by R.G. Belsky
on Tour June 1-30, 2018
A classic cold case reopened—along with Pandora’s box
When eleven-year-old Lucy Devlin disappeared on her way to school more than a decade ago, it became one of the most famous missing child cases in history.
The story turned reporter Clare Carlson into a media superstar overnight. Clare broke exclusive after exclusive. She had unprecedented access to the Devlin family as she wrote about the heartbreaking search for their young daughter. She later won a Pulitzer Prize for her extraordinary coverage of the case.
Now Clare once again plunges back into this sensational story. With new evidence, new victims and new suspects – too many suspects. Everyone from members of a motorcycle gang to a prominent politician running for a US Senate seat seem to have secrets they’re hiding about what might have happened to Lucy Devlin. But Clare has her own secrets too. And, in order to untangle the truth about Lucy Devlin, she must finally confront her own tortuous past.
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Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Number of Pages: 343
ISBN: 160809281X (ISBN13: 9781608092819)
Series: A CLARE CARLSON MYSTERY
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R.G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and a journalist in New York City. Belsky’s crime novels reflect his extensive media background as a top editor at the New York Post, New York Daily News, Star magazine and NBC News. His previous novels include the award-winning Gil Malloy mystery series. YESTERDAY’S NEWS is the first in a new series featuring Clare Carlson, the hard-driving and tenacious news director of an NYC TV station.
Q&A with R.G. Belsky
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
First off, on current events, I’m a big proponent of the “Ripped from the Headlines’ inspiration for mystery fiction writing. I’m a longtime New York City journalist, who’s worked as a top editor at the New York Post, New York Daily News, Star magazine and NBC News. I’ve covered most of the big crime stories of the past several decades – including Son of Sam, O.J, the murder of John Lennon and many, many others. I was even in the newsroom – and part of creating – the famous New York Post headline of Headless Body in Topless Bar, about a particularly gruesome murder at a…well, topless place. So, when people ask me where I get the ideas for my crime novels, I’ve always said: “I just go to work every day!”
My new novel YESTERDAY’S NEWS is about a missing child cold case in New York City, the disappearance of an 11-year-old girl years earlier who has never been found. As a young journalist, I covered the legendary Etan Patz case in New York, about a six-year-old boy who vanished. Eventually, after years of searching for answers, a man was convicted for the Patz murder – giving his family at least some kind of closure for their grief. My book is about a different kind of case in which there has been no closure.
I also draw extensively on my personal experiences for my fiction stuff. I write about things in New York City, where I’ve lived and worked for many years; I write about places I’ve been or came from like my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio; I write about events in the newsroom (fictional) of course that I’ve seen in my time as a journalist; and, most of all, I draw on many of the colorful real-life characters I’ve met in newsrooms.
None of my characters – like my new protagonist Clare Carlson in YESTERDAY’S NEWS – are directly based on any one person, of course. She’s more of an amalgamation of many wonderful women journalists I’ve known and worked with in the NYC media. Let’s just say that I’ve met a lot of Clare Carlsons in my time!
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
Wow! Start from the conclusion and plot in reverse? Never heard that one before.
No, I start at the beginning and just see where the story line brings me. I should make clear right now though that I’m definitely a “pantser” – not a “plotter.” I never outline my novels. Generally, I start out with an idea of how the book will begin and a vague notion of how I want it to end. The challenge then is writing the rest of the middle of the book. The reality though is that the ending I had in mind frequently changes –or at least the way I get there does – during the writing of the book. I find the characters change too during the writing process. Doing unexpected things or following paths that even surprise me. So the book I end up with can be a lot different than the one I may have started out to do. Hey, it’s a helluva lot more fun that way!
Are any of your characters based on you or people that you know?
As I said earlier, many of my characters – including Clare Carlson in the new book – are inspired in part by people I’ve met in newsrooms during my career. Of course, everyone thinks the character is THEM. No, it’s not. I do appropriate interesting traits, incidents – and even some jokes – from real life newsroom characters. But my characters in the novels are all fictional.
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
Oh, I have a lot of routines and idiosyncrasies for writing.
First, I write early in the morning. Always have, always will. That’s when I’m inspired to write. It can be as early as 6 a.m. at times. I generally have about 3 or four hours of new writing in me before I’m done with that. Then the rest of the day is for reading it, rewriting and editing, and – maybe most importantly of all – thinking about where I’m going to go the next day with the book when I sit down again to write in the morning. I almost never start with a blank page. I have a pretty good idea in my head of what I’m going to be writing about. Even if it does change as I put the words down.
Second, I write all my fiction out long hand. On yellow legal pads. I use a computer for everything else and always worked on a computer as a journalist. But, when I’m writing fiction, writing it out longhand always feels more comfortable to me. Then I put it into the computer afterward. For whatever its worth, I once read that Hemingway used to do much of his novels in longhand too. Then he wrote the dialogue on a typewriter. That worked out pretty well for him.
Third, I love to write in noisy, crowded, hectic places. Probably from my background of working in noisy newsrooms. I can’t write in my home or any other place that’s too quiet. I write in coffee shops, park benches, on trains, on the beach and even – occasionly – in a crowded bar.
Finally, I write all the time. Whether or not I particularly feel like writing that day or have anything obvious to say. I don’t wait for inspiration to strike, I go looking for inspiration on my own. That’s the best piece of advice I can give to anyone who wants to be a writer. Just write! Simple as that.
Tell us why we should read this book.
Hopefully because you’ll enjoy it. That’s the reason I read books from the authors I love. To enjoy the characters, to enjoy the story, to enjoy the whole experience of getting lost in a fictional world for several hours. I try to write the same kind of books that I like to read.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler, Robert Crais, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton and Dennis Lehane.
What are you reading now?
Last book I just finished was A Stone’sThrow by James W. Ziskin, the most recent in his award winning and delightful Ellie Stone series, about a young woman newspaper reporter working at a small, upstate NY paper during the early ‘60s. Before that, it was True Fiction from Lee Goldberg, a quick-moving, satisfying thriller from a longtime Hollywood screenwriter. I also recently finished The Late Show by Michael Connelly. I’ve read every book Michael Connelly has written for the past 25 years or whatever – and I think he’s the most consistently excellent mystery author of our times. And an ex-newspaperman too!
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I have a new book coming out in 2019 called THE CINDERELLA MURDERS. It’s the second in the Clare Carlson series and will be published again by Oceanview next May.
It’s about the seemingly insignificant death of a homeless woman murdered on the streets of New York City who called herself Cinderella. At first, the crime barely gets a mention in the media. But Clare – a TV news director who still has a reporter’s instincts – decides to dig deeper into the murder. She uncovers mysterious links between the homeless woman and a number of prominent and powerful people. Soon there are more murders, more victims and more questions. As the bodies pile up, Clare realizes that her job, her career – and maybe even her life – are at stake as she chases after her biggest story ever.
Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
I’m a big sports fan, baseball and football especially; I do fantasy sports games; I gamble a bit in Atlantic City; I like swimming, riding a bike and just taking long walks. Oh, and I watch a tremendous amount of TV.
Not very exotic, I’m afraid. I’m much more of a basic, comfort food person. Give me macaroni and cheese, a pizza, a good steak or cheeseburger or even just a big bag of popcorn at the movie theater – and I’m a happy man.
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