I was born in Minneapolis, but moved to Ramsey, a northern suburb, when I was very young. My city of birth had already begun to develop its reputation of "Murderapolis" due to rising crime. My parents felt that the northern suburbs, with its copious amounts of methamphetamines, would be a far more suitable place to raise a child. Despite the photo you see above, I assure you my childhood was clean and fairly uneventful.
I've always had an affinity for writing. In grade school I circulated my own hand-written newspaper complete with crossword and logic puzzles I had created myself. I wrote a number of short stories that, as it turns out, were quite bad. But I continued working at it, and by the time I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be a writer.
I spent most of college trying to figure out what kind of writer I wanted to be. My first major project was a screenplay called "A Rock & Roll Fantasy" about a scientist who develops a radio so powerful it rips a hole through the space/time continuum, sending him to an ancient jungle full of mythical creatures. The scientist introduces the natives to the music of Styx, Journey, Rush, Black Sabbath, and so on. The music from the radio influences the native beings so strongly to the point of causing war, meanwhile the scientist simply tries to find his way home. I'm still waiting for the Weinsteins to buy up the screenplay.
Around the same time, David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell burst into popularity, and I fell in love with the idea of putting creative twists on small topics in everyday life. I immediately went to work on writing a full-length memoir in which each chapter utilized a pop culture theme to analyze day to day life. That work in still in progress, and someday I hope to unleash it upon the world.
I've always read numerous books of every genre, but I became particularly interested in crime fiction after reading "Fletch" by Gregory McDonald and then watching the Chevy Chase film. My initial reaction was, "I really like this," which soon developed into, "I think I can do this," which quickly became, "I think I can do even better." Fast-pacing, sharp dialogue, numerous twists and turns - I knew I could take all of those elements and add my own twist. I wanted to create a series that had an element of pop culture. Thus, Doyle Malloy, Specialist in Celebrity Cases, was born.
"A Grand Ol' Murder" is Doyle's first adventure, and I can tell you with certainty that he has many more to come. I really hope you enjoy the first book and take the journey with him.