Julie Howard, Mystery Author

I always enjoy getting to know other mystery authors, and sharing them with you. This month we meet Julie Howard, author of the Wild Crime series.

Julie has published a number of short stories, and edited and co-produced a memoir by former Hewlett-Packard executive, Ray Smelek. Before settling down into writing fiction, she used to be a reporter for The Sacramento Bee, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and a national news service.

Julie Howard

Today Julie writes fiction similar to her taste in reading: mystery/suspense, and historical and literary fiction. Her current series was born when she was a newcomer to Idaho, feeling overwhelmed by the wide-open spaces and curious about the isolated locations where people live. She found it a great setting for mystery and suspense. And though not planned, her trilogy came to her all at once.

Crime and Paradise, her most recent book was released August of 2017, and is the first in her Wild Crime trilogy. It’s a story about Meredith, a young woman who moves to a remote location in Idaho, and who believes the only way out of her abusive marriage is to kill her husband. When he ends up murdered, she becomes the prime suspect. Despite all the evidence pointing to her, Meredith finds an unlikely supporter and friend in the county sheriff. Together, they uncover some ugly truths about her husband and their small, isolated town.

Crime Times Two, the second in the Wild Crime trilogy, is currently with the publisher and will be released in summer of 2018. In book two Meredith becomes wrapped up in a series of mysterious deaths in a nearby mountain town. At the crux of the story is the theme of belonging, and the ambiguities that exist along the borders of guild and innocence. Julie is currently writing the third book in the trilogy,

Download a free short story, Three Ghosts, from her website: www.juliemhoward.com.

Julie Weston, Author Interview

Julie Weston grew up in Idaho and practiced law for many years in Seattle, Washington. Her debut fiction, Moonshadows, A Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery, was published in 2015, and was a finalist in the May Sarton Literary Award. This book was followed by Basque Moon in 2016, which recently won a WILLA Literary Award in historical fiction.

Julie Weston

Why she writes: Weston’s first book, The Good Times Are All Gone Now, was a memoir of place about a mining town and her childhood years in the 1950’s and ’60’s. For a long time, she had fooled around with a mystery and decided to try her hand at it-in part because she had read and still reads lots of mysteries. When a full moon in snowy Idaho presented a unique photo to her photographer husband, it also presented in her mind a mystery plot tied to an old cabin in the snow, and Moonshadows was born.

Weston’s most recent release, Basque Moon, A Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery, is the second in the series. Both mysteries are set in Idaho. The second book is set in the Stanley Basin, an area surrounded by the Sawtooth mountains and the White Cloud mountains, and features sheepherders, cowboys, moonshiners, and Nellie and Moonshine. 

She is in the process of completing the third book in the series with Nellie Burns and Moonshine. This one is set in Craters of the Moon, which is also in Idaho. This book should be out summer of 2018.

Check out her website at www.julieweston.com, and Like her on her Facebook page. Her books are available at most independent bookstores, including Rediscovered Books in Boise, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.

The Writer In Film

There are a ton of movies about writers. Here are some of my favorites. I hope you’ll add to the list though. What are your favorite movies about writers?

Sunset Boulevard (1950) Directed by Billy Wilder, starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson

The Shining (1980) Jack Nicholson

Throw Mama From The Train (1987) Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito

Funny Farm (1988) Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith

Her Alibi (1989) Tom Selleck and Paulina Prizkova

Misery (1990) Starring James Caan and Kathy Bates

As Good As It Gets (1997) another Jack Nicholson feature

Finding Forrester (2000) Sean Connery

Adaptation (2002) Nicholas Cage and Meryl Streep

Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, and Queen Latifah

Julie and Julia (2009) Amy Adams and Meryl Streep

The Ghost Writer (2010) Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan

Saving Mr. Banks (2013) Tom Hanks

This Beautiful Fantastic (2016) Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, and Tom Wilkinson

Author Spotlight – Chuck Ambrose

Marc Rainer is the pen name for Charles “Chuck” Ambrose, Jr.

