E. Michael Helms

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Interview By: Night Owl Romance

Date: January 16, 2017

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Hi Michael - Thanks for joining us today and sharing your work with us. Please tell us what your latest book, Deadly Spirits: A Mac McClellan Mystery (#4), is about.

Private eye Mac McClellan is drawn into a case of "whooodunnit" when girlfriend Kate Bell convinces him to join the local paranormal society. On Mac's first paranormal investigation, the group leader is discovered dead at the bottom of a staircase. When another member takes a fatal plunge from a lighthouse observation deck during the group's next outing, Mac suspects there might be more going on than a vengeful spirit.

What should readers expect from you titles?

A solid mystery filled with twists and turns, red herrings, humor, and a touch of romance.

What's your writing process like?

I write by the seat of my pants. I've tried outlining; just can't do it. I generally write from around ten in the morning, and knock off by five in the afternoon. I edit as I go, always scouring my previous day's work before advancing the storyline. It's a slow process, but it works for me. When I've finally completed a first draft, it's usually close to the final version.

What's next for you as an author?

I'm currently about halfway finished with the fifth Mac McClellan Mystery (tentatively titled "Deadly Verse"). I'm also working on a novella-size collection of short stories about a private eye in post-WWII Las Vegas. I hope to give "Dinger, PI" his own novel (or series) one day.

What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

Reading email and getting distracted by Pinterest and other social media.

If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain). His insightfulness and dry wit are second to none. Favorite quote: "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."

What is your favorite or most fun place to shop online?

Amazon, by far. www.amazon.com

Thanks Michael for stopping over. Anything else you would like to share?

Like most writers, I write because I simply have to. Also like most writers, having your work praised by readers is far and above any monetary recompense. Thanks to everyone who has ever dedicated a few hours of their life to reading one of my books. I appreciate it far more than you know.

Thank you for having me. It's been a real pleasure being had! :-)