**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with David Bishop
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I am a full time novelist. It is my profession. Right now, as I write this (but this has been the case for the past several weeks) my mysteries hold three of the top four spots in the Amazon Top Rated Mystery Series list. (The Beholder, The Blackmail Club and Who Murdered Garson Talmadge), including the 1st and 2nd positions, along with the 4th. The Amazon Top Rated list is developed based on reader star ratings. The Amazon Top Rated list is populated by all the big names in mystery series, so I am particular tickled that readers have rated mine at the top. In total I have four mysteries in the top 100 best selling mystery series category (actually in the top 75 on that list). Also one of my mysteries is on the best-selling list in hard-boiled mysteries, and another one is on the best-selling list of police procedurals. I want to thank my readers for allowing me this recognition.
1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve wanted to write novels since I was a teen. During my years in business I wrote many professional articles for financial, accounting, valuation, and legal journals. Also a nonfiction book titled Valuations for M&A: Building Value in Private Companies which was published in 2001 and later in additional languages. Writing fiction is so much more fun. I love inventing interesting people, placing them in precarious circumstance, and telling the story of their finding their way out of it all.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write mysteries, thrillers, and suspense stories. Why? I love the genre.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love it all. Choosing and refining the crime. Inventing the people who will populate the story, making them unique and colorful and the kind of folks you’d like to have at your next dinner party—well, most of them anyway.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Ending the story as I must leave those friends with whom I have spent so much time. Well, only until next time. I have three series leading characters: Matt Kile, Maddie Richards, and Jack McCall, also a frequent visiting co-star, Ryan Testler.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Golly, everywhere. I have over 30 mysteries started with anywhere between 5 pages and 50 pages done. Story ideas come to me and I write enough that will let me go back and flesh it all out whenever I get the chance. Some have been patiently waiting for years.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
I don’t know if that can be answered. I invent people my readers can relate to and care about. I like descriptions of whatever which are adequate but not verbose. I provide the clues a reader needs to race against the hero to find the solution. I flavor my stories with Runyonesque characters; add a heaping helping of humor, and several pulsing pinches of sexy romance. My heroes and heroines are believable. None of them leap tall building in a single bound, but they overcome their adversities the way my readers overcome the trials in their own lives. Hence, my readers like the leading men and women of my stories.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I read mostly what I write, mysteries and thrillers and suspense stories. I don’t get to read other writer’s work as much as I’d like, but somehow I get several read each month.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
If I may, let me tell you a little about my latest one, The Original Alibi, a Matt Kile Mystery which came out in eBook on July 17, just a few days ago. (The print book tends to lag the eBook by a few weeks due to the time needed for production.) The Original Alibi, is a small stage, intimate story in my modern version of the Agatha Christie style. The primary characters are members of the Whittaker family. General Whittaker, the family patriarch, is a retired member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Since his retirement the general has become quite wealthy. His family members and some who have worked for him for many years all compete and connive for the general’s favor while awaiting the reading of his will. Eleven years before, the general’s grandson was arrested for murder. The general was contacted by someone unknown with the promise of being able to provide an alibi that would get the grandson released. The general paid and the grandson was released. Now, eleven years later, the general, close to death, can no longer push away his doubts about his grandson’s innocence. He hires Matt Kile to thaw the cold case so he will know if his money saved his innocent grandson or cheated justice. The clock is a constant component in the story as Matt strives to solve the eleven year old murder before the general dies.
Links to David Bishop’s website, blog, books, etc.
Karen, thank you for your interest in my writing career, and thanks to my readers now and in the future. I can think of no greater reward than your reading my stories.
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