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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Author Interview – Jim Musgrave

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Why do you write?
To discover what I think about something.  I believe Flannery O’Connor said that.  I agree.  I was inspired by an inner need to create with words, and I was an autodidact, as my immediate family did not have a writer in its midst.  In high school, I was on the school newspaper and year book, and in college I majored in Radio and TV Communications.  My Master’s Degree was in Creative Writing from San Diego State University.  I write both genre and literary work, as well as non-fiction.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
When I have been “self-actualizing,” yes.  When I have been “ego-tripping,” no.  The mechanical aspect of composition is a literal “pain in the ass.”  I can now understand why Philip Roth wrote while standing up.
By the way, I like this definition of “self-actualizing” best:  the achievement of one’s full potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.  That last little phrase, “grasp of the real world” always kicks my butt the most.
What motivates you to write?
Breathing.  Oh boy, I suppose as long as I can think and breathe (like chewing gum, tapping your head, and rubbing your tummy) I will write.  I just read the other day that one of my favorite, all-time, writers, Mr. Elmore Leonard, had a stroke at 86, and now he’s back at “it.”  See what I mean?
What writing are you most proud of?
I wrote a short story a little while ago that I rather enjoy:  “Zeru.”  It’s a mixture of the horror and the romance genres.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Giving a few thousand students a respect for the written word.
Jim Musgrave
Here are all three suspenseful mysteries in one book!
Forevermore, the first mystery, was a #2 bestseller in Amazon’s Historical Mystery category. It has received outstanding reviews from readers, and it establishes Pat O’Malley as a detective sleuth par excellence. The second mystery, Disappearance at Mount Sinai, continues the development of the characters amidst an excellent caper. The third mystery, Jane the Grabber, plunges O’Malley into the middle of the Steampunk world, and it marks a turning point in the novels to come.
Forevermore Synopsis:
“Musgrave mixes accurate history with a spell-binding plot to create an amazing who-done-it! Watch for more Pat O’Malley Mysteries.”
In post Civil War New York City, Detective Pat O’Malley is living inside Poe’s Cottage in the Bronx. O’Malley is haunted by Poe one night, and the detective finds a strange note. As a result, O’Malley decides to prove that Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore from an alcoholic binge but was, instead, murdered. O’Malley quickly becomes embroiled in a “cold case” that thrusts him into the lair of one of the most sinister and ruthless killers in 1865 New York City.
Jim Musgrave’s “Forevermore” is a quick read in four acts that will keep your mind razor sharp trying to solve the mystery of Poe’s murder. Pat O’Malley must first find out how to become intimate with females before he can discover the final clue in this puzzle of wits, murder and romance.
Disappearance at Mount Sinai Synopsis:
What if the anti-Semites, racists, and terrorists wanted the final revenge following the Civil War? How do you stop them from committing the worst atrocity?
It’s 1866 in New York City. Civil War Vet and Detective Pat O’Malley’s biggest case returns him to the deep, dark South to search for the kidnapped wealthiest inventor and entrepreneur in America. But the widening gyre of anti-Semitism and racism pulls him down into the pit of hell itself. Disguised as an Oxford England Professor, O’Malley infiltrates the anti-Semites’ group and travels with his partners, Becky Charming and his father, Robert, down to a Collierville, Tennessee mansion.
At the crux of this case are a Jewish father and his five-year-old son, Seth. They have developed a unique bond that relies on Jewish folklore and a belief that they are Mazikeen, half-angel and half-human, born from the loins of Adam’s strange female cohorts during the 130 years he was banished from the Garden. Will O’Malley find Dr. Mergenthaler before it’s too late? What does this world-wide eugenics group have planned for the mongrel races? Read Jim Musgrave’s Disappearance at Mount Sinai, the second mystery in the series of Pat O’Malley Mini-Mysteries.
Jane the Grabber Synopsis:
What was it like before women were given rights to determine their own destinies? How was abortion and birth control used in the 1860s? What happens to a society when the last sexual taboo is permitted? Find out in the third mystery in the Pat O’Malley Historical Steampunk Mystery Series, Jane the Grabber.
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Genre – Historical Steampunk Mystery
Rating – PG13
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