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Mysterious Goings On

Join author J. Alexander Greenwood for discussions about writing mystery, thriller, suspense, horror and other genre fiction. Every episode, Mysterious Goings On features tips, news, interviews with writers, fans, dramatic readings and more.

Greenwood, an award-winning writer, also provides a "look behind the curtain" at the life of an independent author. Whether you're a writer, aspire to be one, or just enjoy reading, this show is for you.


Oct 24, 2019

We wrap-up our interview with Alex Greenwood about the origins of the John Pilate Mysteries. Today, guest interviewer Brian Hutton probes about Greenwood's actual involvement and brushes with a modern-day tragedy at the small college that eerily parallels the events that inspired the John Pilate Mysteries.

Greenwood recounts how his relationship with a former Peru State College president seemingly went from perfect to poisonous in a matter of moments, with little-known details of the man who achieved tremendous success yet was undone by a secret past, unethical behavior, and a final, desperate act.

Greenwood also discusses his creative process, how he chooses locales for stories, what he regrets about John Pilate's name, and shares hints of what's next in the series.


Some source material for this discussion derived from "Tragedy at Peru State College: The Murders of William Nicholas and Paul Maxwell" by Nancy Handy Moran in Nebraska History -- Fall 1988

Other materials gleaned from online reports in the Lincoln Journal Star, Omaha World-Herald and assorted websites. For a complete list of links, contact the podcast at 

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