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Chuck is a former Air Force JAG Circuit Prosecutor and former federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., and in Kansas City, MO.

In his more than thirty years of experience, he has tried hundreds of both military and federal (civilian) major cases, including prosecutions of homicide cases, federal conspiracy trials, and mafia and other organized crime prosecutions.

Weaving scenes from his investigative and trial experiences into the plot lines of his novels, Chuck’s writing has been hailed by those in the criminal justice fields for their realism.

Chuck tries to make the books as realistic as possible, using actual criminal organizations and cases in the plot lines, and even use real transcripts from his trials.

He has co-authored a manual on how to try murder cases, which was published by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section.  Chuck lives in a suburb of a major northwestern city with his wife, retired Special Agent of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), and their three rescue mutts.

Find him on his website at www.marcrainer.com.

A self-published author who has sold over 40,000 books to date, Chuck has four novels out and is working on his fifth. His latest release is A Winter of Wolves, which concerns the Islamic Terrorist threat to the U.S.

Goodreads describes the book as:

‘Federal prosecutor Jeff Trask is summoned to a murder scene. A Park Police officer has been brutally murdered at the Lincoln Memorial. As Trask and a team of local and federal investigators try to find the killer, more police officers are murdered. While attending the funeral for one of these victims, Trask and his team find themselves in a firefight with a cell of radical Islamic terrorists. Disqualified because of his involvement at the scene at Arlington National Cemetery, Trask is reassigned to Washington D.C.’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he discovers that the firefight at Arlington was only part of a bigger and much more sinister plot to bomb that threatens the entire east seaboard.’

I’m so excited to read this series of crime mysteries, and I hope you’ll join me.

Be sure to check in for next month’s mystery/suspense writer spotlight!

 

Idaho Indie Author Day – Boise Public Library!

The main branch of the Boise Public Library! is sponsoring a variety of events on Indie Author DayOctober 14, 2017.

The fun starts on the third floor at 10 am, and goes to 4:45 pm.

Meet local indie authors, including myself, and buy autographed books. Sit in on panels to learn about such things as writing craft, marketing your business, and much more.

Great conversations to be had, friends to be made, and books to read. Don’t miss out!

A portion of all books sales that day go to the Library! Come down and support your local library.

Every Person, All the Events in Your Life…

…are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.

This is a marvelous quote from one of my favorite books, Illusions by Richard Bach.  If you’ve never read it, I recommend it. In his brilliant and inspirational way, Richard teaches us to look at life from another perspective.

Another one of my favorite books (non-fiction) is A Course In Miracles.  Lesson 33 states “There is another way of looking at the world.” Lesson 34 reminds us “I could see peace instead of this.”

What we see, what we experience, and what we think are results of the choices we make. We are only a victim of our own thoughts.

So choose to be the superhero of your life. Choose happiness. Choose love. Get up on the opposite side of the bed, walk in a different direction.

Get a new perspective.

a morning rainbow

 

Calling All Goddesses!

That’s right, I’ll be at the Boise Goddess Fest this coming weekend, July 22 from 10 am – 9 pm and July 23 from 10 am – 5pm. All at Julia Davis Park near the band shell.

I’ll have my books and my crystals for sale. And if nothing else, come and see all the vendors, eat some great food, enjoy the entertainment and stop and visit. I love meeting people.

www.GoddessFest.org  check it out!

Live for the Beauty of Your Own Reality

Don’t live your life according to someone else’s reality. Their goals, expectations, and judgments are not the same as yours. Don’t make decisions based on misinformed perceptions.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I’m not talking about career, I’m talking about life in general. What did you think your future would look like?

What do you see happening for yourself five or ten years from now? Is this the path you chose for yourself? Or one someone else chose for you?

Their reality is not the same as yours. Remember that. Define YOUR reality, and live in the beauty and truth of that. Then, and only then, will you find true happiness, joy, and success.

It’s never too late to have a Happily Ever After.

 

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