I'm pleased to welcome David Gardner to Cozy Up With Kathy today.
Kathy: THE JOURNALIST is described as a " humorous paranormal thriller", generally not three words that go together. Why group these relatively disparate genres into a cohesive whole?
DG: You’re right, the three words don’t go together, but each one is accurate. I have tried to write serious novels, but I always end up adding humor. That’s how I see the world.
Kathy: In THE JOURNALIST Jeff Beekle creates a fictitious story for a tabloid that turns out to be true. Do you ever read the tabloids? Have you ever read them and wondered if there was some truth behind even the most ridiculous sounding ones?
DG: I read tabloids off and on. The more unbelievable the story, the better. No, I do not believe what I read, but I always wonder if others do. I find it troubling that some people might actually believe the outrageous political articles that some tabloids publish.
Kathy: Jeff gets involved with some spirits. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had a ghostly encounter?
DG: No, I don’t believe in ghosts and have never had a ghostly encounter. When the end comes, however, I wouldn’t mind becoming a friendly ghost and spending my spectral time on the French Riviera.
Kathy: What first drew you to thrillers?
DG: The action. I was a Special Forces paratrooper when I was younger and didn’t know any better.
Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?
DG: Not in fiction. I coauthored three elementary programming books for Prentice Hall, however, and have written way too many mind-numbing computer manuals.
Kathy: Tell us about your book.
DG: “The Journalist: A Paranormal Thriller” (February 2021, Encircle Publications, LLC.)
Writing for a cheesy Boston tabloid, Jeff Beekle fabricates a whimsical tale about a mob-built CIA prison for ghosts, which turns out to be true and gets him into a world of trouble with the mob and the CIA.
“The Last Speaker of Skalwegian” (September 2021, Encircle Publications, LLC.)
DG: Desperate to salvage his teaching career as a linguistics professor, mild-mannered Lenny Thorson seizes the opportunity to document the Skalwegian language with its last living speaker, Charlie Fox. But Charlie is not who he claims to be, and Lenny finds himself in trouble with his dean, the police and a gangster boss.
Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
DG: Colette, the protagonist’s ghostly great-grandmother. She was a high-kicking dancer at gentlemen’s clubs in Paris in the 1930s, then led a resistance unit during World War II until the Germans captured and executed her. She’s sexy and sassy and irreverent.
Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your book?
DG: My wife Nancy, also a writer, and I made a rest stop on the Interstate a few years ago, which gave me the opportunity to thumb through the tabloids. I spotted an article about a prison that the mob supposedly built for the federal government and another one about ghosts. It took just seconds to put the two together to form the foundation for a novel. The writing itself took two hard years.
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
DG: I wanted to make people laugh and also to think.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
DG: Carl Hiassen, Vladimir Nabokov, Jane Austen, Dave Barry
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
DG: “Celestine” by Kevin St. Jarre
“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
DG: I hike, bike, fool around with astrophotography and play the keyboard with no discernible talent whatsoever.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
DG: Blueberries (frozen or fresh) for blueberry shortcake (much better than strawberries—give it a try), Greek yogurt, fresh carrots, canned whipped cream for the shortcake.
Kathy: Do you have plans for future books?
DG: I’ve sent “The Accidental Spy” to my publisher (Encircle Publishers, LLC). It’s a whimsical thriller and a study in guilt and redemption. An unemployed professor takes a job in high tech only to discover that he’s hilariously unqualified. He outsources his job to a company in India and to his astonishment ends up as an accidental spy.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
DG: I love to write. I get into my zone and stay there for hours.
Let me add my least favorite: I hate marketing my books.
A Paranormal Thriller
by David Gardner
August 1-31, 2021 Tour
If Jeff can't save his ghostly ancestors from disappearing, so will he.
Writing for a cheesy Boston tabloid, Jeff Beekle fabricates a whimsical tale about a mob-built CIA prison for ghosts.
Which turns out to be true.
Now both the mob and the CIA have Jeff in their sights.
Even worse, Jeff discovers that his great-grandmother is an inmate and that she and the other spectral residents are being groomed as CIA spies. (And why not? They're invisible, draw no salary, and won't hop into bed with enemy agents.)
To his horror, Jeff learns that ancestors held too long in earthly captivity will vanish as if never born, taking with them all their descendants, which includes him.
Can Jeff outwit the mob and the CIA, free his ghostly ancestors, destroy the prison and save himself?
Genre: Humorous Paranormal Thriller
Published by: Encircle Publications, LLC
Publication Date: February 10th 2021
Number of Pages: 322
ISBN: 164599144X (ISBN13: 9781645991441)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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David Gardner grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, served in Army Special Forces and earned a Ph.D. in French from the University of Wisconsin. He has taught college, worked as a reporter and sold women’s shoes.
He coauthored three programming books for Prentice Hall, wrote dozens of travel articles as well as too many mind-numbing computer manuals before happily turning to fiction.
He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Nancy, also a writer. He hikes, bikes, messes with astrophotography and plays the keyboard with no discernible talent whatsoever.
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