2017 Author Interviews

Author John Hemingway, a 2017 Mystery Fest Key West headliner, sits with his grandfather Ernest’s typewriter and other memorabilia in the late author’s Key West writing studio. 2017 Fest highlights include a reception and dinner at the Hemingway Home and Museum.
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Interview with John Hemingway

Event organizers have announced that John Hemingway, grandson of the late Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway, is set to be a special guest speaker during the Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery fiction and true crime authors and the readers who love them, set for June 16-18, 2017.

The American-born, Canada-based writer and translator’s articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. He was a contributor to the Murder In Key West 3”short-story anthology (“Nacho y Lucrezia”) and his critically acclaimed memoir, “Strange Tribe” (Lyons Press, May 2007), examines the complex relationship and striking similarities between his father, Dr. Gregory Hemingway and his grandfather, Ernest.

A riveting storyteller, John has run 16 times with the bulls at the festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, a Spanish tradition that dates back to as early as the 14th century. A father of two, John currently resides in Canada with his wife Kristina.

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Author Clifford Irving

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Interview with Clifford Irving

Acclaimed American novelist and New York Times best-selling author Clifford Irving is set to appear as Keynote Speaker for the June 16-18 Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and high-profile mystery writers, true crime experts and fans, held at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key.

His works have run a gamut from restless youth searching for hope and meaning - “On a Darkling Plain” (1956) and “The Losers” (1958), to history - “The Battle of Jerusalem: The Six-Day War of June, 1967” (1970), memoir – “The Hoax” (1972), in which he tells how he perpetrated the Howard Hughes Autobiography Hoax – to numerous true-crime and legal thrillers.

Today, more than 20 novels bear his name, with several adapted for television. Those attending the Fest will have the opportunity to meet and gain insights from him. In the meantime, the author agreed to answer a few questions about his work and methods:

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Author Randy Rawls

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Interview with Randy Rawls

Author Randy Rawls is a man of mystery. He’s past-president of the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas private-eye series, the Tom Jeffries South Florida PI series, and the Beth Bowman South Florida PI series, as well as short stories in various anthologies. His latest, “Justice Secured,” is a standalone featuring Josh Hawkins, ex-Army Special Forces officer and a PI in South Florida. 

Rawls is set to appear as a headlining guest at the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West, a gathering of award-winning and high profile mystery and true-crime authors, experts and fans happening June 16-18 in the Southernmost city.

The South Florida based author agreed to share some insights about his work and methods in advance of the Fest:

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2016 Author Interviews

Interview with Robert K. Tanenbaum

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum is set to headline the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest, June 10-12, 2016. Three true-crime books and twenty-seven novels bear his byline - including the celebrated Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi crime/legal thriller series. His twenty-eighth novel, “Infamy,” is due out in September and number twenty-nine is currently in the works. A true-life legal eagle, having never lost a felony trial, Tanenbaum is recognized as one of the nations most respected trial lawyers.

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Interview with Lisa Black

New York Times bestselling novelist Lisa Black is author of a series of acclaimed forensic thrillers: Close to the Bone, The Price of Innocence, Blunt Impact, Defensive Wounds, Trail of Blood, Evidence of Murder, Takeover and the newly released, That Darkness. She is also a professional forensic scientist.

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Interview with Author Timothy Hallinan

With more than two-dozen titles to his credit, Southeast Asia and California-based thriller author Timothy Hallinan is the acclaimed author of three mystery/thriller series and several writing compendium projects, as well as a biography of Charles Dickens. His thrillers have earned prestigious Edgar, Shamus, Macavity, and Nero award nominations and several have been optioned for television and film.

Hallinan's first series, written in the early to mid-1990’s starred the “uselessly over-educated” LA private eye Simeon Grist. In 2007 he launched the Poke Rafferty series - thrillers with heart, soul and a keen social conscience - set in Bangkok. His third series, which hit the stands in 2010, takes a comic twist with the adventures of Junior Bender, a "thief's thief with a moral compass" who works as a PA for the criminal element.

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2015 Author Interviews

Interview with Author James O. Born

Tagged in 2009 as one of Florida's 21 most intriguing people by Florida Monthly Magazine, award-winning crime and science fiction writer James O. Born’s works include three series, a stand-alone novel and a suspense thriller co-authored with Lou Dobbs. He is a formeer US Drug Agent (DEA), a player in the late 1990’s Miami drug war and later a Special Agent with the elite Florida Department of Law Enforcement, working undercover and spending eleven years on the agency’s SWAT team. Continue Reading Here. . .

