly working with other authors, assisting them with editing, formatting, and book cover designs.
Jeez, I’m tired already!
My website is: www.joeperronejr.com
My author email address is:
On Twitter, I am @catsklgd1
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Much thanks to Joe Perrone Jr. for stopping by — do visit Joe’s Website for more info on him and his projects!
JOE’S BIO (short bio):
Opening Day was recently awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion, and in 2011, As The Twig Is Bent was translated into Portuguese as Pau que nasce torto by Rafa Lombardino of Word Awareness, Inc. of Santee, CA. Plans are underway to translate Opening Day and Twice Bitten into Portuguese in the very near future.
All of Joe’s books are available in paperback or in Kindle editions on Amazon.com
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