Eric, we’ve known each other a few years now, going back to when you finished the work on book one of this series, BRAZIN GAMBIT. I loved that book and am enjoying this one just as much! Arnie and Zellie feel like friends now and of course, the Middletown NJ region is familiar to me, so I enjoy “visiting” some of those spots again. But even if I wasn’t from NJ, I’d love these people.
I was happy to see you back with Publicity Book Tours so I could be part of your blog campaign. Let’s get started with your interview!
How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb? Try to describe your book in one sentence.
Unlicensed detectives dodge a falling corpse, navigate a gauntlet of deception and murder, and enjoy the distractions of romance.
When did you begin writing? How long have you been writing?
I began by writing history papers. I continued writing in college, but once again, non-fiction – mostly history and political science. I continued writing non-fiction throughout law school and for thirty-two years as a government attorney. I only began writing fiction, which I have always loved to read, within the last four to five years. And writing fiction is very different from drafting a legal brief. For one thing, it’s a lot more fun.
Do you listen to music while writing?
I don’t listen to music when I write. I start focusing on the music instead of concentrating on the words on the page. Oddly enough, I don’t mind having a baseball game on in the background. For some reason, I’m able to ignore the announcers, and only get distracted if there is a loud crack of the bat, when I look up, see what just happened, and go back to writing.
Do you write at a laptop/desktop or do you write longhand?
I write on a desktop computer for the most part. When I have the baseball game on, I use my MacBook Air.
What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
I love creating new characters. It’s by far my favorite part of the writing process, and one I had no opportunity to do in my prior career.
Who’s your favorite character in your new release?
I like many of the characters in A Tale of Two Freddies, but if I have to choose, I think my favorite is Jake Rothberg. I grew up knowing people just like Jake, who were gruff on the outside but had hearts of gold. Also, I love great deli.
Did you do any research before start or during the writing of the books?
I did a lot of research during the writing of A Tale of Two Freddies. While I invented the characters and fictional venues, the book is set in a real place. So I needed to keep the roads and landmarks accurate. Arnie and Zellie knew nothing about the requirements for getting a private detective license, and neither did I before I researched New Jersey’s Private Detective Act of 1939. And while I read The Brothers Karamazov a number of years ago and liked it very much, I needed a refresher. I had never seen the movie or even knew of its existence before I looked, but Arnie and Zellie are movie buffs. So, I researched the book and rented the movie.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
I’m currently reading The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. I just checked, and there’s a 1957 film based on it starring Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, and Errol Flynn. I’ve never seen it, but maybe Arnie and Zellie will watch it in a future book. You never know.
How can readers stay in touch?
I welcome e-mails at email@example.com or comments on my website: www.ericsmallbooks.com
What is the last book you’ve read?
The last book I read was one a friend lent to me titled A Cold Day in Paradise, a mystery novel by Steve Hamilton. And it’s a good one.
How many more books can we expect in this series?
At least one more. I’m pretty far along in writing the third one, so I have a fair degree of confidence that I will finish it. I won’t rule out anything beyond that, because I like Arnie and Zellie, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. And who knows? I may want to write something completely different.
Thank you for joining us, Eric and I know readers are going to totally enjoy A TALE OF TWO FREDDIES. The unique twists will definitely keep readers turning the pages. I’ll be watching for book 3!