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Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "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.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

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, June 19, 2013

Simon Wood Interview By Alyx Morgan


Today on Writers Who Kill, I have the pleasure of talking with Simon Wood about his newest book, No Show.


Englishman Terry Sheffield has just arrived in San Francisco to start his new life with Sarah, the investigative journalist he married after a transatlantic love affair. But Sarah never shows up at the airport.

When Terry reports his wife as missing, the police chalk it up to a new bride with cold feet. Then one murdered woman after another turns up, all with something in common: they had exposed scandals just before their deaths…and their names appear on a list that Sarah composed. As a journalist, Sarah’s exposed her share of scandals, and Terry realizes that she’s not missing—she’s on the run.

To find her before the killer does, Terry must explore the dark recesses of his new homeland and rely on the help of some new friends. But as his search brings him closer to finding Sarah, Terry realizes she’s very different from the woman he thought he married.

Thanks for visiting us today at WWK, Simon!

1)  You've mentioned before that many of your stories come from actual experiences you've had, and in this story, the protagonist leaves England to come live in SF with his new wife, only she's gone missing. Did you truly have a similar experience when you married your wife and moved to the States?

Yes. My wife and I did meet abroad and we took a chance on love as it were and I came to the US to marry her. I arrived with my world in a couple of bags and she wasn’t at the airport to meet me. I waited and waited. While I was waiting I realized how little thought I’d put into the situation. I didn’t know Julie’s address or how to get in touch with her. Eventually, she arrived about an hour late because of traffic, but it did make me wonder what I would have done if she hadn’t. As much as I thought I knew about the States, I was pretty naïve, so how would I have coped if I had been left at the airport with no friends or social network to help me. From there, No Show was born.

2)  Your website says you write thriller and horror. How often do you combine the two in your work?

I must admit I don’t usually combine the two genres. I tend to keep them separate and the reason I write horror under the name Simon Janus nowadays. But Road Rash and The Scrubs are two stories when I combined genres.

3)  Walk us through your writing process: Do you have a certain day or time of day that you write? Do you have a separate room in your house dedicated to you and your writing?

I write full time, so I treat writing like a full time job and write 9 to 5. I set myself a daily target and I write until I complete it.

4)  What is your writing style? Do you plot extensively, or do you just sit down and see what comes out of the combination of fingers to keyboard?

No, I’m a heavy plotter. I like to outline a story so that I understand the issues and characters I’m trying to write about. I think it makes sense to outline when it comes to thrillers and mysteries. I am trying to get away with a crime, so it takes a little planning. J

5)  What do you like most about writing mysteries?

The adventure. I’m living this story with the characters. Some days I’m just as haggard as these poor people.

6)  Do you foresee No Show becoming another series for you?

Yes, No Show is the preamble to a new series. In the subsequent books, Terry Sheffield will be a county sheriff's deputy and he’ll be investigating crimes seen through the eyes of an outsider. The outsider perspective will be an interesting one for the series.

Thanks again for visiting with us here, Simon. We wish you continued success with your books!

Simon Wood is the author of over 170 stories and articles, including Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, and Paying the Piper. He's won an Anthony Award, a CWA Dagger Award nomination, and several readers’ choice awards, and he's a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. You can check out his many books at http://www.simonwood.net.

15 comments:

Kaye George said...

Thanks for the interview! I've long been a fan of Simon Wood. His newsletter is one of the few I always read. Talented man! I'm glad your wife showed up.

Alyx Morgan said...

Glad you enjoyed the interview, Kaye. If you haven't read the new book yet, I can promise that it's a page-turner!

Camille Minichino said...

How great for you and Julie that you're a patient sort, Simon, waiting an hour in an airport!

And I might add, Simon is a very generous colleague. I'm partial to the Aidy Westlake series, but they're all page-turners!

Gloria Alden said...

Thank you for introducing me to a new author, Alyx - at least new to me. I'll have to check out his books.

Alyx Morgan said...

Thanks, Camille, for your further recommendation of Simon's work. :o) I'll have to check out the Aidy Westlake series.

Alyx Morgan said...

You're welcome, Gloria. I think you'll enjoy his books. :o)

Terry Shames said...

What a great interview. Good questions and good answer. I find many interviews ho-hum, but this one zipped along. Thank you. As a long-time fan of Simon and his books, the airport story is one I had not heard!

Kara Cerise said...

It was fascinating to learn that a wait at the airport was the catalyst behind No Show. It sounds like a white-knuckle page-turner of a story.

Best of luck with your new series, Simon.

Alyx Morgan said...

Thanks, Terry. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I, too, think many interviews ask the same questions over & over, so I try to mix it up a little. :o)

Alyx Morgan said...

Simon's got a TON of those fish-out-of-water stories. And all of them are true. :o)

Paula Gail Benson said...

Great interview, Alyx. I'm glad to learn about Simon Wood and will look forward to reading his work. Great also to have you back at WWK, if only briefly! Visit often!

Simon Wood said...

Thanks for the kind words and the interview. I really appreciate it. :-)

Simon

Cathy said...

Interesting interview and insight as to how stories evolve. Looking forward to the Terry Sheffield series :)

Carole Price said...

You're a patient man, Simon . . . waiting an hour at the airport and writing mysteries. Obviously, it's paid off.

Simon Wood said...

The thing you forget is I was waiting around so long because I didn't have a ride or any where to stay. :-)