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Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

J. R. Lindermuth Interview

A retired newspaper editor, J. R. Lindermuth lives and writes in central Pennsylvania. He is librarian of his county historical society where he assists patrons with research and genealogy. He is the author of seven other novels and publishes regularly in a variety of magazines, both print and on line. His most recent release is Being Someone Else, a "Sticks Hetrick" novel, Mr. Lindermuth's police series. Visit his website at http://jrlindermuth.com/.
EBD: How long have you written fiction?

JRL: I was making them up before that, but I first started putting them down on paper when I was in high school. My first acceptance was a little magazine called The Answer, which folded before the issue with my story came out. After that, there was a long period of submissions and rejections before I started placing stories and articles in a variety of smaller magazines. Ironically, Schlussel's Woman, my first novel, was also accepted by a publisher, who promptly went bust. This writing can be a discouraging process.

EBD: Do you participate in a critique group? Attend any conferences?

JRL: I've not participated in any critique groups. I did attend Killer Nashville in 2009. I couldn't make it this year, but hope to go again. I'd love to attend Bouchercon, provided it ever gets closer to Pennsylvania again.

EBD: You've written a variety of books, some historical and a police series. Were you always interested in history? What is the subject matter of your historical novels?

JRL: Yes, I've always been interested in history. Historical novels and mysteries have always been my favorite reads, too. So I suppose it was natural for me to focus on those genres. Actually, Schlussel's Woman, Watch The Hour and even The Accidental Spy have elements of the mystery to them. The first two are concerned with history of the anthracite mining region. Spy deals more with the espionage aspect in the Revolutionary War.

EBD: Your latest release, Being Someone Else, is set in a small town to the west of Harrisburg in central Pennsylvania and is one of your "Sticks Hetrick" police series novels. Are political situations described in your novel similar to small town politics in PA?

JRL: Though Swatara Creek is a fictional place, it is similar to many of the older Susquehanna River towns that have become bedroom communities for Harrisburg. Much of my newspaper reporting career dealt with politics in towns like those.

EBD: Would you give us a short synopsis of Being Someone Else?

JRL: An out-of-state reporter has been found murdered at a disreputable bar. Daniel 'Sticks' Hetrick, former police chief of Swatara Creek, has been acting as unofficial consultant to his less experienced successor, Aaron Brubaker. As they investigate the murder, the trail keeps leading them back to the family of a wealthy doctor who has retired to his hometown.

EBD: Being that I too am from central PA, I was amused at the language used by characters in your book. You used "youse" once, which is a familiar localism. I was surprised by the lack of "we'ens" and the use of the term "hain't," which I'd never heard before. What is it a contraction of, "have not?" Is it used often where you live?

JRL: The language of my characters is a mix of the Pennsylvania German common in the Harrisburg vicinity and a few expressions like "haint't" imported from the coal region where I grew up and now live again. Hain't is simply another variation of the more familiar ain't. It's odd, but a lot of expressions used throughout this region would not be unfamiliar further south in the Appalachians. I had an aunt who used to say "aaron" for "iron" and "faer" for fire, yet none of her siblings did.

EBD: Have you always written in third person multiple POV? Have you ever tried first person?

JRL: I haven't tried third person multiple yet. The Accidental Spy is written in first person. And I've signed a contract for a novel called FALLEN FROM GRACE (which is in first person) with Oak Tree Press's new Western line

EBD: How did you decide on Whiskey Creek Press as your publisher?

JRL: I stumbled upon them on line, submitted Something In Common, first of the Hetrick novels, and was offered a contract. They're a small but growing firm and we've forged a good working relationship.

EBD: I noticed that Whiskey Creek Press doesn't take returns. Has that hurt your sales?

JRL: Yes. One of my main local outlets was an independent bookstore, which was forced to close this year by the economy and chain competition. To date I've had no luck convincing the nearest chain to stock my books. I realize no store can carry every published book. But it seems to me good business sense to carry the books of a local writer with an established platform and whose books have had good reviews, a sales record and a retinue of repeat customers.

EBD: What marketing do you do to promote your books?

JRL: Every option I can find. On the local front, I write a weekly column for my hometown daily and have received publicity in it and other area newspapers. I do signings and speak to clubs and organizations. I also have a webpage, a blog and promote on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Goodreads and every other on line venue I can find.

EBD: What question haven't I asked you?

JRL: Maybe what's next for Sticks? I'm currently working on the fifth in the series, tentatively titled PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. In this episode, Sticks and Anita go on a cruise before he's scheduled to take on his new job as county detective. A passenger with ties to home is murdered in Jamaica. Sticks joins forces with the local authorities and calls on the home team for assistance via email. Meanwhile, Flora and the others are dealing with crimes of their own.

Thanks John, for allowing WWK to interview you. Good luck on your newest release Being Someone Else, the fourth “Sticks Hetrick” mystery.

10 comments:

Paul D. Brazill said...

Smashing interview. I reckon that John has a 1001 more great stories in him.

Pauline Alldred said...

I always admire authors who recreate another time with historical novels. You also bring alive a place and community. Good luck with placing your books in local stores. That makes sense to me.

jrlindermuth said...

Thanks, Paul and Pauline. Appreciate the support.

Ross E. Osborn said...

A fiction author's job is to deceive you in creative order to convince you; with alluring prose, tightening plots, trustworthy characters, if not all principles the kind you'd dare trust, or warm your heart. With that said, Loudmouth is busier than a one armed paper hanger. Walk with him, run with him, fear with him, triumph with him. Seriously, read his books. He'll allure you, entertain you, and convince you, all without stealing your book dollar.

E. B. Davis said...

I'm from southcentral PA. I can remember feeling like an alien in grade school. A girl in my class said a word that rhymed with "tour," only it started with an "fl." Now, flour of course is a word, but I'd never heard the word pronounced in one syllable prior to that. It sounded as if she said "floor." I finally figured out she was saying the word "flower." When I got to French class in high school, her pronounciation of the word made more sense.

There are very strange idioms used there, such as, "being full of yourself," (too prideful)"going away," (meaning either going to the grocery store or to Europe) "proud flesh" (any type of cyst or skin tumor). My parents were from Philly so we had no way of knowing what people were trying to tell us half the time. It is a bit particular.

Loved your book John! I found myself totally engrossed in the plot.

jrlindermuth said...

Now that's always nice to hear--that someone loved my book. Thanks.And thanks for having me here today.
Yes, those language quirks can be hard to translate sometimes.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi John,
Terrific interview, I was particularly interested in what you said about how people speak in different neighbourhoods.I guess what we do for a living and where we live do colour our speech.

Good luck with all your writing ventures.

Regards

Margaret

jrlindermuth said...

Thanks, Margaret.

margaret blake said...

Lovely interview, John, and I do agree with what you have to ay about getting our books into local stores. Unfortunatley, even here these are few and far between.
Good luck with all your work, John.

Paula Martin said...

Fascinating interview, John. Local knowledge (e.g. of regional expressions) always makes a book more authentic. Maybe it's a sign to us writers to write about what we know!
Good luck with your latest release!