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Sept. 11, 2023

EP 217: Interview with Crime-Thriller Author James Michels

EP 217: Interview with Crime-Thriller Author James Michels

In this episode, Tete DePunk (IG: @tete.depunk), one of the co-hosts of The Nuts and Bolts of Writing, interviews writer James Michels, author of novels such as “The Ballad of Johnny Carlo”,  “Ice Rising”, and its sequel, “Icebox”.  Prolific in the Crime-thriller genre, James michels has also recently released a crime fiction anthology, “Life’s Dark Corners”. 

As of 2015, he is an Officer with the Department of Corrections. Crime fiction explores the darker reality of life, often exposing social and personal issues in ways that other genres might not fully show. Its focus on the grittiness of ordinary reality for the individual facing an unfriendly world has made this particular genre a compelling one. 

Tete asks James the following questions:

  • What got you into writing?

  • You mentioned you always enjoyed the true crime and crime fiction genres. What drew you into these particular genres? 

  • When you set out to write your works, there is certainly some research involved in the creation of these works. How do you go about the research process for your work? 

  • How much fact do you incorporate in your fiction? 

  • How do you know what is the right amount of fact to put in work? 

  • In 2015, you joined the Department of Corrections as an officer - has this influenced your approach in writing your work? 

  • Lastly, what is your goal in your writing work? What do you wish to impart to your readers? 


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