A Q&A with Janey Mack
1.) What does your writing process look like?
I can write anywhere and everywhere. I like noise. I split my time between scads of 25¢ back-to-school wide-lined notebooks with Ultra Fine Sharpies and typing on my Mac.
2.) Any strange writing habits?
Aside from not minding a circus’ worth of ruckus? When I get stuck, I take a long solo drive or hit the shower and stay under the spray until I find a solution or run out of hot water--whichever comes first.
3.) What book do you wish you could have written?
Anything by Fleming, Hammett or Chandler.
4.) What authors inspire you?
Brad Thor--aside from his terrific body of work, he keeps true to himself and his beliefs and of course Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich, because they write what I aspire to--thrilling, happy escapism.
5.) Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Racy? Action?
I love action. And I adore writing flirtatious scenes. But sex scenes? Ugh. Not so much. To me the tension of the relationship is so much more thrilling than any rendition of the actual act. It’s why noir’s fade to black leaves you with lingering shivers.
6.) How many books have your written prior?
One. A murky, violent historical romance that was laughably unsuited for its intended market.
7.) Any secret research weapons?
The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker, TheExpiredMeter.com and RealPolice.net
8.) What are you working on now?
A Maisie McGrane sequel.
9.) Do you drink? Smoke?
I’m Irish, so--like a fish. And nope.
10.) What are you afraid of?
I’m claustrophobic with a dash of aquaphobia, so pretty much submarines. Which is weird, I know, because I love Das Boot and devour maritime thrillers.
11.) Do you have any scars? What are they from?
A few. Unfortunately the one with the best story--my brother throwing a knife at me--is the least impressive.
12.) What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?
I didn’t do it.
“The most engaging new detective in a long time… Janey Mack’s debut novel is a stand-out.” —Hy Conrad, author of Toured to Death
The police academy gave her the boot—and she knows how to use it.
All her life, Maisie McGrane dreamed of following in her father and older brothers’ footsteps and joining the force. But when she’s expelled from the police academy, she’s reduced to taking a job as a meter maid. Now, instead of chasing down perps, she’s booting people’s cars and taking abuse from every lowlife who can’t scrape together enough change to feed the meter.
McGranes weren’t put on this earth to quit, however. When Maisie stumbles across the body of a City Hall staffer with two bullets in his chest, her badge-wielding brothers try to warn her off the case. But with the help of her secret crush, shadowy ex-Army Ranger Hank Bannon, Maisie’s determined to follow the trail of conspiracy no matter where it leads. And that could put her in the crosshairs of a killer—and all she’s packing is a ticket gun.
“The zaniest characters ever seen outside of a Tim Dorsey novel. This book will be mentioned frequently around water coolers everywhere.” —Les Edgerton, author of The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping
“Mack’s outstanding debut conjures up equal parts Janet Evanovich (zany characters) and Michael Harvey (the Chicago political machine)… Riotous characters, including the members of the large McGrane clan, enhance a fast and furious plot that expertly balances menace and laugh-out-loud hijinks.” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review
“Mystery buffs will not only be swept up in the ingenious and well-crafted plot buy will love the irrepressible Maisie, who knows what she wants. Recommend for readers who miss the works of Eleanor Taylor Bland and enjoy those of Tim Dorsey.”
-- Library Journal, STARRED Review
“The most engaging new detective in a long time…Janey Mack’s debut novel is a stand-out.”
– Hy Conrad, author of Toured to Death
“The zaniest characters ever seen outside of a Tim Dorsey novel. This book will be mentioned frequently around water coolers everywhere.” – Les Edgerton, author of The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping
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It's all in the Genes!
(Sunday, August 23, 2015)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund
4.5 Stars! Debut author Janey Mack! What do you do when you are the youngest (only) girl in a family of 4 hot Irish brothers that is split half way down the middle between cops and lawyers? Don't even guess what profession Maisie (yes that’s her name!) McGrane's parents have! You guessed it one of each! Wanting to be a cop just came naturally to Maisie and up until now was apparently (only) just tolerated by her family! How Maisie ends up being a meter maid with an ulterior motive sets off more than the public's disdain. Not to mention a very hunky Army Ranger as her “personal” trainer just makes for the best entertainment ever. But will Maisie survive long enough to meet her goal remains the question.