When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
About ten years ago, I wrote my first fiction story to entertain my young sons. It turned into quite a project. We ended up self-publishing it, and I discovered my love of writing for children. I've authored 11 traditionally published children's book titles. In the last year or so, I've started writing short stories for adult anthologies. I've enjoyed being able to address more mature themes and leverage higher vocabulary.
Who is your favorite author, and what really strikes you about their work?
That is a Sophie's Choice. There are so many great authors from which to choose. Among my favorites are J.R.R. Tolkien, Kevin Hearne, Maggie Stiefvater, Isaac Asimov, and Lloyd Alexander.
Your story is funniest for people familiar with the Beatles. Are you a huge Beatles fan, or did you come up with the idea and then research the details? Tell us about your fandom and/or creation of "Four Fab Physicists."
I admire the Beatles' music, but I'm not a mega-fan. I simply got the idea to write about a group of people who were famous for one thing, but had a hitherto unknown secondary skill. Not unlike Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I also find incongruous mashups amusing, so this story is The Beatles meet Big Bang Theory, with a touch of This is Spinal Tap.
What is your current project, and can you share some information about it with us?
I have several adult horror, fantasy, and sci-fi short stories on submission (including my first steampunk and western horror stories). For kids, I have a sci-fi middle grade novel and short story on submission. To be published later this year and next, I have a contemporary magical realism early chapter book (The Magic Spatula), a narrative nonfiction picture book (I Am Smoke), three short stories for Highlights for Children and one for Ladybug (Cricket Media). My website is www.henryherz.com
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Sorry, I don't understand the question. :)
Stories of horror gone wrong. So very wrong.
I realized this wasn’t a graduation beer party—this was a bunch of wannabe ghost hunters. I think I hurt myself grinning."- "The Good Girl," David Bernard
Welcome to Strangely Funny VII, where tropes collide. Deep Ones join LARPs, and monsters attend motivational meetings. A noise-hating gnome takes matters into his own mitts. The term "race against death" takes on a new meaning. Four fab physicists create their own Wall of Sound. And Marvin, everyone's favorite cigar-smoking pixie, is back for another timeline-saving mission.
Featuring stories by Rosalind Barden, Henry L. Herz, Robert Allen Lupton, Lena Ng, Jennifer Lee Rossman, and B. David Spicer.
Out June 22 - Preorder now
Mystery with a Splash of Bourbon from the Derby Rotten Scoundrels is an anthology that celebrates Kentucky's finest spirit: Bourbon. Ranging from historical adventure to gritty realism, the eighteen crime stories included in this anthology are all fermented in the history and culture of Kentucky bourbon, distilled through the imaginations of our authors. Interwoven with the stories are articles covering the history of bourbon, from Prohibition, moonshining, and medicinal alcohol, to profiles of distilleries and the booming Whiskey Row district in downtown Louisville.
Who Are the Derby Rotten Scoundrels?
The Scoundrels are an eclectic group of writers (and readers) who get together to share their writing. The group was formed in 1992, starting as primarily a reading club. Over time, they became more focused on writers, especially new writers, and how to help them hone their skills and get published. The founders of Mystery and Horror, LLC were among those writers.
Spicer’s wit and cleverness shine and leave you wondering what he will serve up next for your reading pleasure.
About the Author
Big Shots and Bullet Holes is the steak dinner the main characters are pursuing. Thick, rich, tasty, and presented on a 1940s platter that is a feast for your senses, it is a delectable period mystery that races to a satisfying conclusion. Spicer’s wit and cleverness shine and leave you wondering what he will serve up next for your reading pleasure."
Big Shots and Bullet Holes will be available on April 20th. Preorder your Kindle copy today, and check back for more launch details!
The tour stops are below. Check them out for interviews, reviews, and guest posts, and be sure to stop by our promo page at Escapes with Dollycas for a number of ways to get additional entries for our giveaway!
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February 7 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
February 8 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, RECIPE
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February 12 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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February 14 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 15 – TBR Book Blog – SPOTLIGHT
February 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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February 18 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Reserve your copy for a tasty bite of WWII noir with plenty of action! A young detective, searching for a missing girl, stumbles into a hornet's nest of homefront German sympathizers. Release date is 4/20/2020.
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Cincinnati, 1942. The secret to being a grifter is changing up the con so the rubes don’t realize they’re being taken. Kissy Lisbon’s spent years honing her skills as a con-woman, but as the war in Europe drags on, things get tough in the Queen City. Her new scheme: hiring herself out as a private eye. Her first client has a missing daughter, the missing daughter has a German boyfriend, and the German boyfriend has friends in all the wrong places. Following a lead sends Kissy careening headlong into a whirlwind of stolen money, American Nazis, and bleeding corpses. When an old flame from Kissy’s past shows up wearing a shiny new detective’s badge, she’s less than thrilled, but together they scour the city for answers. As the bodies start to pile up around her, Kissy is in a race to save the missing girl, her country, and her very life.
B. David Spicer graduated from Ohio University, earning a BA in English. His first name is Brian, but he thinks B. David sounds more artsy and pretentious. He’s had short stories in more than a dozen anthologies, including Cosy Crime from Flame Tree Press, Out of Phase and Wicked Deeds: Witches, Warlocks, Demons & Other Evil Doers from Sirens Call Publications, Strangely Funny II and III and VI from Mystery and Horror, LLC, and Pernicious Invaders and From the Corner of Your Eye from Great Old Ones Publishing. Big Shots and Bullet Holes is his first novel. He lives in Ohio and owns more books than ought to be legal.
The authors have conjured up a farcical, witty and twisty tale in a solidly researched setting of the mid-1920s society of St. Petersburg, Florida. It is a well-crafted, deftly plotted mystery with a razzle-dazzle pacing that keeps you guessing until the end. This installment in the Three Snowbirds Mystery Series is a cracking-good, page-turning entry in what promises to be a long and successful run."
We are pleased to present Murder at the Million Dollar Pier, the second book in the Three Snowbirds mystery series. It will be available for sale on September 27th, and you can preorder the book on Kindle now. Scroll down to see its excellent cover, designed by Patty G. Henderson at Boulevard Photografica, and to learn more about the story.
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