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Blog Hop

There’s a new blog hop, and I was tagged by Clare O’Donohue, current President of the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and the author of the excellent Kate Conway Mysteries & the Someday Quilts Mysteries. so here we go:

What are you working on? I’m currently writing the second book in the Detectives Riehle and Capparelli series. The first was the Lovey award-winning thriller One Man’s Castle. I also have a few short stories in the works.

How does your work differ from others of its genre? I purposely find things that have been done over and over, and twist them around in a new way. It makes the writing interesting for me, and keeps the reader guessing what direstion I will take with the plot.

Why do you write what you do? Most of my ideas come from putting two odd things together and wondering what will happen because of it. Usually I will see something irritating on the news and combine it with something I had observed that bothers or intrigues me. If it turns scary, then it becomes horror; but if it angers me or makes me curious, it becomes mystery/suspense because I want to explore it more.

How does your writing process work? I have found that the best way for me to get pages done is to give in to whatever the characters want to say and do in my head. Therefore, I need to know where I am going, so I write out an outline — nothing too detailed, just a sentence or two describing what will happen in each chapter. That way if Chapter Seven is in my head, I just go with it, and work on that chapter until it is completed, as if it were a short story. This also allows me the freedom to discover new things during the writing process within a specific context. Then I piece the “stories” together to form the whole book. Oh! And lots of coffee to fuel the projects!

Thanks for tagging me, Clare! Onto the next author!

The Verdict

J. Michael Major’s debut One Man’s Castle is a kaleidoscopic noir that grabs a reader and carries them away in a fever dream of twisted, mordant suspense. Reminiscent of the works of James Cain and Jim Thompson—perhaps if they were under the influence of LSD—this crazy quilt of crime, horror, and psychological weirdness is an incredibly impressive first novel, as well as a crackling great read.”

Jay BonansingaNew York Times bestselling co-author of The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor

Meet Michael

J. Michael Major writes critically acclaimed mystery and horror stories. One Man’s Castle is the Chicagoland-based writer’s newest work.

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