Today’s interview is with Steven Pustay, author of 0-0-Dead.
Please see it below.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Steven Pustay – Canton, OH
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
0-0-Dead – Murder Mystery/Police Procedural
3) What is the book about?
Marc Nixon manages a pickleball league in a gated community in Naples, Fl. He imagines the game, the league and the warm summer evening play perfect. He is perfectly wrong.
A murder brings secrets and horrors to light and blurs deeply Marc’s idea of perfection.
Detective Thomas Fraiser and his partner Fran Degardo pass through the gates and into a community that imagines it has protected itself from the violence and evil of the outside world. Thomas Fraiser knows the security gate offers no such protection. He knows this, because his own demons have come along for the ride.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’d written a statistical book for pickleball players (Inside the Game: The Madness, Metrics, and Methods of Winning Pickleball) and a friend and fellow player who’d read it challenged me to write a murder mystery with a pickleball theme.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
I wrote the project as a serialized novel and gave members of our pickleball club (hofcpickleball.com) several chapters each week from October through December. Writing a serialized book is a challenge. Each episode needs to be its own story. Each episode needs to have some hook (cliffhanger) to draw the readers back again. Each episode needs to be polished, edited carefully, made ready for the public. Knocking those out every week was a challenge and required real literary and physical discipline. No days off from writing!
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
No videos but a website / blog (https://pustays.wixsite.com/towardthemark)
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Treat writing like work. Approach it with discipline, pride in your work. Consider it a craft and make every effort to polish your skillset. Read everything.
Cover Artists – My son and I collaborate on Covers. He’s a skilled photoshop editor. His P.H.D thesis was published and he designed the cover. Brilliant! He’s helped with all four of mine (I’m working on Mob Girls: Genesis, my fourth book currently.)
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
Mystery. Thrillers. Detective Fiction. I find real pleasure in Craig Johnson’s Longmire Series. Grand Schemed classics. Middlemarch, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis. Steinbeck, Hemingway. I have reviewed lots of books and am open to do that.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
East of Eden Steinbeck – The scale. The time period. The idea that monster’s do indeed exist. The caprice of timing and how all can be won or lost on some knife edge of history. That family bonds are both fragile and lasting.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
None now. But cats, lots.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I read all my e-books on an old but very useable iPad.