Great question. That really depends on the character. Some characters have more to say than others.
Very good. Actually, songwriting has been a passion of mine since I was only fifteen, and still is. I songwrite actively. But if I had to choose, hands down, it would be writing novels. But an artist has to decide which medium reveals his artistic soul the most. I believe wholeheartedly that for me that is writing novels. Luckily my publisher seems to agree. I have no problem with constructive criticism; I think all artists yearn to evolve their craft.
Yet people still are. Luckily, I have a lot of wonderful, experienced literary artists around me to support and guide me. X-Files, hands down.
Did I watch too many seasons?! Classic rock. My favorite band of all time, and for all time, is RUSH. Thank you so much for being here today Jesse, and good luck with the tour and your new book. Before you go, is there anything else you would like to tell your readers or have them know about you?
Thank you for the interview! But I have no chance to do that without the most important element, you, the reader. Thanks for willing to visit the Land Between The Lines with me. See you there. After Ethan Hodges discovers an undersea cemetery just off the beach of Pelican Bay, South Carolina, he seeks answers from a grandfatherly fisherman named Captain Shelby. The captain wants the past to remain buried, and he warns Ethan to stay away. When Captain Shelby is suspected of murder and disappears, a manhunt ensues, revealing a truth that unnerves everyone in Pelican Bay.
Someday I will tell my grandchildren that I interviewed Jesse Giles Christiansen when nobody knew his name. I could not put this book down once I started reading it. This is literary fiction. Because detective stories rely on logic, supernatural elements rarely come into play. The detective may be a private investigator, a policeman, an elderly widow, or a young girl, but he or she generally has nothing material to gain from solving the crime.
I look forward to Jesse reaching his goal of fifty novels and I hope to be around to read them all.
And I know what every reader on my Christmas list is getting this year. Go buy it right now. Web Site Blog Twitter Facebook. First of all, guys are relatively rare in the cozy genre and quite a few of them are part of a husband and wife team. So when you have one show up in a group like that, you just sort of wait and see. Because many are the type of group joiners who are totally into self promotion — make a post about their book and leave.
So that got him noticed. But then he holds a book signing at a Dairy Queen. And he sold a lot of books! So I decided I had to have this guy on my blog. Bart is giving away a Kindle copy of his book so leave a comment — with your email — before midnight for a chance to win!
So welcome Bart. I want you to know this is my new word. Where did you come up with it? And by the way, very effective — I google it to see if it is a real name and you filled the first 8 pages before I gave up looking. And that is why I chose that particular name!
My sister and I were up late one night catching up on things and she was telling me about a cozy. Bart on the right with his sister and her family. Before long, we were coming up with our own ideas for a cozy mystery of our own, laughing and having a good time. Haha … I told my sister that if this was going to work we needed to accomplish two things right off the bat.
Two, we would need to come up with a name that was quirky, yet endearing.
But most importantly, NOT used. It was my sister who came up with Pookotz.
So once again, we Googled it and found nothing. And so, the Pookotz Sisters, Edna and Mildred, were born. Why did you decide to have a book signing in a Dairy Queen? Buy a Blizzard and a book? And 39 books! Are you just the most popular guy in town? Because I know big name, well established authors who are thrilled if they manage to sell 10 at one of these things.
It just seemed to me like a great place to have a Book Release Party. Bart with George Holm showing off the poster for the book signing. He is a real good guy, salt of the earth. Everyone loves him and he is well respected in the community. So we put our heads together and made it work.
I had flyers up all over town, and a newspaper ad out. We went down to KBRX and recorded a spontaneous radio ad for the event. Gilbertson and get your signed copy of his light mystery. Now there is more than one reason to come down to your favorite Dairy Queen! I took 40 books to the event and sold 39 of them. I walked out with only 1 book left. I feel that sometimes it is good to think outside of the box.
Take a little chance, and have fun with it! Why a cozy? Have you been a cozy fan and if so, which one series first hooked you?
I envisioned myself being the next big epic fantasy author. However, I always had love for a good mystery. I remember reading the Hardy Boys books as well in those days, and whenever an Agatha Christie movie adaptation came on, I was there watching it. I was also a big fan of Murder, She Wrote.