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Interview: Kristen Elise, PhD, Writer, Editor & Now Publisher

Cancer Fighter by Day; Murder Mistress by Night

Interviewed by G G Collins     (Copyright 2016)

Kristen had an idea: Invite crime fiction writers from all over the U.S. to take part in an anthology. Big undertaking—and perhaps a bit bigger than she expected. It’s not like she doesn’t have enough to do; important day job, writing books, two websites and her family. But she gently herded 31 writers from every region, slaved over uncooperative technology and voilà, Murder, USA: A Crime Fiction Tour of the Nation is a reality. Here’s how she did it.

  1. What possessed you to put together the mystery anthology Murder, U.S.A.?

Book Murder USA FinalI got the idea for Murder, U.S.A. from a few anthologies that I have seen recently. Typically, anthologies are short story collections, and they do a great job of offering a sampling of the work from multiple authors to readers. However, I’m not a short story writer. Never have been, and doubt I ever will be. So it got me to thinking: what if, instead of a short story collection, we created an anthology of sorts that is just snippets from the novels of novelists? It might be a great way to offer that same sampling of work without asking novelists to come up with short stories to tell. And it might be more representative of what those authors really write.

  1. Tell us something about yourself. Was there anything in your experience that prepared you for this undertaking? Also mention Murder Lab. It’s a terrific website.

Thank you for the compliment! Hmmm… well, I’m a “drug hunter” by day. I work for a biotech company, and my job is to look for molecules that will eventually become cancer medicines. It was in this work that I got the idea for The Death Row Complex, which is featured in Murder, U.S.A. Murder Lab is a website (http://www.murderlab.com/) that I put together a few years ago with the goal of uniting authors, readers, and basically anyone with an interest in crime fiction. You can see my experience from my day job in the website as both are basically a series of “experiments” — except that in my day job, I’m running experiments to identify the right molecules, whereas on Murder Lab, I and the Murder Lab community are constantly experimenting in what makes good crime fiction, how to sell crime fiction, and other such questions. Murder, U.S.A. was another experiment, by the way!

  1.  How did you reach out to other writers to participate?

I posted the idea on Murder Lab, reached out to my mailing list, and reached out via Facebook, Twitter, and whatever social networks I’m a part of. There was quite an amazing response! I’m so pleased with the finished product because it’s exactly what I had in mind—a very diverse collection from a wonderful group of authors. There is something in there for everyone. If you like to read mysteries, thrillers, or suspense novels of any breed, please download your free copy! http://amzn.to/1TBcjir  (Also available wherever eBooks are sold.)

  1.  What are some of the issues you experienced in compiling the excerpts and publishing the book?

    Author Kristen Elise, PhD

    Author Kristen Elise, PhD

Haha! Well, I’m not gonna lie—it was much more work than I thought it would be. I had pictured that since the excerpts were all from published works, there would be no editing and it would just be a matter of putting them together and publishing. Not so much. There were actually a lot of technical difficulties I had to overcome, mostly based on the fact that everyone’s excerpts came in a different format, and I’m not skilled enough with software to just make them all magically become uniform. There were also some publishing difficulties since this was the first work I ever offered perma-free. And the first anthology with multiple authors. And the first book that was filled with links throughout the text. Etc. etc. etc. Having said that, it was a labor of love and I’m SO glad I did it! And the authors are all super cool, and I made a lot of new friends. So… worth every minute of effort.

  1.  Why is the book always free?

I wanted this book to be perma-free across all channels so that it can be available to anyone. The real goal of Murder, U.S.A. was never to sell it as an entity of its own, but rather, to expose the authors and their works to as many readers as possible. It’s a marketing tool, not a product in and of itself. It is my hope that the authors will help to get the book out there, and that readers will buy the books they like based on the excerpts. It is for this reason that there are easy buy links for every book featured in Murder, U.S.A., right there at the end of the excerpt.

  1.  Explain how the book cover came to be. Why did you choose Damon Freeman’s cover company Damonza.com?

I have now used Damonza for four books—both of my full-length novels, Murder, U.S.A., and a fourth book I’m doing as a fee-for-service for another author. I keep going back to them because they do excellent work for a reasonable price and they are highly professional. For this cover, we asked them to come up with a few concepts, which they did, and then I basically took a vote among the authors in the anthology. The cover with the most votes won. Simple as that.

  1.  What would you want readers to know?

Blog Murder Lab ButtonI’d like readers to know that if they sign up on my Murder Lab mailing list (just click the icon in the upper left corner of the page), I’ll send them a free copy of a spreadsheet I put together which a lot of authors are finding very useful. In short, I once spent a giant sum of money on just about every paid advertising site I could find, and then I kept track of which sites really led to sales and which didn’t. Readers can just click that link for further details. I’d also like readers to know about my personal author site, www.kristenelisephd.com. This site is a bit different from Murder Lab in that while Murder Lab is geared toward readers and authors of all crime fiction, my author site is dedicated to topics featured in my own novels—which, by the way, are historical and medical mysteries and thrillers. AND, last, I’d like your readers to know that if they sign up on THAT website’s mailing list, which is separate from Murder Lab since they have different focuses, I will send them a free copy of The Vesuvius Isotope.

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FREE Mystery Anthology: Murder USA is Out!

Murder U.S.A. Promises Country-Wide Crime Spree 

 

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Free Wherever eBooks are Sold: http://amzn.to/1TBcjir

Welcome to a country of mystery, mayhem and murder. Thirty-one mystery writers from all over the US joined forces to wreak havoc. It’s a virtual mystery candy store with everything from Cozy to Procedural to Paranormal. North, south, east or west; we’ve got you covered. No region was spared from the grip of terror.

