Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SPOTLIGHT w/Author Interview - Death and Donuts (The Frankie and Josh Series, #3) by Stan Schatt

Death and Donuts
The Frankie and Josh Series, #3
by Stan Schatt
Date of Publication: November 22nd 2016
Publisher: Pen-L
Cover Artist: Kelsey Rice
Genre: Police Procedure /Mystery/ Paranormal Mystery
Hollywood stars! Politicians! Betrayal! Murder! And a by-the-book cop just trying to do her job in the middle of it all.

To solve the murder of a movie star just weeks before the Academy Awards, Detective Frankie Ryan has to navigate through a web of Hollywood secrets and political landmines, not to mention the "old boys club" in her own police department. The presence of a new designer drug and the deaths it is tallying up threaten to hinder her investigation and leave her without a suspect—and maybe out of a job. Even with the aid of psychic reporter Josh Harrell, there is more confusion around every corner. Trusted friends will turn on her, leaving her unsure who to believe and who might be in on the murder and conspiracy.

Can Frankie discover the killer before it is too late?

Note: this is book 3 of the series but each book stands alone
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Frankie nodded and stepped inside the curtain. Daniel Martin
wasn’t a large man, but now he seemed even smaller in the over- sized hospital bed. He stared at Frankie with glassy eyes.
“I guess now I’m one of the usual suspects to be rounded up,” he said with a voice just above a whisper.
“We can pin attempted murder on you for Belmont and probably link you to Hobbs and Gordon, but we can make things a lot more manageable for you if you just tell me who is behind Ruby Red.”
Martin’s face broke into a rueful smile. “You just don’t get it. You’re dealing with forces much bigger than you or me. You’re just a pawn, and so am I.”
Frankie drew her face closer. “You might not have much time. I can have a priest or minister here if you want to make your peace. Don’t die with this on your conscience.”
Martin’s smile turned into a sneer. “The old circling the drain argument. Does that ever work? You’re not even good material for a Grade B cop movie from the ’40s. You keep digging into this, and you’ll be busted down to walking South Central on the midnight shift.”
“Is someone in the department dirty?”
Martin just stared at her while his lips broke into a grim smile. His face became flushed, and his eyes lost focus. An alarm sounded,
and the room was flooded with nurses. Frankie led Josh out. She shook her head.
What could possibly be scary enough for a man on death’s door- step to keep him from talking?
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How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I think my writing is approachable and straight-forward more like Michael Connelly than a writer of “literary” fiction.

What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
I find it helps me a lot to re-read what I’ve written so far to get into the flow. The hardest thing is starting from scratch with a blank screen. Sometimes I will write what I know is tripe just to get something on the page so I can proceed. The real work is in the editing anyway.

Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation? Death and Donuts is the third volume of a trilogy even though it stands alone, so I have several continuing characters. I have tried to show growth from one novel to another. I even included three of the characters in a novel outside the trilogy (Hello Again). Continuing characters do represent a real challenge since you have to keep careful track of names, dates, and incidents to be consistent.

Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
None of the characters are close to me, but I probably bond most closely with Josh, a former novelist and a reporter for a major tabloid.

Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Yes, I have a Jessica Fletcher type character that will be the protagonist in a cozy mystery that now is half-completed.

Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
My predilection for writing about the paranormal surprised me. I guess it was inside me and just had to get out. In several novels I deal with the thin line between life and death and Josh has a near death experience in A Bullet for The Ghost Whisperer.

Author Info
Stan Schatt is the author of forty books including mysteries, science fiction, biographies of Michael Connelly, Daniel Silva, and Kurt Vonnegut, and even college textbooks. His novels draw upon experiences he has had in a wide range of careers that include college professor, police department administrator, autopsy assistant, telecommunications consultant, and market research executive.  Schatt has been cited for outstanding teaching by the University of Southern California, the University of Houston, and DeVry Institute of Technology.
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