BREAKTHROUGH NEW AUTHOR
Janey Mack grew up always wanting to be a cop but her dad wouldn’t let her so she did the next best thing. She created Maisie McGrane, who gets to do everything Janey can’t.
Janey lives with her husband and children in Arizona, within driving distance of her brothers.
JANEY MACK Q & A
1.) What does your writing process look like?
I can write anywhere and everywhere. I like noise. I split my time between scads of 25¢ back-to-school wide-lined notebooks with Ultra Fine Sharpies and typing on my Mac.
2.) Any strange writing habits?
Aside from not minding a circus’ worth of ruckus? When I get stuck, I take a long solo drive or hit the shower and stay under the spray until I find a solution or run out of hot water–whichever comes first.
3.) What book do you wish you could have written?
Anything by Fleming, Hammett or Chandler.
4.) What authors inspire you?
Harlan Coben, Charlaine Harris and Lee Child, because they write what I aspire to–thrilling, happy escapism.
5.) Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Racy? Action?
I love action. And I adore writing flirtatious scenes. But sex scenes? Ugh. Not so much. To me the tension of the relationship is so much more thrilling than any rendition of the actual act. It’s why noir’s fade to black leaves you with lingering shivers.
6.) How many books have your written prior?
One. A murky, violent historical romance that was laughably unsuited for its intended market.
7.) Any secret research weapons?
The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker, TheExpiredMeter.com and RealPolice.net
8.) What are you working on now?
A Maisie McGrane sequel.
9.) Do you drink? Smoke?
I’m Irish, so–like a fish. And nope.
10.) What are you afraid of?
I’m claustrophobic with a dash of aquaphobia, so pretty much submarines. Which is weird, I know, because I love Das Boot and devour maritime thrillers.
11.) Do you have any scars? What are they from?
A few. Unfortunately the one with the best story–my brother throwing a knife at me–is the least impressive.
12.) What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
I didn’t do it.
Roy the Wonder Dog