Writing western fiction only becomes easier the more you know about the time period in which you are writing. For example, settlers who came to live out in the undeveloped and untamed parts of the West, lived much differently than those who came to live in the towns.
And now there's a new addition to the list: It's a cozy mystery series, which means no explicit blood and sex on the pages. And it all takes place in Key West and the main character is a food critic, which means John and I get to eat out a lot. Killer Takeout, the seventh installment in the series, publishes on April 5.
The latest book is set during Fantasy Fest, with a hurricane bearing down. How did you come up with that scenario? We were here, not this past year but the year before, for Fantasy Fest and it was pretty interesting. A lot of that, real things that go on, are not things that I could put in an actual book.
But you get your eyes opened. There's plenty of tension — there's a lot of tension in the city about should we even be having Fantasy Fest and then there are these 90, or however many people who descend on the island and feel like it's theirs. So there's that automatic tension between the people who really live here and the people who visit.
And then, always thinking about how to up the ante — the hurricane is the scariest thing, to me that could happen. I don't want to be here for one, but I'm always, as Hayley the main character does, asking people, 'Would you stay or would you go?
How bad does it have to be and how do you make that decision? South Florida in general and the Keys especially have been the setting for a lot of mysteries. Was that something that was appealing to you about setting a book here or did it almost feel like an impediment?
I guess I didn't think too hard about it because I didn't want the weight of that sitting on my shoulders. MacDonald was somebody whose books I read all the way through and of course his character lived on a boat so maybe I borrowed that in the back of my mind.
But yeah, I didn't really think about it or maybe I wouldn't have done it. But since I was here — I really write better if I'm on location. It's harder for me to just make something up completely in my head.
But walking around Key West, if you can't find plots and the characters you're not looking very hard. Walking around Key West, if you can't find plots and characters, you're not looking very hard.
You use a lot of real names, both places and people, in your books. Why do that and what has the reaction been? People want to be in the book. There are a couple of people in the first book — Ron, who's now called Lorenzo, the tarot card reader, and Steve Torrence, one of the main police characters — I didn't know them, but I just thought these are cool characters that need to be in the book.
With both of them, I have become good friends and they help me a lot with plot ideas.West’s derision of books comes despite the fact that his late mother, Donda West, was a university English professor before she retired to manage his music career.
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#Roommates, we all know Kanye West takes pride in being more than just an entertainer. In fact, it looks like the next challenge he’ll be tackling is writing a book titled “Break The Simulation.” In an interview with @HollywoodReporter, Yeezy confirms he’s been working on a book centered.
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After announcing that he’s writing a philosophy book called Break the Simulation, Kanye West has revealed that the book is actually being written in real time on his Twitter.