A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.
Reed Ferguson’s first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a lot of humor. With a great supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed’s not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed’s computer geek friend, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is detective noir at its best. Follow Reed as he solves crime akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.
Targeted Age Group:: adults
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Writing mysteries can be a challenge, as you want to keep the reader turning pages, and you also want to keep them guessing. And it’s also a challenge to make sure that you’re being fair to the reader – having something happen because of coincidence or without rhyme or reason isn’t fair.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t publish your first book – you may think it’s great, but the reality is it’s probably not. It takes time to hone your craft, so do this before you hit the ‘publish’ button. And do things professionally; this is a business and it should be treated like that. And don’t give up; if you want this, make it happen.
Renée Pawlish is the award-winning author of the bestselling Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the first in the Nephilim trilogy, the Reed Ferguson mystery series (This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies, Reel Estate Rip-off, The Maltese Felon, and the short story Elvis And The Sports Card Cheat), The Noah Winters YA Adventure series (The Emerald Quest), Take Five, a short story collection, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a nonfiction account of a haunted house investigation.
Renée has been called “a promising new voice to the comic murder/mystery genre” and “a powerful storyteller”. Nephilim Genesis of Evil has been compared to Stephen King and Frank Peretti.
Renée was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she’s not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries, thrillers and horror. She loves to travel and has visited numerous countries. She has also spent many summer days at her parents’ cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to write a detective story where we meet the detective on his very first case, and I wanted something fun, and that reflected my own love of old movies.
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