I'm a 63-year-old novice at mystery writing. My first nine novels were what I guess you'd call literary fiction. I had a fair amount of success (at least critically), but when I was asked to write a short story for Richmond Noir, part of the Akashic series of detective noir stories, I stumbled across this first-person voice, the hard-living, smart-ass night cops reporter at a metro daily, that I thought I could ride for a novel or three.
Yep, thet'a the new cover for BODY COUNT!
My latest novel, The Fires of London, came out yesterday from mysteriouspress.com.
At the talks I give around the country, people often ask me why I write murder mysteries about Amish people, who are arguably the most peaceful Americans anyone knows, and my answer is always in two parts. First, I think Amish society is endlessly fascinating, and it deserves to be better understood by Christians in particular and by all Americans in general. Second, I think crime fiction gives us one of the best vehicles in popular fiction to explore the human condition.
I've just heard from the publisher that LIVE in Person will be out next Spring. Whoopee!
I invite my fans and true crime lovers to visit my new true crime blog:
MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME: Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre, is a true crime anthology edited by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers, featuring all stars of the genre, such as Harold Schechter, Katherine Ramsland, Burl Barer, Carol Ann Davis, Robert Scott, Cathy Scott, Amanda Lamb, and Camille Kimball among others.
A must for true crime fans and now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers!
It's been an interesting year pushing out Advanced Reader Copies of my latest book Riff Raff. Feed back has come in at various times from various people, reviews have been scarce but the few that did come in were awesome, and author blurbs were filled by two fine writers from Mystery Writer's of America (MWA). The audio version of the Riff Raff went forward months ago and is now complete and will be added to the other books in the Jack Vu series next month.
I am travelling constantly now and still prefer the paper and pencil, for my writing. Watched an old episode of a British crime series, "The Sweeney." One policeman to another -"Villains and computers just don't mix." It is not just villains.......,mate.