1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:
 
    ”Clea’s Moon,” a mystery/thriller set in 1940s Los Angeles, just out as an ebook from Untreed Reads. John Ray Horn, a onetime B-movie cowboy actor now in disgrace after a prison term, sets out to find his missing stepdaughter and, in the process, to regain his own self-respect.        
2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?
 
    Joseph Mad Crow, John Ray’s former movie sidekick who now runs a semi-legal gambling casino and employs the ex-movie star as a debt collector. Mad Crow, who grew up on the reservation, is self-made, boisterous, and honorable. He’s the kind of friend everyone could use.
 
3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?
 
    The last name of one of the characters (never mind which one). It sounds stagy to me now. 
 
4.)  Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:
 
For readers who like old movies, the John Ray Horn series is full of references to the Hollywood that used to be. I may drop in the name of a recognizable star, studio, or director. At other times, I’ve taken real-life people and incidents (the Fatty Arbuckle scandal from the Twenties, for example) and given them a fictional treatment. Once I took the name of a Hollywood bookstore from a Raymond Chandler novel. Not many readers caught the reference, but it’s fun when some do, and I get a note that says, “Wasn’t Geiger’s bookstore from “the Big Sleep”?
5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
 
 
6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?
 
    My next print book is “From Blood,” in November, 2010. It’s the story of a young woman who discovers that her birth parents are two of America’s most notorious fugitives, anti-war radicals from the Sixties who went underground after a fatal bombing and never resurfaced. My next ebook will be “While I Disappear,” the second in the John Ray Horn series.
 
7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
 
    This is from chapter 5, where John Ray encounters his ex-wife for the first time since he went into prison:
 
    He studied her. It was his first good look at in almost three years. She looked fine. No, better than that. Iris had never been a great beauty, but that had not hindered her. Men had always responded to a sense of urgency about her, a kind of hunger that translated into sexuality. It also drove her to fiercely protect and nurture her daughter. And those who knew her well could discern another hunger in Iris, the need for comfort and security — even wealth. Horn had seen hints of it during their marriage and knew he could never satisfy that side of her. Now, apparently, she had a man who could.
    Her pale brown hair under her tiny hat was a little longer now, gathered in two large waves at the side, then allowed to fall down the back, where it pillowed out softly on her shoulders. The same two nervous tendons stood out on her neck. He couldn’t quite make out the wide-set brown eyes behind her dark glasses, but the sharp cheekbones were the same, along with that full upper lip she shared with Clea. And she still wore Evening in Paris, a scent he’d always liked. He still hated her, of course.