Jesse Kellerman interview – Episode 226 Reading & Writing podcast

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Jesse Kellerman interview – Episode 226 Reading & Writing podcast

This podcast originally appears on May 30, 2018. Duration: 22 min.



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Jesse Kellerman has written dozens of plays and published seven novels, two of them cowritten with his father, Jonathan Kellerman. He has won numerous awards, including the Princess Grace Award for Playwriting (“Things Beyond Our Control”) and the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle (“The Genius”/”Les Visages”). His novel “Potboiler” was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. An essay, “Let My People Go to the Buffet,” was included in Penguin’s Best American Spiritual Writing (2011). His next book, Crime Scene, was also cowritten with Jonathan Kellerman and will be published in fall 2017. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and children.



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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A former star athlete turned deputy coroner is drawn into a brutal, complicated murder in this psychological thriller from a father-son writing team that delivers “brilliant, page-turning fiction” (Stephen King).

Natural causes or foul play? That’s the question Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Figuring out motives and chasing down suspects aren’t part of his beat—not until a seemingly open-and-shut case proves to be more than meets his highly trained eye.

Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor, done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert’s life.

What emerges is a history of scandal and violence, and an experiment gone horribly wrong that ended in the brutal murder of a coed. Walter Rennert, it appears, was a broken man—and maybe a marked one. And when Clay learns that a colleague of Rennert’s died in a nearly identical manner, he begins to question everything in the official record.

All the while, his relationship with Tatiana is evolving into something forbidden. The closer they grow, the more determined he becomes to catch her father’s killer—even if he has to overstep his bounds to do it.

The twisting trail Clay follows will lead him into the darkest corners of the human soul. It’s his job to listen to the tales the dead tell. But this time, he’s part of a story that makes his blood run cold.


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Audiobook Blog Tour: Scared to Death

Detective Kay Hunter



“If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully.”



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About Audiobook #1

Author: Rachel Amphlett

Narrator: Alison Campbell

Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 1

Release date: Oct. 2, 2017




Synopsis: “If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully.”

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realized.

With her career in jeopardy – desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun….

Scared to Death is the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future….

If you like the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks series and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, discover Rachel Amphlett’s new detective novels today.


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Rachel Amphlett has found the secret to create a thriller crime series. When I listened to this audiobook I got the sense that everything gels well together.  I’d say the author excels at portraying realistic crime scenes, fascinating plotting, with a unique killer. Which, in this crowded field is easier said than done.  A very solid book and balanced writing.

Narrator Alison Campbell has intriguing style of narration. Her accent is great with the ability to create various character voices.  Pacing is slower, yet lures you more into the story. Great job! I’m definitely looking forward continuing this series!



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*Name at least 3 things you love about writing crime fiction.

  1. I’m always learning something new, whether it’s about police procedure, forensics, or locations

     2. The characters! I always wanted to make sure this series wasn’t just about Kay                   Hunter – there’s a great supporting cast, too

    3.  Trying to out-fox the reader so you can’t guess who the killer is 🙂


*How have authors like Michael Connelly, Lee Child,  and Robert Ludlum influenced you?

Enormously. When I set out to write the Detective Kay Hunter series, I read every interview I could find with Michael Connelly for instance. With a career spanning decades and nearly thirty books in his Harry Bosch world, he’s one of the writers I truly admire in this genre, along with Peter James, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. They all continue to write up to the minute and relevant stories and I’d like to think I could sustain a career with the same longevity.

Reading both Lee Child and Robert Ludlum’s books taught me how important doing your research and pacing in the story are – the two go hand-in-hand, because you musn’t bore the reader!



*What are the major writing difference between spy thrillers with Dan Taylor and crime fiction with Detective Kay Hunter?

The Dan Taylor series is more plot driven, although readers do love the characters, and the Kay Hunter series is more character driven. I think that’s because by the time I started to write the Kay Hunter books I was more confident as a writer and it shows.


*If you could compose a dream team of the top 5 spies who would you select?

Jason Bourne, Nikita, Leon, and Decker and Eva Delacourt from my English Spy Mysteries series!



*A dream team of the top 5 detectives?

That has to be Harry Bosch, Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Alan Banks, and Vera.


*Is it harder to write a thriller or mystery?

I definitely find the spy series (both of them) harder to write, simply due to the amount of research that’s involved.


*Is Detective Kay Hunter based on a real personality?



*What’s next for you?

I’m currently writing the sixth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series, and tapping away at the first in what will be a new crime series in my “spare” time.




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About the Author: Rachel Amphlett

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.











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