Jim Musgrave’s work has been recently featured in Best New Writing 2011, Hopewell Press, Titusville, New Jersey. He was a semi-finalist the Black Lawrence Press 2012 Chapbook Awards. He was also in a Bram Stoker Award Finalist volume of horror fiction, Beneath the Surface, 13 Shocking Tales of Terror, Shroud Publishing, San Francisco, California. His short story, “Zeru,” is published in Mixer. His science fiction was recently published in SciFi Short Story Magazine, Baton Rouge, LA. He has also published three novels and two collections of short stories at CIC Publishing. He is owner of English Majors Reviewers and Editors, LLC. Jim has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from San Diego State, and he teaches college English composition in San Diego where he lives with his wife Ellen.
And now from the author himself:
I began my historical fiction mystery with the idea that Edgar Allan Poe did not die in Baltimore in 1849 from alcohol consumption. This “death by alcohol” was an accepted “fact” as told by many historians who did not believe the only man* who was with the great author during his final days on this earth. Instead, I chose to believe Dr. Moran, and this naturally grew into my building the murder mystery that I called Forevermore.
The detective hero in my mystery had to be someone who knew Poe and who wanted to prove that Poe was not a drunkard. That’s how I chose Patrick James O’Malley. I surmised that if O’Malley had a love for literature and had worked for Poe when O’Malley was a young man, then he would obviously want to prove that the great author did not die an inebriate in Baltimore. O’Malley needed to prove Poe was murdered because the Civil War vet had just begun his “private investigation” profession in New York City. This “cold case” would also help O’Malley show the world that the Irish (both O’Malley and Poe are Irish) are not a bunch of “drunkards and sots.”
I also must confess that I use a time-honored “formula” for mysteries which includes a four-act development leading to the resolution and solving of the crime. This formula can be explained with the following: 1. The murder happens. 2. The sleuth’s investigation goes down the wrong path. 3. The sub-plot involves a problem in the detective’s personal life and must be solved immediately prior to the solution of the mystery. 4. The mystery has a symbolic meaning represented by the famous story by Poe, “The Black Cat.”
You can find more about Jim and his writing via…
- His blog: http://contempinstruct.com/Forevermore/?page_id=29
- Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Forevermore-Pat-OMalley-Mysteries-Volume/dp/1482063492
- eBook: http://www.amazon.com/Forevermore-Pat-OMalley-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00B5TNAIE
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