About Hit and Mist
Hit and Mist: A Silicon Valley Mystery
4th In Series
Publisher: BGM Press
Paperback: 213 pages
Digital ASIN: B087YQ9CKK
He’s determined to prove his friend innocent of homicide. He may make things worse….
When Marty’s surfer-dude pal is arrested for murder, he must squeeze his amateur sleuthing into his packed schedule. With his high-tech job busier than ever and his nieces’ antics sidetracking him, Marty’s ready for a Thanksgiving holiday. All he has to do is solve two murders. But if he can’t even convince his sister to bake his favorite chocolate pie, how can he hope to save his friend?
With the help of his girlfriend, some wacky coworkers and Buddy the rambunctious Labrador, Marty sets out to disprove the ironclad evidence. But as the suspect list blossoms out of control, his bumbling efforts might lead him into problems faster than a failing hard drive.
Can he clear his friend’s name before he’s blown to bits?
Hit and Mist is the fourth book in the riotous Silicon Valley cozy mystery series. If you like your murder cases twisty, your suspect lists long, and your detectives clueless, then you’ll love Marc Jedel’s humorous murder adventure.
Buy Hit and Mist to stumble onto the truth today!
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
Marc: Like most authors, I’ve always loved to read and make up stories. As a child, I had a special notebook for writing my stories. For a not-so-surprising reason, these always seemed to focus on a boy becoming the hero of his Little League baseball team. I became disheartened when I realized that I didn’t have the power to turn my fictional stories into reality. Since I also lacked the power to hit home runs, I switched sports and tried writing different stories.
What genres do you write in?
Marc: All four of my novels in the Silicon Valley Mystery series are cozy mysteries. These are light, fun stories where any violence or sex takes place off the page. I was comfortable in this genre because writing scary scenes at night would scare me, and writing sex scenes would scare my friends and family. I’ve got ideas for a fantasy novel, a sci-fi, and a thriller but I’ve also got ideas for more Silicon Valley Mystery novels as well as an idea for another cozy mystery series so we’ll see what winds up coming out next.
What drew you to writing this specific genre?
Marc: A few years ago, I picked up my wife’s copy of a Janet Evanovich novel. She got mad when I didn’t return it until I’d finished. My wife that is, not Janet. Janet would probably be happy because I’ve purchased a number of her other books and even consulted her How I Write book when I started my first book. I wouldn’t even mind if Janet decided to tell all her readers that they should try my books too (in case you’re reading this, Hi Janet!) Since then, I’ve read many other books in this genre and enjoy the good ones for a light, humorous read.
How did you break into the field?
Marc: I believe my entire professional life in marketing has been about writing fiction. We just called it emails, websites, and marketing collateral. After wanting to write a book for many years, I finally buckled down to actually trying it. Lots of work, walks with my wife and dog, and drafts led to my first novel getting published. The next ones have come easier, but still involved a lot of dog walking. But, because my dog doesn’t laugh at my jokes, he’s not getting co-author credit.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Marc: I hope readers laugh and enjoy spending time with the characters while they read my novels. I put a lot of effort into making these stories as good as possible so I hope readers will appreciate and benefit from the effort. There may be some deep, meaningful themes incorporated in my stories, but those would have happened by accident. Hit and Mist is a fun, light story about a good guy, who wants a nice, quiet life and to spend more time with his girlfriend. When his buddy is found at the murder scene and jailed, Marty decides to do his own sleuthing to get his buddy out of jail before Thanksgiving. Everything goes sideways, as often happens with Marty’s investigations, and he must race to solve the crime before things blow up in his face.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Marc: I enjoy hearing from readers in emails or via reviews they post. I love when readers find something in my books that makes them laugh, or remember some funny story that they share with me. With their permission, I’ve adapted a number of entertaining anecdotes for use in my Silicon Valley Mystery series.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Marc: In the past I used to tell people that trying to stay focused while working isolated from home was tough. But now that everyone’s been doing it for the last few months, it’s no longer so unusual. For me, developing a fun and interesting plot always seems to take a long time. Once I’ve got a solid plot outlined, the novel seems to come along at a steady pace.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Marc: Read more and read widely. Reading different authors and genres is the best way to learn what works and what doesn’t. And, start writing. It’s easier than ever to become a writer but just as difficult as always to be a good one. Practice with a diary or use some of the writing prompts you can find on the internet.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Marc: I read mysteries, sci-fi, and thrillers and sometimes read biographies and science non-fiction. I also read the newspaper, some magazines, and the mail. So I guess you could conclude I’m a reader.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Marc: A surprising number of the anecdotes and parts of the text exchanges in my books are based on real life. For example, most of Buddy’s escapades across the series are based on a few friends’ dogs. (My own dog is too small and neurotic to be helpful as an inspiration for Buddy.) And the ice cream truck story about Marty’s kids in Uncle and Ants (Book 1) actually happened with my kids. As for the rest, it’s loosely based on reality except where I’ve exaggerated, made it up or falsified my memories to fit the story.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Marc: Hit and Mist and the entire Silicon Valley Mystery series are available free to Kindle Unlimited readers. Audiobook versions from Tantor Audio/Recorded Books are available for the first three books almost everywhere audiobooks are sold. For more about me or my books, please visit:
- My Website: www.marcjedel.com. Sign up to learn of special offers and get free chapters.
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarcJedel.Author
- BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/marc-jedel
- GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18403497.Marc_Jedel
- Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/mjedel/
About Marc Jedel
For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of this evolving, quirky sibling relationship.
My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.
The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. And achieving Amazon Best Seller status gave me even better adjectives to use in front of “author.” This has led to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”
My family would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I’m comfortable with that situation.
Like Marty, I live in Silicon Valley and can’t believe that otherwise normal people would willingly jump out of an airplane and call it fun. Unlike Marty, I have a wonderful wife and a neurotic but sweet, small dog, who is often the first to weigh in on the humor in my writing.
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