Atomic Medium

“Atomic Medium” is included in the Southwestern states. Meet Rachel Blackstone, New Mexico journalist and Reluctant Medium–very reluctant. This is the third outing for Rachel in her new persona. This time she and friend Chloe follow the clues to 1945, just before the first atomic bomb is tested–but can they stop those intent on changing history?  Atomic Medium Available at Amazon

And the really big news?  “Murder U.S.A.” is FREE! Free to try new, known and emerging authors. Compiled by Kristen Elise, PhD.

 

Murder U.S.A. Anthology Coming Soon

A Crime Fiction Tour of the Nation

Reported by G G Collins

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Welcome to a country of mystery, mayhem and murder. Thirty-one mystery writers from all over the US joined forces to wreak havoc. It’s a virtual mystery candy store with everything from Cozy to Procedural to Paranormal. North, south, east or west; we’ve got you covered. No region was spared from the grip of terror.

And the really big news? It will be FREE! Free to try new, known and emerging authors. Edited by Kristen Elise, PhD.

More clues are forthcoming.

From Murder Lab: http://www.murderlab.com/

New Book Release: Free June 20, 2015

Atomic Medium Free One Day Only

“We’re three women from two different centuries, trying to save the world from oblivion. I don’t know about you, but that’s way above my pay grade.”

New release, Atomic Medium, will be a free Kindle download Saturday June 20, 2015. One day only! It is Book 3 in the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery series. You don’t need to read them in order. The stories are all separate adventures for new psychic, reporter Rachel Blackstone. But reading them in order does show Rachel’s growth as a Reluctant Medium and how she became one.

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Rachel and friend Chloe are drawn into a paranormal mystery that leads them straight into a historic year, 1945, WWII and the Trinity Test.  It is a world of subterfuge, secrets and danger. If they can’t stop the men intent on sabotage, history will be changed. For Rachel and Chloe, it’s no small task: just save the world.

In Atomic Medium we learn how Kiyiya became Rachel’s spirit animal and there is a surprise about Chloe–one I didn’t see coming either. Mari-Lynn is back as the pot dispensing crystal expert, a boy helps out much to Rachel’s chagrin and the two friends may move on from misdemeanors to higher crimes.

It’s all adventure with a few laughs along the way. Thank you for trying Atomic Medium.

— G G Collins

 

FREE Kindle eBook “Lemurian Medium” Paranormal Mystery

How Far Would You Go to Rescue a Friend?

“Hang on tight…it’s quite a trip!” — Concordia Belle, Amazon Reader/Reviewer

 

FREE May 29 & 30, 2014 at Amazon

 

Rachel BlaBook Cover Newest LM 6-2014ckstone, the Reluctant Medium, travels through time to a place known only by legend. She finds herself on a continent destined to sink beneath the sea. While some of the inhabitants seem friendly, there are others with decidedly violent temperaments. Can she find her friend before cataclysmic events prevent their escape? Find out free. Thank you for reading.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HE18XES

Discover how Rachel Blackstone became the “Reluctant Medium” in Book 1:

http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Medi…um+g+g+collins

FREE eBook “Reluctant Medium” Paranormal Mystery

Would You Return the Dead?

Reluctant Medium

Reluctant Medium

Reluctant Medium is free today (May 17, 2014). Just click on the book cover to try it free.

Yesterday it was #1 in Mystery/Animals; #8 in Mystery/Women Sleuths; and #9 in Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban. Thanks for the fantastic response!

Just one moment of inattention and something evil slips through. Reporter Rachel Blackstone is a fact-based person trying to cope with something that defies explanation.

See how it all began. Today free.

Note: An interview with me will run in the Sunday’s Omni Mystery News. Omni Mystery News is part of a family of mystery publications. It also carries the Mystery Event Calendar. Keep up with all the latest mystery events and read about new and established writers.  Check it out at http://www.omnimysterynews.com/

Link to Meet the Characters Blogfest

Meet Rachel Blackstone, the “Reluctant Medium.”

http://delshereegladden.blogspot.com/2013/10/character-interview-rachel-blackstone.html

This link becomes active at 10:00 a.m. October 23, 2013.

Until then, you can check out all the books and authors at:

http://delshereegladden.blogspot.com/

Thank you for your interest.

— G G Collins

Interview with Rachel Blackstone, the “Reluctant Medium”

Meet Sassy Rachel Blackstone

Interview with character Rachel Blackstone, the “Reluctant Medium” is scheduled for October 23, 2013 during Meet the Characters Blogfest. Be sure to enter the contest for free books while there. The Blogfest runs through the end of October.

Will add link as soon as available.

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Available at Amazon

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Meet the Characters: Month-long BlogFest

Book Characters in Spotlight

Badge Meet the Characters BlogfestMeet your next favorite character at the Meet the Characters BlogFest. This is a month-long festival of character interviews, bios, contests, guest blog posts and free books! The following page goes live October 1 and continues through the month.

Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium, will drop everything and do her interview on October 23, 2013. Blackstone is currently searching for a friend on the astral plane in Lemurian Medium (due out in October), but she always has time to  mouth off, er, do an interview. And here’s where she will do it:

http://delshereegladden.blogspot.com/2013/10/meet-characters-kickoff.html

Be sure to enter the contests for free books while you’re there.

Host Delsheree Gladden had an enormous hit last year with Meet the Characters Blogfest. Join us for all the fun as we make this one even bigger. Did I mention there were free books?!

— G G Collins

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