Blog Interview # 5 — With Author Chris Birdy

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Hi Everyone!!   Thanks for dropping by for another tri-weekly interview with an up-and-coming author. Chris Birdy’s kinda shy so, instead of a picture, I’m providing her Amazon Biography.Image

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For almost twenty-five years, I did investigative work for small law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods. I met with clients in every jail in the area even the now defunct Charles Street Jail and Deer Island House of Corrections. On good days, I got to take the .25 caliber handgun out of my pocket and the 9mm out of my purse and go to court. Then the real show began!
Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, I watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop’s every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.
Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, “Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie..” I wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he’d be just as good a liar as they were.
The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

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INTERVIEW

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Your first novel – The Girl in White Pajamas – is an excellent debut in my literary opinion. Describe the plot in three sentences.

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Bogie McGruder returns to Boston when his brother is killed. He wants to contact his ex-lover and meet his daughter, but she calls him because someone is trying to kill her. Bogie then moves through a labyrinth of lies and deceit before he learns the truth.

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How long did it take for your book to go from concept to publication?

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It took about three years. I wrote the manuscript and started sending out queries to agents. That was a demoralizing experience. Many agents didn’t respond, most sent back form letters, some wrote an encouraging sentence on their letter or mine. Being pragmatic and having gone through the entire alphabet of agent’s names, I put that project aside and returned to writing. When I finished the third manuscript, a friend asked to read the first one. She did and encouraged me to publish it. A whole new career started.

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What’s the best, and worst part about writing a book?

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I love writing. When I’m writing, my mind is in another world. But editing is a pain. I like to print out the work and edit from a paper copy. However, using that paper copy to go back on the computer to make changes is incredibly boring.

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I like how you have varied tastes in Movies and Music. Please tell us your favorite Movie and Singer/Group and tell us why you Love them?

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For many years, my favorite movie was Gone with the Wind. My current favorites are Gran Torino and The Departed. I guess I’ve become more enamored with violence as I’ve grown older. My all-time favorite singers are George Jones and Randy Travis. Elvis was my first crush. Don’t forget, he was country before he was rock and roll. But when I’m writing, I listen to Chopin, Mozart or Beethoven.

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What’s your next book going to be about?

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My next book is the second book in the Pajama series – The Girl in Black Pajamas. This story starts a year after the first book. Isabella is four years old, her parents are married and she has a little brother. Bogie McGruder, the main character, returns to Boston because one of the R&B Investigations people is shot and someone is trying to take over their secure network. Unaware of the dangers in Boston, Bogie brings Isabella with him. While he’s there, Bogie’s extended family in Palm Beach is going off the rails and becomes involved in a porn movie scandal. Bogie tries to deal with both problems with Isabella’s unwelcome assistance.

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What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done or seen???? You may use fake names to protect the person’s identity.

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Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that my life has been a never-ending series of outrageous things. Many I can’t put in writing, mostly to protect me. One thing I did a few years back even gave me pause. At around 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday I was driving through the worst part of the city and I was lost. Since I didn’t have a GPS, I just kept driving straight. The street I was on seemed dead in the daytime but came alive at night with folks drinking and partying all over their front steps and into the road. I was driving a powder blue Cadillac with a large silver wheel on the back. As I drove my pimp mobile, I stopped at a red light. There I sat with my flaming red hair, wearing all my bling waiting for the light to change. Just then three big dudes walked down the middle of the road toward me in a V formation. I was pissed. I reached over, grabbed by 9mm and racked the slide. I wasn’t threatening them, only deciding which one to take out first since I already knew I’d shoot right through the windshield. They looked at my face and ran. Later, when I found my way back onto the highway all I could think of was the incredible amount of paperwork that would have been involved if I shot them. I’m still waiting for remorse to set in.

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As a new author, do you feel overwhelmed at the amount of time it takes to promote your novel?

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A year ago, I knew nothing about Facebook and Twitter. I’ve now become so enmeshed in them that I have to stop myself from spending too much time on each. I’ve learned that self-promotion is just part of the job, but I’m trying to put limits on the amount of time I spend on them each day. The upside is that I’ve made some good friends, fellow writers from all over the world. That’s how I met you, John. (Editors Note: We met during the Masters Of Darkness Event. A great time was had by all.)

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As a rule, Indie writers should help out each other. Excluding me, who are three writers you feel should always be on a bestselling list?

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I’m sorry, John, but I can’t exclude you. I admire people like you, John Reinhard Dizon and Pam Winn who write in different genres. I think Gunnar Angel Lawrence should be added to the bestseller list as well.

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Last question. Pick a superpower and tell me why you chose it – time-travel, flying, shape-shifting?

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If I had a superpower, it would be to stretch out a day to 40 hours. It seems like I’m always multi-tasking and getting a little further behind each day. I’d like to write 20 hours a day and do everything else with the other 20.

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LIBRARY

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THE GIRL IN WHITE PAJAMASImage

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SYNOPSIS

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Bogie McGruder returns to Boston after his brother, a cop, is gunned down on the street. Since the Boston police are investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.
Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie thinks it’s time to establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he considers his options, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.
Bogie doesn’t want to get involved in the BPD investigation into his brother’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey Hampfield. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.
The underlying theme of this fast-paced mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be runing on lies and half truths. The only true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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BUY LINK — http://www.amazon.com/Girl-White-Pajamas-Chris-Birdy-ebook/dp/B00JEHQ75M/ref=la_B00DEQQPOW_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401305199&sr=1-1

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MY REVIEW

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Murder, Deceit, and a Red-Headed Stepchild of Sorts., May 16, 2014

When PI Bogie McGruder finds out his cop brother has been killed in the streets of Boston, he returns to the city he exiled himself from to privately investigate the crime. He also seizes the opportunity to connect with his 3-yr-old love child Isabella for the first time since learning of her birth.

The novel moves at a brisk pace, filled with seedy characters, diabolical villains, and not so friendly friends. Scenes of family dysfunction, dark secrets, and bitter revelations come to the forefront as this murder mystery reaches its compelling ending.

While it does have its flaws, The Girl in White Pajamas has its merits too. It’s a stylish, totally realistic novel that’s well worth your time and money. I give it Five Stars.

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Twitter — @CHRISBIRDY1

 

 

 

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