Author Interview: Greg Messel
What is the most enjoyable thing about being an author?
I love the creative part of writing. It happens when you leave the general outline of the story and it starts to write itself and head a direction that you had not anticipated. That process is hard to describe. I make a general outline for the story. As you start writing different feelings and ideas come into your head. I think it’s really important to let these things develop. The “Deadly Plunge” story was resolved in a different way that I first imagined. I like the ending much better now. I did no plan on the kidnapping subplot but I think it makes the story much stronger.
Follow up question, what do you “hate” with regards to writing if there is one?
I enjoy writing more than anything. I’m always fighting self doubt. I’m happy with the story and characters but hope others will like it too.
If you were to have a luncheon with 5 authors (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
I loved the recent Woody Allen movie “MidnightinParis.” It is almost the fantasy of having lunch with five literary heroes. I would like to talk with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Connelly, and I’ve really grown to like Jennifer Weiner. I would love to talk to Ernest Hemingway but I would imagine it to be scary and intimidating. I loved my recent visit toHannibal,Missouri. It would be great to spend some time with Mark Twain.
What was the inspiration behind Deadly Plunge and Last of the Seals?
I had been trying to conceive a story and cast of characters that involved a private detective. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. On a trip back there I found myself thinking about howSan Franciscoin the 1950s. It was then that I got the idea about a detective series set in the late 1950s. I found 1957 and 1958 to be an interesting time inSan Franciscoand the culture. Things were so different. It makes a very interesting back drop for the story. I have to keep reminding myself about the rules of this world. There were very different attitudes towards so many things–notably the role of women.
As of date, you wrote 5 book. Is there a favorite among the 5?
There is always a tendency to think your last book was your favorite. You kind of have a mind set that your latest book–which in my case is “Deadly Plunge”–is your best one. I’m still a little nervous because I haven’t got too much of a reaction yet, so I hope readers like it. I’m very fond of “Last of the Seals” and the baseball history aspect of the story. ”The Illusion of Certainty” is kind of a sad book in many ways but I think it’s my most personal. ”Sunbreaks” is my first novel and will always have a warm place in my heart. It is based on many experiences I had while living inPortland,Oregon. It’s very nostalgic for me.
Who are your literary heroes?
I am in absolute awe of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” It is a long, long novel but worth the trip. It is a true masterpiece. I’m amazed at the great authors who
If Deadly Plunge was adapted for a movie, who are your dream casts?
I would pick Jon Hamm to play Sam Slater. I’m very prejudiced in towards Hamm because I’m a huge fan of the television series “Mad Men.” I think Rachel Evan Wood, would be a great Amelia Ryan. She has a delicate beauty, blonde hair and blue eyes but can be tough. I think the villains would be well-played by Chris Cooper as Lt. Col. Stephen McKinnon and Benico del Toro as the ruthless ex-con who is the muscle man for McKinnon.
Any work in progress?
I’m currently writing my sixth novel and the third in the Sam Slater mystery series. “San Francisco Secrets” will be the sequel to “Deadly Plunge.” It is about a blackmail plot and the secrets that all people have in their lives. It takes place inSan Franciscoin 1958. Sam and Amelia’s relationship continues to rapidly intensify but they are also dealing with secrets.
Where can the readers find you?
My books are on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo Books. You can also find me and interact with me on GoodReads, Twitter and Facebook. Join the discussion on Twitter with @gregmessel. I also have a blog at www.gregmessel.com and my web site at http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/greg-messel.html
ABOUT THE BOOKS
The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together. Sam’s best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried. Then a young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach. Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.
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Former baseball player and newly-minted private investigator, Sam Slater is hired to find out why a rich, politically-well connected San Francisco man, Arthur Bolender, suddenly ended his life by plunging off of the Golden Gate Bridge. All those who know Arthur say unequivocally that he did not commit suicide. However, Bolender’s body was found floating in San Francisco Bay and his car was abandoned in the traffic lane of the bridge. Meanwhile, Sam’s romance with glamorous TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan continues to blossom and deepen. She is now his secret fiancee. Amelia also eagerly helps Sam solve his cases when she’s in town. The key to unraveling the mystery seems to be a strange old Victorian-style house. Bolender’s widow, a rich, seductive socialite named Maggie Bolender, was not even aware that her husband owned the house. What is really going on behind the doors of the mysterious house? Finding the answers will plunge Sam and Amelia into a dangerous world of political intrigue in the exciting sequel to “Last of the Seals.”
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Greg Messel has written four novels and three unpublished memoirs. He published his premiere novel “Sunbreaks” in 2009, followed by Expiation in 2010 and The Illusion of Certainty in 2011. Last of the Seals is the first in a series of mysteries which are set in 1957 San Francisco. The second book in the series Deadly Plunge will be published around Christmas of 2012. Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had a newspaper career as a columnist, sportswriter and news editor. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist while working for a daily newspaper in Wyoming. Greg also spent many years in the corporate world as a Financial Manager. He now devotes his energies to writing at his home in Edmonds, Washington on the Puget Sound just north of Seattle, where he lives with his wife, Carol.
Monday, November 5
Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, November 6
Guest Blogging at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Wednesday, November 7
Book Feature at Between the Covers (Deadly Plunge)
Thursday, November 8
Interview at Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
Friday, November 9
Book Review & Guest Blogging at My Reading Table (Deadly Plunge)
Monday, November 12
Book Review at Teena in Toronto
Tuesday, November 13
Read-A-Chapter at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, November 14
Guest Blogging at Night Owl Reviews
Thursday, November 15
Book Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book
Monday, November 19
Interview at The Solitary Bookworm
Tuesday, November 20
Interview at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, November 21
Book Trailer Reveal at Beyond the Books
Thursday, November 22
Friday, November 23
Book Trailer Reveal at Rainy Day Reviews
Monday, November 26
Interview at Blogcritics
Friday, November 30
Book Review at Bless Their Hearts Mom (Deadly Plunge)
Monday, December 3
Book Review at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink (Last of the Seals)
Wednesday, December 5
Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
Thursday, December 6
Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea (Deadly Plunge)
Friday, December 7
Book Trailer Spotlight at If Books Could Talk
Monday, December 10
Book Review & Interview at Jersey Girl Book Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
Tuesday, December 11
Character Letter to Santa Claus at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, December 12
Book Review at All Grown Up (Deadly Plunge)
Thursday, December 13
Book Review at The Self-Taught Cook (Deadly Plunge)
Friday, December 14
Book Review & Interview at From the TBR Pile (Deadly Plunge)
Wednesday, January 2
Book Review at The Book Connection (Last of the Seals)
Thursday, January 3
Book Review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner (Last of the Seals)
Friday, January 4
Book Review at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink (Deadly Plunge)
Tuesday, January 8
Book Review at Kaisy Daisy’s Corner (Deadly Plunge)
Wednesday, January 9
Book Review at Rainy Day Reviews (Deadly Plunge)
Thursday, January 10
Book Review at Sarah Ballance (Deadly Plunge)
Friday, January 11
Interview at American Chronicle