Interview with Author Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver is a master of psychological suspense and exquisite plot twists; an A-list international bestselling and global multi-award winning author with more than thirty novels to his name and nearly every literary award and nomination that you can think of.   Several of his books have been adapted to films. His mid 1990’s The Bone Collector, featuring quadriplegic protagonist Lincoln Rhyme, is considered one of the best thrillers of all time and became a box office hit featuring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington.
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Interview with Author Libby Fischer Hellmann

Chicago based bestselling and award-winning crime-fiction author Libby Fischer Hellmann joins the Mystery Writers Key West Fest August 14-16 as a guest panelist and moderator. Noted for crafting “compulsively readable thrillers,” her novels include the four-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” a grittier four-volume series starring Georgia Davis PI; and several stand-alone novels, Set the Night on Fire, A Bitter Veil and Havana Lost.
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Interview with Author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is the multi-award winning author of 10 books and a prolific contributor to numerous anthologies. Her novels have been translated into twelve languages, and her seventh, ONE HOT SUMMER, was made into a movie for Lifetime Television. She is author of the widely acclaimed Lupe Solano mystery series, which chronicle the adventures of the “sexy, scrappy” Miami-based, Cuban-American private investigator Solano. Garcia-Aguilera, whose characters run the gamut from geisha’s to nuns, was herself born in Cuba and explored the world of Miami vice as a private investigator for more than 25 years.
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Interview with Author Chris Kuzneski

Chris Kuzneski, set to be a guest panelist at the Mystery Writers Key West Fest in August, is the New York Times bestselling author of two thriller series — the “Payne & Jones” series which chronicles the adventures of a wise-cracking, high-octane pair of former U.S. Special Forces squad mates, and “The Hunters” series, which follows an elite team of renegades as they seek to recover legendary lost treasures. With millions of copies sold, Kuzneski’s works have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been published in more than 40 countries.
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Interview with Author John Cunningham

The very first line of author John H. Cunningham's original Buck Reilly adventure, "Red Right Return," reads as follows: “Fort Jefferson was visible in the distance, seventy miles from Key West, another outcast in the Florida Straits.” Sucked right in - right? Wayfaring through Keys and Caribbean locals, beaches, bars and rum-splashed sunsets, the intrepid author’s Buck Reilly adventures to date include, "Red Right Return," "Green to Go," "Crystal Blue" and “Second Chance Gold." Their leading man is a treasure hunting, adventure seeking, flying boat pilot with an uncanny knack for dalliances, danger and daring escapes. Continue Reading Here...

2014 Author Interviews

Interview with Author Sandra Balzo

Award-winning author Sandra Balzo will appear in Key West, Florida, as a Mystery Writers Key West Fest panelist, along with nearly two dozen cohorts in crime-fiction this coming June 13-15. One Fest guest will claim a walk-on cameo appearance in Balzo’s next Maggy Thorsen coffeehouse novel, ninth in the mystery series that has just been optioned for possible development as a television series.
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Interview with Author Don Bruns

Ohio and Sarasota based mystery suspense writer Don Bruns will appear with nearly two-dozen crime-fiction and true crime authors at the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest this June 13-15. Bruns is an award-winning author of twelve books in two different series, the “Stuff” series and the “Caribbean” series. He agreed to spill a few beans about his life and work.
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Interview with Robert Coburn

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Robert Coburn graduated from Maury High School and then spent three years in the U.S. Army.  Upon his discharge he enrolled in the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary VPI as an engineering student.  A year later he transferred to Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, as an advertising major, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Advertising.
Coburn spent his advertising career at major ad agencies in New York and Los Angeles.  He worked ten years with Doyle Dane Bernbach in New York, starting as a copywriter and becoming a Vice President Copy Supervisor.
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Interview with Author Nancy J. Cohen

Award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen writes humorous mysteries starring a hairstylist as well as paranormal romance novels with a sci-fi or fantasy twist. A line describing one of her books asks,Can a free-spirited ceramic artist and a fierce swordsman trust each other enough to prevent disaster?” Clearly, she is not your usual suspect when it comes to mystery and romance fiction. Cohen will appear with nearly two-dozen crime-fiction and true crime authors at the inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest this June 13-15, 2014.
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Interview with Heather Graham

New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written more than one hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare. She has been published in approximately twenty languages, and has 75 million books in print.
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Interview with Author Carla Norton

Acclaimed novelist and #1 New York Times bestselling true crime writer Carla Norton joins the Mystery Writers Key West Fest June 13-15 as a guest panelist and moderator. A former newspaper and Readers Digest journalist, Norton is author of “Disturbed Ground,” the true story of a boardinghouse proprietor found guilty of murdering tenants and “planting” their bodies in her garden. She is co-author of “Perfect Victim,” the chilling #1 New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Best Seller about the kidnapping of Colleen Stan, “the girl in the box.”  Her debut fiction work, “The Edge of Normal,” has been nominated for a THRILLER AWARD for Best First Novel.
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