Thursday, December 8, 2011

Renee Pawlish - This Doesn't Happen in the Movies - Author Interview

My thanks to Renee Pawlish for stopping by The Character Connection for an author interview during the blog tour for her book, This Doesn't Happen in the Movies.

Author Interview

1. Who is your favorite character?
Reed Ferguson, the hero of This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is my favorite character, but the Goofball Brothers and Cal Whitmore (Reed’s friends) run a close second.

2. Why is he/she your favorite?
Reed was just flat-out fun to create. I’ve been asked if it’s difficult to write in a first-person male voice, but I didn’t find that to be the case. Reed is a fun-loving fellow who wants to emulate his movie hero, Humphrey Bogart, and it’s fun to put these little character pieces into the stories. I have a somewhat sarcastic sense of humor, and I enjoy incorporating this personal quirk into Reed’s character as well.

3. How did you come to create him/her?
I had the idea for this story rolling around in my head for quite some time. When I finally started writing it, I decided to use a private eye instead of a police detective or everyday citizen. I liked the idea of the detective on his own, solving crime, and since I loved reading Nero Wolf and Sherlock Holmes mysteries, I decided to try creating my own detective.

4. When did he/she first enter your mind?
I actually had the female lead, the damsel in distress, created first. I then played around with a number of beginnings to the story, and in that process, Reed was born. And he never was the seasoned detective – I wanted him to be a newbie, so the reader learns about detection along with Reed.

5. What do you like the most about him/her and what do you dislike the most about him/her?
Reed is funny, engaging and caring. Those characteristics endear him to readers. As for something I don’t like, I can’t say too much, but in Reel Estate Rip-off (the second Reed Ferguson mystery), Reed does something that seems a bit out of character for him. He isn’t the nice guy he usually is. I didn’t like him then, but I do think he redeems himself. Read Reel Estate Rip-off and let me know if you agree.

About the Book
This Doesn't Happen in the Movies

Book Details:
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Detective Fiction, Film Noir
Pages: 226
Format: Paperback, ebook
Price: $13.95 paperback, $0.99 ebook
Buy Links: Amazon, Kindle

A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

“I want you to find my dead husband.”

“Excuse me?” That was my first reaction.

“I want you to find my husband. He’s dead, and I need to know where he is.” She spoke in a voice one sexy note below middle C.

“Uh-huh.” That was my second reaction. Really slick.

Moments before, when I saw her standing in the outer room, waiting to come into my office, I had the feeling she’d be trouble. And now, with that intro, I knew it.

“He’s dead, and I need you to find him.” If she wasn’t tired of the repetition, I was, but I couldn’t seem to get my mouth working. She sat in the cushy black leather chair on the other side of my desk, exhaling money with every sultry breath. She had beautiful blond hair with just a hint of darker color at the roots, blue eyes like a cold mountain lake, and a smile that would slay Adonis. I’d like to say that a beautiful woman couldn’t influence me by her beauty alone. I’d like to say it, but I can’t.

About the Author
Renee Pawlish

Renée Pawlish was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she's not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries and thrillers that include the Reed Ferguson mysteries, Nephilim Genesis of Evil, the first in the Nephilim trilogy, Take Five, a short story collection, and The Sallie House: Exposing the Beast Within, a non-fiction account of a haunted house investigation.

Renée loves to travel and has visited numerous countries around the world. She has also spent many summer days at her parents' cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.

Connect With Renee:
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A print or ebook copy of Renee Pawlish's book Nephilim and a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.


  1. I think all authors would love to see their books made into movies. So, I ask you, if your Reed Ferguson books were to be made into a movie series (like the Jesse Stone series), who do you see playing the parts of the major characters in your book(s)?

  2. Thanks Character Connection for hosting me!
    Karen, thanks for the question and it's a great one - I think it would be fun to see some of the guys from The Big Bang Theory in my movie, but that's because I'm partial to that show :) Maybe Topher Grace...or Shia Labeouf.

  3. Renee - it was a pleasure hosting you on your blog tour.

    Karen H - thanks for stopping by.

  4. Most detectives in stories are seasoned. I like the idea of learning along with a newbie.


  5. Thanks Marybelle, I do hope you try the Reed Ferguson mysteries.