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- DescriptionThis is the third volume of the highly respected Lew Travis Mystery series. Like its predecessors, Hell to Pay is a spellbinding thriller laced with humor. It is also a fascinating rumination on the impact of the Gold Rush on the history of Northern California.
- Author BiographyQ. What inspired you to write the Lew Travis series? A. Whimsy. After 40 years in academia, I wanted to do something less academic. I also wanted to capture some of the history, landscape, and lifestyle here in the Sierra Nevada foothills, in a way that would hopefully be fun to read. Q. How do you come up with your titles? A. My wife. She's also good on names. I'm lousy at these. Q. Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp? A. There are underlying thoughts about life and what's important, I suppose, in the nature of the characters and their relationships, and in some of Lew's reflections. Mostly they're intended to be enjoyable reads, not deep treatises on life. They're fun to write so I'm hoping they'll be fun to read. Q. Are the Lew Travis mysteries based on personal experience or on someone you know? A. It's been said by people wiser than me that everything a writer writes is about their own life, what else do we have to draw on for our characters and plots. So I suppose in one sense the answer is yes. But I don't set out to write about people or events I've known, no. These are imaginary people and imaginary events. Q. What books have most influenced your life? A. At my age that's a tough question to answer, there have been so many. I've always loved good books, my mother was a librarian, I majored in English in college, have a Master's Degree in English literature. I'd be lost without a book even now. I've been in a men's book group for the last 15 years and we're just coming up on our hundredth selection. I'd probably have to break it down into life phases and what types of books were most influential at different times. Sports, science fiction, the classics, current American fiction and mysteries. Q. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? A. Perhaps my two favorites right now are Wallace Stegner and John Steinbeck. Q. Do you have any new projects in mind? A. I have a collection of science fiction stories I wrote several years ago and am revising for publication. Q. What was the hardest part of writing your books? A. Perhaps the hardest thing was exposing myself, even to friends, via my books. Writing is a very personal experience, you're alone with your thoughts and characters and images, and ginning up the courage to see how they fly with others requires a serious leap of faith.
- Author(s)Charles Dayton
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication17/09/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight327 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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