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Speaking about books

If you’re looking for a dynamic, entertaining speaker, Laurie Fagen is available to speak in person or via Zoom for book clubs, service organizations, critique groups or whomever wants to hear about her writing journey.

Topics include about writing mysteries, making the transition from journalist to novelist, writing strong female characters among other topics.  Email her at Laurie@ReadLaurieFagen.com for her availability.

 

Welcome

Working on new manuscript

I’m about halfway through the first draft of a new manuscript called “Raw Image,” in what I hope will be a new series called “Behind the Lens” mysteries. It’s about a tough freelance television journalist and videographer who covers major crimes and traumatic events, and does her best to expose sex traffickers. “TJ Banks” is turning out to be great fun to write. Plus, I can send her around the country and the world, which will be a exciting. 

We had a good time attending Left Coast Crime writer/reader conference in Albuquerque, NM, and came back energized. I was on a Journalism panel, hosted a banquet table with author Sandy Wright; and took part in an “Author-Reader Connection” for writers and readers with our “Murder & Magic” group. 

I’ve also spoken to a couple of great groups lately, including for my long-time friend and author, Katrina Shawver, and the Valley Unitarian Universalist book club, invited by another long-time friend, Barb Sorouf. Got some great feedback, and really enjoyed talking with the attendees. 

Unfortunately, the the Vertikal Alliance Writer’s Retreat in Tullamore, Ireland has been cancelled and rescheduled again for 2023. But I’m heading out on a Danube River cruise that includes three days in Prague, wraps up with two days in Budapest, and then stops in Berlin and Norway. 

Meanwhile, my latest crime fiction novel, “Bleeder,” book #3 in my crime fiction novel series “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” launched in Nov. 2021. I will be recording and releasing the audiobook for “Bleeder” in 2022. You can get it here in print and ebook and in Kindle Unlimited: https://tinyurl.com/GetBleeder 

If you’re in the Phoenix area, I’m happy to personalize a book for you or for a gift  – email me at Laurie@ReadLaurieFagen.com.  

Meanwhile, here’s the general logline for the different plotlines you’ll find in “Bleeder:”

While covering the crime beat for KWLF Radio in Chandler, AZ, reporter Lisa Powers witnesses a powerful domestic violence incident that forever changes her.

She investigates a cold case to find those who gunned down a divorced mom outside her home, but the killers find her first. 

Lisa must put her emotions aside to cover the trial of cop shooter T-Bone Peters from book #2 “Dead Air,” and deal with the illness of one of her beloved rescue cats.

The campy murder mystery podcast she writes and produces is called “Art of the Steal” about an art gallery owner found dead and a missing piece of art. 

The domestic violence story that launches Chapter 1 is mostly from my imagination, with a little help from various Writers Police Academy sessions I have attended over the years. Some of the cop information about “DV” are also from talking to law enforcement at those workshops as well. Thanks to friends who gave me personal stories about similar situations they’ve been in.

The cop shooter tale is a continuation of the primary book #2 “Dead Air” story, which is based on an actual incident I covered during my television reporting days at an NBC affiliate in my home state of Iowa. In “Bleeder,” Lisa is sent to cover the trial of the cop shooter, moved on a change of venue to Prescott. This, too, is similar to the Iowa trial, which was moved from Waterloo across the state to Council Bluffs, which I covered for about two weeks.

The cold case is based on one I found in the online files for Chandler Police Department, but heavily fictionalized.

And the podcast story is loosely based on some of my experiences running a contemporary art gallery in Chandler – but no one ever died there!

Thanks for all your support!

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About my books

Bleeder, the third book in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is the continuing saga of intrepid radio reporter, Lisa Powers, who covers the trial of the cop shooter from the Dead Air book. I get to include details about the lovely mountain town that was my second home for five years. Lisa will also cover a domestic violence case, and the podcast is entitled “Art of the Steal,” about a crime in an art gallery.

I have have two audio books for “Fade Out” and “Dead Air,” both available on Audible and Amazon. My son, audio production engineer Devon J. Hancock, handled all the editing and mastering duties, as well as adding sound effects and original music (www.DevonJHancock.com)

If you like crime fiction mysteries, check out the novella “Deadly Misfire,” by Short on Time Books (www.ShortOnTimeBooks.com), which is available on Amazon. It’s the story of a mysterious man who stalks reporter Lisa Powers at a radio convention, and every day ramps up threats against her. She and her co-worker/boyfriend Dean Jeffries fear for her life as tensions build on the final night with an awards presentation for which Lisa is in the running with another reporter from New York, who coincidentally looks similar to Lisa. Info: https://tinyurl.com/BuyDeadlyMisfire.

“Dead Air, book #2 in the “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” is available in e-book, print and audio book on Amazon at https://tinyurl.com/BuyDeadAir

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Dead Air cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

The cold case Lisa works on is a 15-year-old sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl, who is now 19. The young victim has not had any closure all this time, and Lisa is determined to help her find the rapist.

Lisa’s “podcast,” which she writes for fun at night after covering gritty crime stories during the day, is a “film noir” style story of a 1940s private eye and a dame. Only L. N. Pane, P.I. is the dame and the gentleman seeks help finding out why someone is out to kill him.

There are other stories Lisa covers in “Dead Air,” and as well as a new potential love interest for our heroine.

You can hear an interview with me on Golden State Media Concepts, about my books, my background and many other subjects, including my latest novella called “Deadly Misfire,” one of seven stories in a multi-author series called “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries.” Check out the podcast and blog cast at https://t.co/9WfsjTFBYw

For more details about my other novels, check out the “Novels” page above.

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Equalizer cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

https://tinyurl.com/GetEqualizer

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Fade Out cover by Tad Smith of The Design Idea

There’s additional information about my writing  on my Amazon Author Page at amazon.com/author/lauriefagenI would greatly appreciate a short review there, as my publisher says “it’s all about the algorithms” on Amazon.

Make sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter so you stay informed about my speaking engagements, contests, and other details. Visit the “contact page” to sign up.

“Fade Out” and “Dead Air” are available at Chandler public librariesSibley’s West Gifts, Chandler; Dog-Eared Pages, Phoenix; Peregrine Book Company, Prescott Center for the Arts Gallery and Prescott Library, Prescott

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