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K Street Killing (Washington Whodunit)
by Colleen Shogan
About the Book
K Street Killing (Washington Whodunit)
4th in Series
Camel Press (July 15, 2018)
Paperback: 242 pages
It’s the height of campaign season, and instead of relishing newlywed bliss with her husband Doug Hollingsworth, Capitol Hill staffer Kit Marshall is busy with a tough reelection fight for her boss, member of Congress Maeve Dixon. Before Maeve and her staff–Kit included–leave Washington, D.C. to campaign full time in North Carolina, they have one last fundraising engagement.
On the iconic rooftop of a restaurant overlooking the Capitol and the Washington monument, Kit and her best pal Meg do their best to woo wealthy lobbyists for sizable campaign donations. Everyone’s enjoying the evening soiree until a powerful K Street tycoon mysteriously tumbles off the rooftop. Even with claims the fall must be suicide, Detective Maggie Glass and Kit aren’t so easily convinced foul play isn’t at work. While balancing Doug’s mid-life career crisis, Kit must spring into action to discover who killed the notorious Van Parker before Dixon’s candidacy sputters, even if it means investigating Meg’s handsome new beau, the victim’s conniving widow, and a bicycle advocate hell-bent on settling a long-standing grudge. When threatening note is left on Kit’s car, warning her to back off the investigation, she knows she’s closing in on the true story of what happened.
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’d written a great deal as a former professor and congressional staffer but had never tried writing fiction before I published “Stabbing in the Senate.” I’d read many mysteries over the years and I came up with the plot for “Stabbing” one day when taking a walk in my suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. I suppose the story found me, and then I learned how to write it.
What genres do you write in?
I write both non-fiction and fiction (mystery). Most of my non-fiction writing is about American politics, Congress, and leadership. Writing fiction is a welcome creative release.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I’m a political scientist by training so it makes sense that both my fiction and non-fiction writing is tied together by telling interesting, unusual stories about American politics.
How did you break into the field?
In my fiction writing, I wrote a draft of my first book, “Stabbing in the Senate.” Then I worked with a peer review group through Sisters in Crime to improve it. I also consulted a professional editor, who really helped correct novice mistakes. Friends also read the manuscript and provided feedback. When I thought the manuscript was the best I could write, I queried agents. Luckily, I was able to secure representation, which led to a three-book contract for the Washington Whodunit series.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
First and foremost, I want them to enjoy the mystery. When readers buy a mystery, they want a credible whodunit that keeps them guessing until the end. Second, I hope to provide information about what makes Washington, D.C. tick. It’s understandable that many Americans have disdain for American politics these days. I want to present the other side of the story and let readers know there’s also many well-intentioned, conscientious people who work in our nation’s capital.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
It’s gratifying when a reader emails me out of the blue and tells me she’s finished one of my books and liked it. I also appreciate constructive feedback about my characters, plots, and locations!
What do you find most challenging about writing?
It’s hard to find the time to write when working a full-time, demanding job. I work at the Library of Congress, so I am lucky that my colleagues are very supportive of my writing. It’s a welcoming place for creative people.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Keep writing and rewriting. Also, it’s important to learn the business of writing, which is distinct, but as important, as the craft of writing. It pays to be informed about how the publishing industry operates.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Of course, I read mysteries. But I also like reading biographies and memoirs. I’m story-driven more than anything, so it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or non-fiction. I prefer compelling stories in which the characters or people evolve and change.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I’m a dog lover and feature my real-life dog, Conan, in my books. His name in the series is Clarence. Many of the stories about Clarence I write in the novels are based upon the actual antics of Conan. He’s pictured on the front cover of all my books!
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
About the Author
Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She conceived of the plot of her first mystery one morning while taking a walk in her suburban Washington, D.C. neighborhood. A political scientist, she previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. She is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress who works on great initiatives such as the National Book Festival. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan. She is the recipient of the Next Generation Indie Prize for Best Mystery.
Webpage – www.colleenshogan.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/washingtonwhodunit
Twitter – www.twitter.com/cshogan276
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