Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How I Ended Up a Writer (I Think) by Jack Getze, Author of Big Money (Austin Carr Mystery, Book #2) ~ Spotlight & Giveaway (Presented by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours)



I'm pleased to have Jack Getze, author of Big Money, on the blog today as he let's us in on how he ended up as an author!!

How I Ended Up a Writer (I think)

When I was a kid, everybody read books at my house, my Dad and older brother barely closing the pages for dinner. I can still hear my mother scolding them to "put your books away, please" as she served the creamed tuna on toast. (Yuk). Reading stories and other people's words was a learned experience, one I've always loved.

Everybody at dinner back then was also a college graduate, or headed that way -- everybody but me. I read like crazy during high school, just not the stuff I was supposed to be reading. I think the reasons my grades lacked any sign of average intelligence included the books and stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, Hemingway, and Somerset Maugham. Those pages and stories were so much more interesting than algebra, science, and foreign languages. That I refused to do any homework might have been another reason. (It seemed unjust I had to go to school all day and also work later. When school was out, I figured I'd earned time for myself and my interests -- baseball, reading and TV.)

Nearly flunking out of high school didn't worry me much, but my parents and counselors thought the idea a poor one, so we worked together to find classes I could manage to pass. Not easy with my ban on homework. One of them was Senior Problems. Another -- journalism -- saved me. I discovered a knack for writing quickly and clearly, perhaps because of all that reading. I also learned I liked making up stories.

Well, actually I knew that before. Ha.

I worked in a gas station after high school, delivered film to drug stores for a film processor, then for a Chevrolet agency I cleaned cars as the Assistant Lube Man. My favorite job title. I also continued to read a lot and decided to try journalism again. I earned a shot as copyboy on the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, got the job and loved it. The newspaper was so much fun, full of interesting characters. Being a reporter sounded cool, too, something to work for, plus they gave me a chance to write immediately. I earned my first byline at nineteen, and I was hooked. Seeing my name in the big metropolitan newspaper made me a writer forever, I think. When the Herald's writers went on strike with the press men a few years later, the Los Angeles Times offered me a job as reporter.

I was already working on my first novel by then, a rip off of For Whom the Bell Tolls. I had lost two friends in the Vietnam War, and no one could explain to my satisfaction why they or any American had to die there. At the time, I was also reading Hemingway, so my first attempt at a novel was about a group of young Americans hiding in the mountains near Los Angeles, starting a revolution.

I didn’t get too far before realizing my piracy -- or I figured out it was a dumb story -- and gave up, thank goodness. The next novel attempt, a mystery, I managed to finish. I called it Bakersfield Blue and it's still in a drawer somewhere. The predecessor to BIG MONEY showed up three manuscripts later, took twenty years to be published, and on the way took more turns than a python. But that's another story.


In this jaunty follow-up to Big Numbers, a scruffy stockbroker returns to tangle with mobsters, women and his own big mouth. The good news, as the story opens, is that the hero is in the company of a gorgeous naked lady. The bad news is that she’s pointing a shotgun at him. It’s a typical predicament for Austin Carr, a semi-shady New Jersey financial professional temporarily in charge of Shore Securities…He’s being extorted into opening a money-laundering account for local crime boss Bluefish; an auditor who was investigating his company has turned up murdered; a fetching state police captain figures he’s the key to her organized-crime probe; and his boss’s mother has been picked up for fixing her church bingo game.

Carr is continually getting into trouble over his weakness for breasts, his penchant for self-incriminating statements and his vestigial moral sensibility, which, like an appendix, makes itself felt at inconvenient times. — Kirkus Indie

Book Details:

Publisher: Down & Out Books (January 12, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 884 KB
ASIN: B00HHAOZN4
Paperback: 218 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1937495671


Amazon Purchase Link:  Big Money (Austin Carr Mystery)

About the Author:


Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. Through the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Syndicate, his news and feature stories were published in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. His two screwball mysteries, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, are being reissued by DOWN & OUT BOOKS, with the new BIG MOJO to follow. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir and Beat to a Pulp. Getze is an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America’s New York Chapter.

Author Links:

http://austincarrscrimediary.blogspot.com

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18050373-big-numbers

GIVEAWAY:
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Tour Schedule:

March 1 – Mystery Playground – Interview, Giveaway
March 2 – Thoughts in Progress – Interview
March 3 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance - Spotlight
March 4 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Interview, Giveaway
March 5 – Back Porchervations – Review, Giveaway
March 6 – Beth’s Book Reviews – Guest Post, Giveaway
March 7 – Storeybook Reviews – Spotlight
March 8 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
March 9 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
March 10 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
March 11 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
March 12 – fundinmental – Review – Giveaway
March 13 – readalot – Review
March 14 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
March 15 – Books-n-Kisses – Review
March 16 – – off
March 17 – Omnimystery – Guest Post
March 18 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Guest Post
March 19 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
March 20 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
March 21 – Teena in Toronto – Review
March 22 –Socrates’ Book Review Blog - Review
March 23 – Reviews By Molly – Review, Giveaway
March 24 – Jane Reads – Review, Giveaway
March 25 – Darla King Series – Interview
March 26 – off
March 27 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
March 28 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – Spotlight, Giveaway
March 29 – off
March 30 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Giveaway
March 31 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway


5 comments:

Jack Getze said...

Thanks for having me on today, Ms. S. Next time I'll talk about BIG MONEY's sex scenes.

LuAnn Braley said...

Always fascinating to learn more about the author of a good book! Great guest post, Jack! Sapphyria, cool that you added the rest of the tour schedule to your post!

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, Jack. :)

Thanks for stopping by LuAnn :)

Saph

Jack Getze said...

Yes, LuAnn, thank you for saying hello here, and also for the kind words. You're a peach!

Kimberly Mayberry said...

Great post! Very entertaining and informational, plus the book sounds so funny!