Monday, 1 September 2014

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... Gerald Darnell

1. Tell me about your book ‘Justifiable Homicide’ and where you got your inspiration for it?

This is Book 12 in my Carson Reno Mystery Series. The book series is twelve separate novels but with some continuing characters throughout. All are based in the early 1960’s timeframe and set in Western Tennessee – Memphis and a small community called Humboldt. All books are PG rated and with illustrations, where possible.

2. Do you enjoy giving interviews?

I do enjoy interviews. I have several in audio and video with links to them provided on my websites. Most are simply about my books, but I do try to offer insight and suggestions for new and upcoming authors.

3. Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in a book or movie?

HA! An easy answer – my fans see me as my lead character, Carson Reno. I guess I do too, although there are only a few similarities – most being in humour and the way we express our thoughts and feelings.

4. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Does it really make it go faster?

Only when I’m in a hurry, which is most of the time. Doesn’t everybody?

5. Sunrises or Sunsets?

Sunrises. I love the outdoors and especially the woods and water. Amazing the things you can see if you know where to look.

6. Would you break a law to save a loved one?

Without hesitation and without reservation.

7. What was your favourite cartoon growing up?

Coyote and Roadrunner.

8. Do you watch horror movies on or from behind the couch?

I don’t watch them at all, which is odd because I have two daughters who simply love horror movies. I just leave the room!

9. What’s next for you?

Another book in my ‘Jack Sloan’ series – already in process. These books are quite different from others – with graphic violence, sex and language. Odd that I would do this, because it is obviously, a totally different fan base. I think it relaxes me to write from a different perspective.

10. What alcoholic beverages do you favour when you hit a wall?

Bourbon and water.

11. How do you deal with brilliant ideas that pop up while you’re writing something else?

Interesting question – it happens often. Usually I’ll either pencil it and put in a folder next to my PC, or actually create another document to be evaluated later.

12. If you could have only three electrical appliances in your home, what would you have a why?

The three things that control our daily lives – computer, telephone and television. However, it seems these three are slowing merging into one – that would leave me two other choices – coffee pot and refrigerator. I like coffee in the mornings and cold beer in the afternoons!

13. What’s your Porn Star name? (To get this you add the name of your first pet to the name of the street on which you lived as a child.)

Chip Mullins


Carson’s client is suspected of two murders, and desperately needs his help. After a night of drinking she wakes up in a hotel room with a dead man, but claims no memory of the previous night’s events. However, a gun found in the hotel room was used for another murder – used to kill a lawyer at the local Drive Inn Theater. Then…things get worse!

The murder gun belongs to his client’s husband and has her fingerprints all over it. The dead lawyer was blackmailing her and witnesses saw her at both murder scenes.

Interesting and dangerous characters surface, and somehow events from World War Two are playing a part in the mystery. To prove his client innocent, Carson must unravel a complex blackmail scheme and explain a few murders.

Follow Carson as he chases clues trying to solve this old fashion murder mystery. A mystery that has everyone looking the wrong way. This is an unusual case for Carson – a case of Justifiable Homicide.


About Gerald

A Florida native, Gerald grew up and attended high school in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee.  Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, he spent time in Hopkinsville, KY, Memphis, TN, Boston, MA and Newport, AR before moving back to Florida – where he now lives.

Gerald worked as a Senior Manager with several Fortune 100 companies, before officially retiring in 2007. His non-fiction book, ‘Don’t Wake Me Until It’s Time To Go’, is a bio-narrative including humorous stories and events spanning his life from pre-high school to retirement.

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