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Mysterious Goings On

Every week author J. Alexander Greenwood talks about writing mystery, thriller, suspense, horror and other genre fiction. Join Alex for plenty of writing-related topics, as well as interviews, guests and some stuff that has nothing to do with anything.
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Mystery * Thriller * Suspense * Horror * Ephemera

Feb 25, 2016

Alex reveals the origin story for his (somewhat pretentious) pen name and explains why reader reviews--particularly on Amazon--are crucial to an author's success.

Alex quotes a bit from an excellent post by author Sandra Smith about doing reviews. You can find it here. 

Also, click here for a piece Alex wrote, complete with a video to show YOU how to review! 

By the way, thank you for downloading this show--we are honored to be listed as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast on iTunes!

NOTE: We had a little trouble with our mic, and hope that you will look past the slightly diminished audio quality of this particular episode.

Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter: @A_Greenwood

 

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

 

Feb 18, 2016

Alex talks with acclaimed author Jason McIntyre about a variety of subjects, including his take on Stephen King, authors he reads, the effect of bad reviews, his writing process and more. 

Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest:  ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.


His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest instalment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga.

 
Learn more about Jason at his mothership: http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.
 

Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

 
Feb 13, 2016

Alex talks with acclaimed Canadian author Jason McIntyre about writing a series, creating a universe of characters and his 10-part Dovetail Cove series, published by Booktrope. The pair also discuss the weather as character in their work.

Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.


His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Currently, McIntyre is preparing for the launch of THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND which is the latest instalment in the THE NIGHT WALK MEN saga.

 
Learn more about Jason at his mothership: http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.
 

Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

 
Feb 8, 2016

Alex talks about the hazards of writing as if real life is like Disneyworld (it isn't).

He also discusses why he is not a "nice person (and you shouldn't be, either)."

 

Be sure to visit the main webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

Feb 1, 2016

I'm interviewed by Amused Now:

“I have a lot of things going on in my life and those characters help keep me sane. I get emails and phone calls at home from local fans asking what’s next, and I wanted to write a love letter to the fans that keep me going. So, I decided to write a book of short stories with John Pilate as a peripheral character and to base them on seven of his friends or maybe even enemies. Some stories take place 40 years ago, some take place now and some take place 5 minutes before the next book comes out.”

Click here and take a listen!

 

Feb 1, 2016

Have time for a short story?

If so...

A fan favorite character in the John Pilate Mysteries is Sheriff Morgan Scovill, and in Pilate's 7 it was a joy to bring him back in a sort of prequel to the first book in the series, Pilate's Cross. In the short story Badge, we get a look at the swirling elements surrounding Scovill before John Pilate steps foot into Cross Township.

I hope my reading does the story--and Morgan Scovill--justice. Because he is all about justice...the Cross kind.

If you enjoy this reading, you can pick up the ebook from all the usual suspects, including AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooks, and Smashwords. Thank you for listening.

Be sure to visit the main webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

Feb 1, 2016

As a writer of thrillers and murder mysteries, Alex is increasingly hesitant about using gun violence in my stories. The savage, senseless massacres (which the rest of the civilized world cannot understand)--Sandy Hook, in particular--and "accidents" that take place daily in America have reinforced his views on guns. 

He also asks the question: Is violence a "crutch" that writers use too often?

Be sure to visit the main webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook!

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

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