My guest today is
mystery writer Chester Campbell. Welcome to my little corner of cyberspace, Nashville . Let’s not waste a precious second of our time together and talk writing! Chester
Anne - When did you first realize you were destined to be a mystery/suspense writer?
Anne - Tell us about your book.
A wealthy businesswoman when not pursuing her love of the chase, Jaz finds herself in trouble with the law as the pair begins to peel away layers of deceit. A false accusation of racial slurring morphs into a serious charge against her. As they move toward a closing the investigation, Sid realizes a hit man has him in his sights.
Anne - Is it part of a series? If so, include other titles. What do you enjoy most about writing a series? What do you loathe?
Anne - Of all the characters you've created, does one hold a special place in your heart? Why?
Anne - Tell us about the defining moment when you felt as if you'd finally made it as an author.
"Kind readers know that I am a fan of Chester Campbell’s writings. He 'gets' detective fiction on a gut-level. There is no contrived dialog, questionable literary tactic or predictable plot turn. Mystery buffs, who are strong aficionados of the Chekhov’s gun technique, most certainly celebrate the author’s solemn dedication to not litter the plot with confusing and pointless elements. Instead, there is no hole in the plot and all loose ends are tightened neatly before the last page. (Did I mention that this book is superbly edited?)"
Patricia Reid wrote:
"Chester Campbell’s books always make good reads but the Sid Chance series is special."
Anne – Those sound like “made it” moments to me! Congratulations. Now, would you share an excerpt of The Good, The Bad and The Murderous with us?
He was a young man, dark as the back side of the moon, dreadlock tentacles crawling down his shoulders, brooding eyes filled with questions. Djuan Burden hesitated just inside the small medical equipment store in
’s Green Hills section. It resembled the aftermath of a spring storm, shelves bare as though swept by the wind, scattered trash on the carpet. A stack of boxes tumbled in the doorway to the back room. An acrid odor added to the confusion. Splayed on a small desk at one side lay a few papers and yellow No. 2 pencils piled as if for a pick-up-sticks game. Were they moving out? He approached the desk, where someone sat facing the other direction, his head barely visible above the back of an executive chair. Nashville
Djuan tossed the document he’d brought onto the desk. “Sir,” he said in a deep but subdued voice, “we have a problem.”
The man said nothing. Didn’t move.
Djuan was about to speak in a more strident tone when he realized the smell he had first noticed was gunpowder, a once-familiar odor he had not experienced in years. He edged around the desk until a lifeless face came into view. A bullet hole in the forehead glared back at him like a vacuous third eye.
Face flushed with panic, Burden broke into a run for the door. He darted a frantic glance toward the street as he dashed from the building, headed for the old Ford with the bruised front fender. Blinded momentarily by the afternoon sun, he groped for the door handle, crammed himself into the small sedan. The tires screeched as he swirled around, corrected, and veered toward the street. Too fast, he realized, as it attracted the attention of a tall man in a dark business suit who glared at him from the sidewalk. Though he had been driving only a short time, the skill had come naturally to him. Now his driving instinct held but one message—get the hell out of here!
Traffic along Hillsboro Pike slowed his progress, although it hardly rivaled the impending home-bound rush hour. He ducked his head as a police car passed, traveling in the opposite direction. The specter of that cold, dark prison cell still haunted his befuddled mind.
Anne – Thank you! What a ride. One final question,
. Where can readers find you online? Chester
Anne – Thank you so much for dropping by today,
. I wish you every success with The Good, The Bad and The Murderous. Chester
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