Tune in at 12:30 p.m. CST to KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX for my live interview with Austin writer Mark Pryor, author of the suspense novel HOLLOW MAN. Set in Austin, HOLLOW MAN is a gripping first person narrated suspense novel with a fascinating protagonist – a Travis County Assistant District Attorney who conspires with two people to rob a landlord on the day he collects rent. Okay, what really makes the ADA interesting is he is a self acknowledged psycopath who has struggled for years to appear normal to the outside world.
Dominic is a prosecutor, a musician, and an Englishman living in Texas. He’s also a psychopath. His main goal is to hide his condition and lead a seemingly normal life in hopes to pay off his debts and become a full-time musician in Austin’s club scene. But on one lousy day his carefully-controlled world starts to shatter: he’s demoted at work and accused of stealing a fellow musician’s song.
He also meets a beautiful woman in a lime green dress–perhaps the biggest threat to his safety of all. At her urging, Dominic hatches a plan to steal a van he knows will be filled with cash. He picks two friends as accomplices, insisting on no guns and no violence. But a security guard catches them in the act and simple theft turns into capital murder.
Cracks start to show in the conspiracy and, with no allegiance to anyone but himself, Dominic has to decide whether to stick by his partners in crime, or let his true nature come out to play.
About Mark Pryor
Mark grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three young children. Over the years, he has been many things: ski instructor, journalist, personal trainer, and bra folder (he lasted one day: fired for giggling at the ridiculousness of the job. If it’s any excuse, he was just nineteen years old.)
His first real career was as a newspaper reporter in Colchester, Essex. There, he covered the police and crime beat for almost two years. He also wrote stories on foreign assignments, including accounts from Northern Ireland while with the British Army, and from Romania where he covered the first-anniversary celebrations of that country’s revolution.
Mark moved to America in 1994, mostly for the weather. He attended journalism school at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, and then law school at Duke University, graduating with honors and a lot of debt. He is currently an Assistant District Attorney with the Travis County DA’s office.
Mark is also the author of the Hugo Marston series, which is set mostly in Paris, but also in London and Barcelona. Hugo is the head of security at the US Embassy in Paris, and a former FBI profiler.
Tune in Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST for an interview with Lisa Lutz, author of HOW TO START A FIRE. Lutz is best known for her comic mystery novel series featuring the Spellmans, a family of private investigators set in San Franicisco. With her new novel, HOW TO START A FIRE she tells a wild, sad, funny story of twenty years in the friendship of three very different women.
In our light hearted interview we discussed how her new novel has some autobiographical elements, her decision to leave the Spellmans behind, and her new thriller novel coming out in March, THE PASSENGER.
I was joined in the interview by KAZI Book Review contributor Tim Chamberlain.
How to Start a Fire, tells a wild, sad, funny story of twenty years in the friendship of three very different women. Thrown together in college, they grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them.
When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgiana Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between—the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives—is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.
Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless—moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman (“If you go home with him, might I suggest breathing through your mouth”). And then there’s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.
Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz’s books so beloved, How to Start a Fire pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George’s complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.
Lisa Lutz Bio
Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, The Spellmans Strike Again, Trail of the Spellmans, Spellman Six: The Next Generation (previously published as The Last Word), Heads You Lose (with David Hayward), and the children’s book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, How to Start a Fire, was published in May 2015. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Although she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Leeds in England, and San Francisco State University, she still does not have a bachelor’s degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping through a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 2000, she vowed she would never write another screenplay. Lisa lives in a town you’ve never heard of in upstate New York.