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16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
by Larissa Reinhart
16 Millimeters: A Maizie Albright Humorous Mystery
2nd in Series
Past Perfect Press (October 17, 2017)
Print Length: 320 pages
Kindle ASIN: B074TW9MZ8
#StillAWannabeDetective In continuing her career-makeover quest as a for-real detective, ex-teen and reality star Maizie Albright has a big learning curve to overcome. A sleuthing background starring in a TV show— Julia Pinkerton, Teen Detective—does not cut the real life mustard. It doesn’t even buy her lunch, let alone extra condiments. Her chosen mentor, Wyatt Nash of Nash Security Solutions, is not a willing teacher. He’d rather stick Maizie with a safe desk job and handle the security solution-ing himself. But Maizie’s got other plans to help Nash. First, win Nash’s trust. Second, his heart.
Wait, not his heart. His respect. His hearty respect.
So when a major movie producer needs a babysitter for his hot mess starlet, Maizie eagerly takes the job. But when her starlet appears dead, and then not dead, Maizie’s got more than an actress to watch and a missing corpse to find. Body doubles, dead bodies, and hot bodies abound when the big screen, small screen, and silent screams collide. Maizie’s on the job, on the skids, and on thin ice, hunting a killer who may be a celebrity stalker. And Maizie just might be the next celebrity who gets snuffed.
Interview With The Author
What initially got you interested in writing? Reading, I’m sure. I’ve always written stories since kindergarten/first grade. I used to write lists of all the words I knew in preschool. I think I’ve always loved words.
What genres do you write in? Mostly humorous mysteries although I’ve venturing into romantic comedies, which are a similar voice to my mysteries just with less dead bodies.
What drew you to writing these specific genres? I love humor. I love crime. I love romance. They’re wonderful thrown together.
How did you break into the field? I’m really lucky. Although I’ve always been interested in storytelling, I didn’t write a full novel until I was thirty-nine. In school, my creative writing and English teachers liked my writing and encouraged me, but I never wrote more than short stories. Mostly I just played around with stories inside my head. But while we were living in Japan (the third time), I wasn’t working, my young children were in school, and I finally took the time to write again. After about eighteen months, I returned from Japan with two manuscripts. One will never see the light of day and the second was PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY. That book sold to Henery Press the following year. And I’ve been scrambling to write down and publish all the stories in my head ever since.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works? I hope they’re entertained. I’d love it if I made them snort or at least, chuckle.
What do you find most rewarding about writing? Hearing from my readers. Particularly readers who are going through a hard time and found my books helped them escape for a little while. Books have always been an escape from me and I’m glad I can help others in this small way.
What do you find most challenging about writing? The middle of the book. I hit about 30,000 words and everything stops. Which means I need to pull out of the story, read what I’ve written, and think about what really needs to happen before continuing.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field? Read a lot in your genre. Read outside your genre. Go to writing conferences. Join writing groups, professional — like Romance Writers of America or Sisters in Crime— and private, like a critique group. Write every day. And thicken that skin!
What type of books do you enjoy reading? All sorts. I’ll get on an author or genre kick and binge. I’ve been on an Ira Levin and Elmore Leonard kick lately. I love Young Adult and Historical Romance as fun escapism. I always read a classic horror in the fall. I read a lot of romantic comedies and chick lit. Huge Southern fiction fan. Mysteries, of course, both classic and contemporary. The occasional thriller. SciFi and fantasy sometimes. Classic literary fiction. I read non-fiction if I’m doing research. My main criteria for reading (except non-fiction) are the characters. If I don’t connect or like the characters, the book doesn’t work for me.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? Most people find it interesting that I’ve lived in Japan four times (I just returned to Georgia this May) and my family was on HGTV’s House Hunters International while we were living in Nagoya, Japan this last time. We’re the “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya, Japan” episode. Sometimes we’re a rerun!
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work? Join my newsletter at http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, my website (larissareinhart.com) and other social media channels, although I’m mostly a Facebook/Instagram girl. If you join my newsletter, you’ll get a free short story and get access to exclusive giveaways and contests.
Thanks so much for having me on!
Larissa is a 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, 2014 finalist for the Silver Falchion and Georgia Author of the Year, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, have been living in Nagoya, Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, or join her Facebook street team, The Mystery Minions.
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