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April Giveaway!

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Inspiration Point

Colleen “Garnet” Gleason

My story ideas come from anything and everything. I keep a stack of magazines (subscriptions to everything from ARCHAEOLOGY to SMITHSONIAN to VANITY FAIR, IMG_6546NATURE, DISCOVER and even HERBAL QUARTERLY) that I leaf through every so often, waiting for inspiration to strike. I even keep a file with articles I’ve torn out from some of those magazines, with the stories filed by basic topic (HISTORICAL, TECHNOLOGY, CRIME, etc). I also am inspired by news articles and snippets posted on the Internet (ATLAS OBSCURA is one of my favorite websites for strange and interesting articles). Of course, I also collect many books about whatever topic I’m researching (see a few pics of my bookshelves here!).

Recently, I finished what I call “the book of my heart”—which is the first in a murder mystery series set in 1900 Paris. The series is called The Belle-Epoque series, and I’m writing them under the name Alex Mandon (because of a contractual agreement with my publisher, who is going to be releasing MURDER IN THE LINCOLN WHITE HOUSE for me in late November).

IMG_6547My new book, the “book of my heart” is called MURDER ON THE CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES, and I was greatly inspired to write that piece when I learned that Paris in 1900 was a hotbed for the development of forensic science. It was during that time that great strides were made in that science of crime-solving—even before criminologists were using fingerprints as identification tools (that didn’t happen until further into the 20th century). We think of forensic science as a modern “invention”—and clearly many developments have been made—but there were a lot of things pathologists and medical examiners already knew. So I had a lot of fun writing a CSI-type murder mystery set in a period where the detective is limited by his contemporary technology.

MURDER ON THE CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES is currently available online and by order through any book retailer (links below). I hope you’ll check it out if you enjoy murder mysteries!

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