My Interview with Chris Birdy — Featured Author for Dreams, Fantasies, Nightmares, and Visions.

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Chris Birdy is a personal friend, an Up-and Coming author, and an extraordinary woman in her own right. She’s never too busy to help out her fellow authors and she’s been a great addition to the DREAMS, FANTASIES, NIGHTMARES, AND VISIONS group. Here’s her bio from Amazon. Read on and get a feel for this extremely vivacious woman.

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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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I made sure her gun was secured when I sat down and had a talk with Chris. 🙂   Check out our conversation, peruse her debut novel – The Girl in White Pajamas – and mark down our Facebook event on your calendar.  June 18-22.

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INTERVIEW

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Hi Chris. First Question, how did you settle on the name of your book?

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I wanted a title that illustrated the object of the book. Isabella was a three year old child. She was the object of the story, sort of like Dashiell Hammett’s “Maltese Falcon.” I wanted to show what made Isabella different from other children. She was precocious, but that wouldn’t make a reader want to read the story. Isabella’s obsession with Kill Bill, Uma Thurman and martial arts was easy enough to show when she got her own little karate costume.

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Your next novel is a sequel. Any hints on what happens to Bogie and Isabella??

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In the second book, The Girl in Black Pajamas, one year has passed since the first book. Bogie and Bailey are married; Isabella is 4 years old and has a baby brother. They live in Palm Beach. One of the employees in Bogie’s security firm in Boston is shot and someone is trying to break through their computer network. The Boston cops are investigating the shooting, but Bogie can’t get them involved in his computer problems since he’s a hacker. Bogie and Isabella return to Boston. While they’re in Boston, Bogie’s extended family in Palm Beach goes off the rails. His older daughter and son-in law get involved in a messy scandal. Deputy Sheriffs are making porn movies and selling them on the internet.

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Tell us about your main character – Bogie McGruder – is he based on an acquaintance during your career in law enforcement?

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Bogie McGruder is my Sam Spade. I grew up watching old Humphrey Bogart movies. Bogart’s nickname was “Bogie.” He was the epitome of the tough guy loner.

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Give us an interesting event that happened to you as a cop? Protect the names of the innocent, if you wish.

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I wasn’t a cop, I did legal investigations. I worked for attorneys and did investigations on cases, digging up witnesses, pinning down their stories etc. As cases progressed, I more often than not got involved in the clients’ personal lives and problems. Some of the clients were criminals themselves. I had to go to court with a couple of guys who were thrown out the third floor window of a crack house. They were testifying in the criminal case against the leader of the gang that tossed them out the window. That was pre-9/11 when there were no weapons searches in the district courts. As we sat in the courtroom waiting for my clients to testify, I felt cold metal pressed against the base of my skull. I knew it was a gun. The leader’s homies were sitting behind us. I stood up quickly knowing the cops huddled in the corner would look at me since they’d noticed earlier that the black dress I was wearing was almost transparent in the harsh sunlight. Counting on their adolescent behavior, I swung my arm pointing to the gang behind me. It turned out that it was the girlfriend who had the gun. Even as the gang leader and his homies were being led away they mouthed “kill you” and made slicing motions across their throats at us. That day we left the courthouse under police protection with cops in front and back of us with their guns drawn. I used to think I was fearless until I worked with those folks. They had absolutely no regard for human life, especially ne.

I actually had Bailey experience a similar incident in The Girl in White Pajamas. If you read what happened to her when she returned to the office, you’ll know exactly what happened to me when I did.

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When you wrote your book, what part of the process brought you the most agony?

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Everything after the initial writing was agony. Edit after edit made me feel like a rat in a maze. I knew where I wanted to be but didn’t quite know how to get there.  (Editor’s note — Been there, done that with ten books. Still hate it.)

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You would never write a ____________ and why?

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I will never write a literary masterpiece because I wouldn’t read it. I was forced to read many literary works over the years and they all had the same thing in common. They were boring. I’ve moved beyond that. I want action, excitement, entertainment when I read not some profound statement about good vs. evil. There are good people and there are bad people. We all know that, we’ve met them. Although we would like to believe that good will always prevail, that’s not quite how life works. So I return to wanting to be entertained rather than educated, or worse, preached to.

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Do you have any tip/tips for someone writing their first book?

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For new writers who ask I give the same advice. Just write! Don’t worry about what sells or what others think. Just write what’s in your heart and you’ll be fine. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty of writing and telling newbies how you spend hours, days, weeks of your life isolated and writing. If they find themselves in that situation and aren’t comfortable, they’ll know soon enough that they’re not cut out for writing.

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Last Question. What Hollywood actor would you choose to play Bogie?

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I’d pick Daniel Craig. I was surprised to learn he’s British. He looks very Ukranian or Russian.

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Thanks for a great interview, Chris. I have a new respect for you, and I’m sure the rest of our readers do too.

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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 LINKhttp://www.amazon.com/Girl-White-Pajamas-Chris-Birdy-ebook/dp/B00JEHQ75M

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RANDOM REVIEW

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I need to get a white Pajamas January 8, 2014

By Shanay Davis Format:Paperback
This book is an immensely entertaining murder mystery. From the start I was immediately drawn into the plot of the story. I was quite taken with the girl in the white pajamas and I kept trying to figure out who she was. That made the book even more entertaining and addictive. The plot flows great as a murder mystery and Birdy showed excellent creativity in the way she laid out the story. This book is a quick read and it leaves you hoping and praying for a sequel. I know I am. Throughout the book there is the heavy sense of deceit and as Bogie tires to find out who is hunting Baily. We can’t help but wonder and participate ourselves. I think this is a wonderful story. Not to mention it is a good read for anyone who likes to be entertained.
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Come and Join Chris Birdy, Myself, and over a Dozen More Authors in the Facebook Event of the Summer!!!

Lots of Free Books, A Huge Grand Prize, and Enough Fun To Be Illegal June 18 – 22 !!!

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Chris’ Links

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-White-Pajamas-Chris-Birdy/dp/1481871986/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-in-white-pajamas-chris-birdy/1115417678?ean=9781481871983

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17994253-the-girl-in-white-pajamas

Alibris: http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?browse=0&keyword=the+girl+in+white+pajamas&mtype=B&hs.x=0&hs.y=0&hs=Submit

Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-The-Girl-in-White-Pajamas-Birdy-Chris-AUTOGRAPHED-COPY-/161108945402?pt=US_Fiction_Books&hash=item2582d769fa

 

Social Media Links:

 

Email: chrisbirdy9@gmail.com

Website: http://www.chrisbirdy.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CHRISBIRDY1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CHRIS-BIRDY/143255175852695

 

 

 

 

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