It's that part that I call "the after-birth." Okay, I've written the book. And it's been published. Both of those stages took some doing. But here's the hardest part: How do I get people to read the book? I mean -- beyond the FFA world -- that is, Family, Friends and Acquaintances. This is my third book, and I'm still working on an answer.
Can You Give A Short Synopsis Of BANG BANG YOU ARE DEAD?
When a prominent Los Angeles businessman is targeted with a series of life threatening letters and phone calls, and the Police Department's investigation is going nowhere, the businessman hires Will Jonas, a retired LAPD homicide detective, and now, a private investigator. Will's assignment: Find the person or persons threatening the businessman. Will's investigation, however, goes far beyond the letters, as he uncovers long hidden family secrets that lead to a deadly final outcome.
What Inspired You To Write This Book?
Over my many years in the business world, I met regularly with top level corporate executives. And I'd often wonder what they were really like -- outside that corporate suite environment. At home, for example. Or if they were to encounter some tough times, without benefit of their corporate framework. And that's the development route I took on BANG BANG YOU ARE DEAD.
How Many Hours Per Day Do You Spend Writing?
Actual fingers on the keyboard? A max of three.
But hours per day thinking about what I'm going to write? Probably another two or three hours, spread throughout the rest of the day. Just thoughts, plot lines, some dialogue. None of it connected. Just bits and pieces of pending composition.
Name Your Top Five Favorite Books?
To me, "top five favorite" means books that have stuck with me, over my many years of reading (I'm 84 years old, so that covers a lot of time).
One of my all time favorites is "When Johnny Came Marching Home" by Dalton Trumbo. Yes, the same Dalton Trumbo who is now featured in a new movie.
And there are just so many others -- that it's hard to limit it to four more.
Instead, how about my naming some of my favorite authors, many of whom have given me mucho hours of reading enjoyment?
This list would include: Sinclair Lewis, Phillip Kerr, Lawrence Block, Michael Connelly and Isabel Allende.
What Are You Working On Now?
Just starting the next (and fourth) mystery novel with the same central character -- Will Jonas, a private investigator in Los Angeles. Got the plot laid out, both on paper and in my head. And by this weekend, I expect to be writing chapter one.
Title: Bang Bang You Are Dead
Author: Saul Warshaw
Genre: Crime Thriller
When a prominent Los Angeles businessman is targeted with a series of life threatening letters and phone calls, and the Police Department’s investigation is going nowhere, the businessman hires Will Jonas, a retired LAPD homicide detective, and now a private investigator. Will’s assignment: Find the person or persons threatening the businessman. Will’s investigation, however, goes far beyond the letters, as he uncovers hidden family secrets that lead to a deadly final outcome.
After careers as a broadcast journalist and then a public relations counselor, Saul Warshaw, at age 83, now is enjoying his third career—as a writer of mystery thrillers, featuring Will Jonas, a private investigator and former homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police department. Saul and his wife, both native New Yorkers, are long time residents of Los Angeles. If you wish, please write Saul Warshaw at: firstname.lastname@example.org