Sunday, October 19, 2014

My TBR pile: Murder on the Mountain @jamiefessenden1 #mustread #TBRpile

Here's another book that I've added to my TBR pile...and wasn't I lucky enough to get to interview the author—which makes me wish fervently for an opening in my schedule so I can read it even faster! *looks at list of things to do and wonders what I can knock down a few notches* lol

So please let me introduce you to Jamie Fessenden and his book Murder on the Mountain...

Describe your style of writing in five words or less.   
Lean, transparent, easy to read.

You have a new release out—Murder on the Mountain...I'm gonna share the blurb in a few...but tell us about it in your own words.
I’ve always enjoyed the “cozy” type of murder mystery like those of Agatha Christie—an amateur detective, a murder, a clearly-defined group of suspects, and an interesting puzzle.  Murder on the Mountain is my attempt at a cozy.  While I did research how the NH State Police conduct murder investigations, police procedure isn’t the emphasis of the story.  It’s the puzzle.  Of course, there is also a budding romance between Kyle and Jesse. 

When did the idea for this story come to you?
I’ve been wanting to do a story like this for decades, ever since I was a teenager.  I plotted some out, but didn’t have the skill to write them back then.  After I was published, I made an attempt with my novel Murderous Requiem.  I’m fond of that novel, but it has one fatal flaw as a murder mystery—the murder occurs “off-screen” and nobody is trying to solve it.  There are other mysterious things that take up the main character’s attention, but it isn’t a “murder mystery” in any real sense.  Murder on the Mountain is a classic who-dunnit, inspired by my experiences as a child when my father worked on the summit of Mount Washington.  It’s a beautiful place, but the extremes of temperature and weather make it treacherous for inexperienced hikers.

Is this a solo story or could this turn into maybe a series? Do you see Kyle and Jesse getting into mischief in the future for us?
It was always intended to be a series of mysteries featuring Kyle and Jesse as the sleuths.  I’ve already begun plotting the next one.

What is your favorite genre to write in?
There isn’t really just one.  I love mysteries, but I also love science fiction, historical (especially the Viking Era), high fantasy, psychological drama, and even holiday stories.

What shocking taboo subject would you love to try and conquer in the future?
I’ve already begun writing a contemporary story (Violated) about a man whose life is destroyed when he’s raped by a good friend.  I don’t intend to pull my punches, and this one may be a rough read.  But I’m hoping I can “go there” without falling into the trap of writing a fictionalized PSA.

What are you working on now?
I have a deadline for an anthology (Gothika #3) coming up.  That’s a werewolf story (Isolation).  I’m also writing a YA science fiction novel about two Martian colonies forced to work together to survive, despite political conflicts back on Earth (Martian Born), and the contemporary novel I mentioned (Violated).  I’m in the planning stages of Kyle and Jesse’s next mystery, and F.E. Feeley, Jr. and I are about halfway through a novel about a haunted inn in Vermont (Borderland).

Find (or stalk...stalking is always good *winks*) Jamie here:

Add this intriguing read to your TBR also:

When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain.

Kyle Dubois, a widowed state police detective, is called to the scene in the middle of the night, along with his partner, Wesley Roberts. Kyle and Jesse are instantly drawn to one another, except Jesse’s fascination with murder mysteries makes it difficult for Kyle to take the young man seriously. But Jesse finds a way to make himself invaluable to the detective by checking into the hotel where the victim's friends and family are staying and infiltrating their circle. Soon, he is learning things that could very well solve the case—or get him killed.

1 comment:

  1. that is a great interview!! I love all of Jamie's work. Don't care what he writes, well if he starts into horror, we may have words..LOL I don't go there. Wonderful job Havan and Jamie