Award-winning former journalist Kristi Belcamino’s debut mystery BLESSED ARE THE DEAD is an atmosphere-rich sojourn that has been compared to Sue Grafton and offers chilling, authentic glimpses into the mind of a psychopath while also mining the psyche of an extremely likeable and sympathetic protagonist.
The novel was inspired by Belcamino’s dealings on her crime beat with a serial killer who police and FBI agents linked to the kidnapping and murders of at least two little girls. When the man died in prison two years ago, she was called for a comment. Belcamino’s personal past colors this smart, effective novel that showcases a strong new voice in the market.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I used Imovie and finished it in about three days. I loved it and was pretty much obsessed with the process, which was all self taught by googling how to use IMovie. I did spend about $30 on stock photos but that was the only expense.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My dealings with a serial killer while I was a crime reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kristi Belcamino is a writer, photographer, and artist who also bakes a tasty biscotti. In her former life, as an award-winning crime reporter at newspapers in California, she flew over Big Sur in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, watched autopsies, and conversed with serial killers. During her decade covering crime, Belcamino wrote and reported about many high-profile cases including the Laci Peterson murder and Chandra Levy disappearance. She has appeared on Inside Edition and local television shows. Her work has appeared in such prominent publications as Salon, the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, and Chicago Tribune.