As I continue to showcase authors included in the boxed set A Crime Collection – 5 Heart-pumping Mystery Thrillers, I’m pleased to feature R.S. Guthrie. Rob is an award-winning author and has a couple of series, the Bobby Mac thrillers and the James Pruett mysteries. So without further ado, here’s Rob:
What do you love about writing? What do you hate (if anything)?
For me, it is the most natural thing. It makes me feel alive, as if I am fulfilling the purpose of my own being. The business end of it is like any job, and can be frustrating, stressful, etc. But the writing? It is effortless and endlessly satisfying to me.
Who is your favorite author and why?
James Lee Burke. He is a poet dropped into the body of a Mystery writer. He was the first
writer I read that convinced me of my own voice; that one did not have to make a choice between writing “literary” prose or “selling out”, commercially, to make a living. He is a two-time Edgar (Mystery Writers of America best novel of the year) winner and has also received both a Guggenheim Fellowship and the MWA’s prestigious Grand Master award. Yet his prose is as eloquent as it is engaging and readable.
I had the honor of speaking with him, one-on-one, in Montana, where he now spends most of his time. He is every bit the Southern gentlemen and a wondrous treasure to the literary community (and his daughter, Alafair, is following—quite successfully—in his footsteps.
What’s the best feedback you’ve gotten from a fan?
A fan once told me that she’d never read a writer who had put it all together in the way that my writing did. It actually brought tears to my eyes, and I am not one who allows what others think sway me too much in one direction or the other. But her words were a kind of an affirmation that I had chosen that correct path in the woods.
Do you have a favorite movie that inspires your writing?
The Shawshank Redemption (based on Stephen King’s short story, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption). Beyond being an outstanding, motivational movie, its tagline just keep me afloat: Fear keeps you prisoner; Hope can set you free.
Here’s a little more about Rob:
“Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel” marked Guthrie’s first major release and it heralded the first in a series of Detective Bobby Macaulay (Bobby Mac) books. The second in the series (Lost) hit the Kindle shelves December of 2011. Reckoning closes out the trilogy. For now…
Guthrie’s “Blood Land” is the first in the Sheriff James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series and represents a project that is close to his heart: it is set in a fictional town in the same county where he spent much of his childhood and still visits. The sequel, Money Land, hit the shelves Christmas Day, 2012. Honor Land, the third in the bestselling James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series is due out in 2014.
Guthrie lives in Colorado with his wife, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie!
Do yourself a favor and check out Rob’s books; you won’t regret it. And download your copy of A Crime Collection – it’s FREE!