Friday, July 24, 2015

S.D. Skye's Hell or High Water 365-Day Blog-athon Day 40 -- Fiction Friday -- Author Brian W. Smith

Fiction Friday with Author Brian W. Smith

Good Morning!!  I thought I'd take the early opportunity to diversify the book selection. Our first guest offers something new and different in the Mystery-Suspense genre -- fast-paced, page-turning thrillers featuring legendary New Orleans-based detective Sleepy Carter with a special twist to his back story--he works from the shadows because people think he's dead! 

How cool is that!
Let's welcome today's visiting author Brian W. Smith, the award winning / best selling author of more than a dozen novels and short stories. He has been awarded the Male Author of the Year award from multiple literary organizations and has had several novels land on prominent best sellers list, such as: Amazon, Dallas Morning News, Black Expressions, and others.

Brian is here to talk to us about his awesome new mysteries and the second book in his series: 
A Murder in the Quarters (A Sleepy Carter Mystery)


1. HOW DID YOU BEGIN WRITING? 
I started writing in 2006 after a life-altering personal experience. That experience prompted me to write my first novel, Mama's Lies - Daddy's Pain.

2. DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR NEWEST RELEASE IS ABOUT. 
 
It's the second book in my Sleepy Carter Mystery series. Someone is murdering the palm readers and  psychics in the French Quarters. The police can't catch the serial killer and are stumped. But Sleepy solves the crime as always - from the shadows.

3. WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WRITING THIS BOOK?    

I enjoyed exploring the sub-culture in the French Quarter. Most native New Orleanians, like myself, rarely go in the French Quarter. The natives consider it a tourist trap. Now that I live in Texas, I have a greater appreciation for the culture of New Orleans (mainly because the Dallas area is very affluent but low on culture). To prep for this book, I spent time in the French Quarter interviewing palm readers and psychics. I even had a tarot card reading - something I'd never done in my twenty-plus years of living in the city.  

4.  WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO SIT DOWN AND ACTUALLY START WRITING THIS BOOK? WHY NOW?
 
I researched the mystery genre for two years before writing the first Sleepy Carter novel in 2013. My research revealed that there are more mystery writers than you can shake a stick at, but Walter Mosley is the only African-American mystery writer of note. And other than Mosley's Easy Rawlins character, most readers couldn't name another black sleuth. My goal is to make Sleepy Carter the most popular black sleuth of all time. 

5. GIVE US SOME INSIGHT INTO YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS OR SPEAKERS. WHAT MAKES EACH ONE SO SPECIAL? 
 
Sleepy is the most successful detective in the history of the New Orleans Police department. At the height of his popularity, he disappeared. Why? Because he drove while drunk late one night and killed a couple. Since no one was around to witness the accident, he fled the scene and went underground - for ten years. His coworkers thought he died at the hands of someone he put in prison. Sleepy spent ten years on the city's streets as a homeless man. In the shadows, but always watching the city's crime trends. Eventually, Sleepy's guilt wore on him so he came out of hiding to tell the daughter of the couple he killed. The daughters name is Lizzy Silverman. She's 28 years old - and a homicide detective. Sleepy gets cold feet and decides his penance will be to help Lizzy solve crimes and move up the ranks. When she realizes he's the legendary Sleepy Carter, a man the police brass believes is dead, she gladly accepts his offer to help her. But, Sleepy adds one condition - Lizzy can never tell anyone he's alive. 

7. WHAT ARE YOUR BOOK'S CENTRAL TOPICS AND THEMES?   

As a native New Orleanian, the Sleepy Carter Mystery series allows me to baffle readers with brain twisting "whodunnits,"  while taking them on a tour of the Big Easy. Every book in the series is set in the city and has a New Orleans-themed title. The first book, which was released in 2013, was called, The Audubon Park Murder (the book became an Amazon Best Seller and currently has 4.5 rating). This second book is called, A Murder in the Quarters (which will be released on August 28, 2015). The third title, which will be released in 2016, will be titled, The Mardi Gras Massacre. 
There are sixteen books scheduled for this series.

8. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE YOUR BOOK?   

It took six months to write this book.

9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING?

 I really don't have one. I take bits and pieces of advice from various books, internet articles, and YouTube videos.

10. WHEN YOU’RE NOT WRITING, WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS?   

I'm an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at a Community College in the Dallas area when I'm not writing and touring. When I'm not writing or teaching you can find me hanging out with my family and rooting like a madman for the New Orleans Saints.  

11. WHAT'S NEXT ON YOUR WRITING JOURNEY?  

It's hard to say. I'm usually writing two or three books at the same time. One will be given to my agent to pitch. If she doesn't find a publisher to buy it in a certain amount of time, I 'll take the book back and release it on my own. If she does find a publisher, I'll allow the publisher to put it out there and I'll take one of the other books that I'm writing and release it. That's pretty much how I work. 
 Thanks so much, Brian, for stopping by today!! 
If you're interested in learning more about Brian and his books, 
please visit him at: 
Twitter -       @TeamBWSmith 
Instagram -  authorbwsmith
Facebook - Brian W. Smith 
 
 If you're interested in showcasing your mystery, thriller, or suspense on this blog, don't hesitate to drop me a line at sdawnskye (at) gmail (dot) com.

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