Monday, May 9, 2016

Cable Car Mystery: Interview with Mystery Romance Author Greg Messel & Giveaway!

Greg Messel has spent most of his adult life interested in writing, including a career in the newspaper business. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Greg lives in Edmonds, Washington on Puget Sound with his wife Jean DeFond.

Greg has written nine novels. His latest is “Cable Car Mystery" which is the sixth in a series of mysteries set in 1959 San Francisco. “Shadows In The Fog,” ”Fog City Strangler," "San Francisco Secrets," "Deadly Plunge" are sequels to the first book in the series "Last of the Seals." His other three novels are "Sunbreaks," "Expiation" and "The Illusion of Certainty."

For More Information

· Visit Greg Messel’s website.
· Connect with Greg on Facebook and Twitter.
· Find out more about Greg at Goodreads.

What first inspired you to write or who inspired you? 

My writing experience had been as a newspaperman for many years. Reporting the news is a different style than novel writing but is very transferrable. I’ve always love mysteries or books about people falling in love. One day I wondered if I could really make up a fictional world with make-believe characters. I began writing my first novel and just kept on going. I learn so much with each novel that
I write. I think my writing gets better with each book and I learn so much with each new novel. If someone asks me which of my books they should read I always tell them to start with one of the later ones because I think they are the best. I’m pretty proud of my last three or four novels in particular. 

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

As a child. If someone had asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up I would have said “a writer.” 

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No but I’m an avid movie buff. 

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I retired from the corporate world in 2008 and spend my time writing. That’s my job. 

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

One, don’t over plan your novel. Get a basic outline but let the story take you in different directions. One of the most wonderful experiences in writing is when the story begins to write itself and you end up with plot points that you never imagined in the beginning. Two, you must have some dedicated private time for writing. You can’t turn it on and off like a water spigot. It takes real concentration. Third, follow your instincts. Write the book you want to write and not the book that you think everyone else wants you to write. 

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Unimportant is in the eye of the beholder. You have to tend to certain things in your life that press in on you that can take time when you’d rather be writing. 

What hours do you write best?

In the afternoon. I usually get my other tasks out of the way and then I can start writing after lunch and have some uninterrupted time. I really have to get into the story and the plot and not have a lot of distractions to be successful. 

How often do you write?

Every week day. I live in Seattle and often have gray, rainy afternoons which are perfect for writing. 

Are you an avid reader?

Yes. I especially love to be reading a well written book while I’m writing. It really helps me do better. 

What are you reading now?

I just finished Girl On The Train. I’m reading an excellent book All The Light We Cannot See by Pulitzer Prize winning author Anthony Doerr.  I also went to an event in downtown Seattle recently when he spent over an hour talking about writing. 

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

It has always been a passion for me and what I’d prefer to be doing. 

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on two books. One is the next one in the Sam Slater Mystery series which will be called “San Francisco Nights.” I think it’s going to be a better whodunit than any book I’ve written so far. I’m really pleased with how it’s progressing. I’m also working on a book that I’m really excited about. It’s the story of a young reporter who becomes caught up in the anti-war movement in Berkeley in 1968. He is also assigned to cover the 1968 presidential campaign and much of the story occurs against the backdrop of Robert Kennedy’s final days and ultimately his assassination. The title will be “Dreams That Never Were.”


Greg Messel is giving away an autographed copy of his book, FOG CITY STRANGLER, & an autographed copy of his book, SHADOWS IN THE FOG!

Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive an autographed copy of his book FOG CITY STRANGLER and one winner will be chosen to win an autographed copy of SHADOWS IN THE FOG
  • This giveaway begins May 2 and ends on June 30.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on July 1.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!



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