What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Just surviving year to year, trying to make a buck while adapting to changes in the industry. My first mystery, Lonely Street, was published in 1994, so I'm a veteran of some crazy times in publishing. Duke City Desperado is my 27th published book, and the third written as Max Austin.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Duke City Desperado?
Two knuckleheads try to rob a drive-thru bank, and it doesn't go well. Duke City Desperado is all about what happens to them next, on the lam and in the criminal justice system.
What inspired you to write this book?
I thought the opening sequence was wildly funny. Once I had it in my head, I had to write the book to see how it would turn out.
How many hours per day do you spend on writing?
Depends on where I am in the process, but on average it's probably five or six hours a day.
Name your top five favourite books.
An impossible question to answer, but here are five of my favorite crime writers: Elmore Leonard, Donald E. Westlake (aka Richard Stark), Patricia Highsmith, Daniel Woodrell and James Crumley.
What are you working on now?
I just finished a new crime novel about a woman who hijacks the wrong semi from a truck stop. Fun stuff.
Title: Duke City Desperado
Author: Max Austin
For fans of Breaking Bad and the bestselling fiction of Don Winslow and George Pelecanos comes Max Austin’s latest fast-paced, rollicking “Lawbreakers Thriller” of criminals and lovers, malcontents and madmen–all within the treacherous city limits of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Under a sky full of stars, Dylan James lies sleeping on the roof of a pueblo-style house. Everyone in Albuquerque seems to be looking for him. A murderous Mafia prince wants to kill him. Two FBI agents want to cuff him. A Goth girl wants to make love to him. And a fierce, sexy Chicana just wants to clean up the mess Dylan made. The trouble started with a drug-addled career criminal named Doc, and a bank robbery staged with a garage-door opener. And it all goes off the rails after a little misunderstanding with Dylan’s ex-girlfriend and her jealous, gun-toting new beau. When the sun comes up, this sleepy, scrawny desperado is going to show the world what he is made of–all for a one-in-a-million shot at walking out of Duke City alive.
Max Austin is the pseudonym of writer Steve Brewer. He lives in Duke City (Albuquerque), New Mexico.
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- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7847087.Max_Austin
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