Hey there everyone.
So very good to see you all again.
For tonight’s entertainment in the Author Interviews series, may I present to you all author Glenn Harris, as he takes the stand to tell us about his long running and immensely satisfying crime thriller series, along with his inspirations and writing advice.
Here we go, on with the show and thanks as always for reading.
Hi there Glenn, thank you for taking the time to be our featured guest here today to chat with us about your exciting crime thrillers.
Let’s start with your Clint McCall / Devon Malone mysteries. You have now published the fifth book in the series earlier this year. Please tell us more about who exactly Clint and Devon are, their chemistry/relationship with each other and how their stories and character arcs have progressed then evolved over the course of the series.
Thanks for inviting me, David. As we get to know them in the series, Clint and Devon are private detectives in Portland, Oregon. Clint is a former Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter and college professor who’s also a trained martial artist, a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo. Devon is a former missing persons detective with the Portland Police Bureau, a smart, spirited, and tough woman who brooks no sentimental nonsense. When they first meet (which we’ll actually see in the next book, a prequel), Devon is still with the police bureau and they do not exactly hit it off.
Over the course of the five books so far, they have gone from bickering antagonists to partners in the detective agency — and also partners in a romantic relationship. They both are slowly learning to open up. It’s harder for Devon than it is for Clint, for a variety of reasons that we have yet to learn.
What are the main aspects that compel you to write crime thriller fiction? Is this a particular genre that you have always been interested in? What tweaks do you like to do with the genre to then call it your own?
I actually started out as a committed science fiction fan, probably because the first “grown-up” book I read was Star Bridge by Jack Williamson and James E. Gunn, which remains to this day one of my favourite adventure stories. But I had been reading the Hardy Boys, too, and I didn’t leave them behind. As I got older, the idea of solving mysteries right here on earth grew more intriguing than confronting them in outer space. My books are indeed thrillers, in that Clint and Devon always seem to be faced with ticking clocks and people trying to kill them, but the books are also old-fashioned detective stories. Our hero and heroine are out to solve a mystery, save the good guys, and get the bad guys.
My particular tweak is a little subtle but a lot of fun to write: even though Clint is in many ways the classic detective-genre tough guy, it’s actually Devon who’s the tougher one.
If any of your novels were to be made into films (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?
That’s an interesting question, where Clint is concerned. I’ve known for a long time that I would want Sarah Shahi (Shaw on TV’s Person of Interest) to play Devon Malone. As for Clint? He’s in his early fifties, average height, very fit of course…There are a lot of Hollywood actors who could do it.
What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
Ah, the difficulties are beyond counting. Two of the most difficult, for me, are maintaining continuity of minor details through a long series of books and coming up with interesting descriptions. For some reason, all my streets and restaurants and warehouses want to look the same. The fact that in real life they generally do look very much alike doesn’t help.
The easiest thing for me? No question: dialogue. It almost always just flows. I put a couple of characters together and it’s like I’m just listening to them talk, writing it down as they speak.
Who are some of the authors and historical figures that inspire you?
I will name just one and the choice is probably not an obvious one: Nora Roberts. I love her “In Death” series that she writes as J. D. Robb, but what I find really inspiring is how incredibly much she has improved as a writer since her early days of Silhouette Romances. It gives me hope that my next book will always be better than my last.
What sort of research did you do to write your books?
These books don’t require much in the way of esoteric research. Primarily driving around Portland, selecting locations, learning routes, getting a feel for neighborhoods.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I think simply discovering the local library inspired me. I wrote my first “poem” in the second grade and my first “short story” in the fifth. I’ve always been a writer, even while also having a number of other careers.
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
When I find myself feeling discouraged or unable to move forward with a work in progress, it’s always because I’ve made a poor decision that needs to be fixed. Something in the plot, in the dialogue, in the characters themselves has just gone awry and I haven’t seen it yet. I have to see it and fix it. Then I can move on.
You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Spend more time trying to find an agent. A lot more time.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
Primarily reading mysteries or watching procedurals on TV. What can I say? I like mysteries.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?
As I mentioned, I’m currently finishing the sixth book, a prequel entitled Death Comes Around. I already have a good outline for the seventh, Mortal Vows, and a title for the eighth (Murder Moon and More). After that, who knows?
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Everybody’s different, but there’s one thing that all aspiring writers must do: Keep writing, no matter what.
And that’s a wrap! Thank you for stopping by Glenn and keep those mysteries coming, I detect that we will have a good time reading them 🙂
Glenn Harris is the author of the Clint McCall – Devon Malone Mystery series featuring two Portland, Oregon, private detectives. He lives and writes in the middle of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area (Hood River, Oregon).
His former lives include college English teacher, private K-12 school director, graphic design business owner, weekly newspaper managing editor, corporate manager, and taekwondo instructor.
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