#BlogTour #DamppebblesBlogTours @damppebbles / #QandAs : Cooking for Cannibals #CookingForCannibals – Rich Leder @richleder @LaughRiotPress

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Today I’m on the ‘Cooking for Cannibals’ blogtour, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tour.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

RL B&W Light hat leaning against churchRich Leder has been a working writer for more than three decades. His credits include 19 produced movies—television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films—and six novels for Laugh Riot Press.
He’s been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a wedding guru, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the UNCW Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.
He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three fabulous children.

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Synopsis :

largeFountain of youth? More like murderous medication!
Carrie Kromer pushes the boundaries of science, not her social life. The brilliant behavioral gerontologist’s idea of a good time is hanging out with her beloved lab rats and taking care of her elderly mother and the other eccentric old folks at the nursing home. So no one is more surprised than Carrie when she steals the lab’s top-secret, experimental medicine for aging in reverse.
Two-time ex-con Johnny Fairfax dreams of culinary greatness. But when his corrupt parole officer tries to drag him from the nursing home kitchen, the suddenly young-again residents spring to his defence and murder the guy—and then request Johnny cook them an evidence devouring dinner to satisfy their insatiable side-effect appetite.
As their unexpected mutual attraction gets hot, Carrie and Johnny find themselves caught up with the authorities who arrive to investigate the killing. But even more dangerous than the man-eating not-so-senior citizens could be the arrival of death-dealing pharmaceutical hitmen.
Can Carrie and Johnny find true love in all this bloody madness?

Cooking for Cannibals is a dark comic thriller with a heaping helping of romance. If you like fast-paced plots, unconventional characters, and humor that crosses the line, then you’ll have a feast with Rich Leder’s wild ride.

Purchase Links:
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Amazon UK

Publishing Information:
Published by Laugh Riot Press on 14th January 2021.

Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Totally my pleasure. Delighted to be here!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Here’s what my bio says:
“Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than three decades. His credits include 19 produced movies—television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Longridge Productions, and Left Bank Films—and six novels for Laugh Riot Press.
He’s been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a wedding guru, a PTA board member, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the UNCW Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill.
He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three fabulous children.”
I think that’s a pretty accurate picture of me. Anyone interested in hearing more about my somewhat unorthodox life choices can reach me at rich@richleder.com. I’ll email back. Always. Really.
As far as become a writer, I believe I’ve always been one. When I was boy playing in dirt with plastic soldiers and Tonka Toy tanks, my army men had backstories. Friends at home. Dogs. Hobbies. Favorite foods. They’d read each other letters from their wives and girlfriends. Who does that when they’re six years old? Writers, that’s who. I wrote skits and directed neighborhood kids in them for other neighborhood kids and their parents. We performed in the garage. The garage door was the curtain. I wrote a play in high school. But when I went to college, where it dawned on me that people were writing the movies I was watching…that was that. I was going to live my life as a writer.
So I spent a full decade in New York City, working in restaurants, studying screenwriting at The New School, and playing in rock bands. Then we moved to Los Angeles, where I got lucky and worked as a screenwriter for close to 15 years. That fabulous time was followed by 20 years in North Carolina writing movies and novels. A reasonable run, overall.
So, I don’t know when I actually became an author. Somewhere in there. But, like I said, I think I was born that way.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a boy, I read all the Hardy Boy books and most every book ever written about sports. As a grown-up, I read plenty of Donald E. Westlake, John D. MacDonald, Janet Evanovich, Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Chuck Palahniuk, Tim Dorsey, and Christopher Moore because they’re incredible writers and I work in their general neighborhood. But I also read lots of Richard Ford, John Irving, Stephen King, Michael Chabon, Tim O’Brien and many others because they’re wonderful writers and storytellers. When my kids were little, I read every Harry Potter book out loud with a dozen different character voices. And I love Dr. Seuss. Who doesn’t?

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Pretty much everyone on that list above because they tell the best stories I’ve ever heard—almost as good as my Dad’s stories.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Just so hard to narrow it down to one. Okay, okay, I’ll do it. I would like to have a formal Chinese tea with Fu Chen from my Kate McCall Crime Caper series. I’ve been writing him for 10 year and know him quite well, but he still, to this day, surprises me. And there’s still so much mystery about him. I don’t think he’s told me the truth about everything. I have so many questions for him.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I wish I did. I think it would be cool to say I had writing rituals. But I don’t. I sit down and try to write sentences I love and then string those sentences together to tell stories that grab me and don’t let go.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ha! My wife, the awesome Lulu, read Cooking for Cannibals, walked down the hall to my office, and said, “Who are you?” So, maybe not worried, but aware that strange shit is always in running like a movie in my mind. Why? Where does it come from? I don’t know. Tiny little droplets of ideas germinating in my head for years suddenly appear before my eyes, and announce that they are ready to become a fun and funny ride.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Plotter. I must have a map to give me the courage and confidence to begin the journey. Though I surrender to the irrefutable fact that journeys are living things, predisposed to change without warning, on a whim. To which I say, no problem, let’s rework the map a bit.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Read everything and never stop reading. Write what you love with all that you’ve got. Those are two good ones. But the one I live by is: Write Anyway. No matter what you’re hearing in your head, write anyway. I’ve been telling myself that for 33 years. 50-plus screenplays and seven novels later I can say without hesitation it works for me. Write anyway.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I’m three quarters of the way through Gottiguard, the fourth and final Kate McCall Crime Caper, a hilarious murder mystery series set in New York City. Kate is a way-off Broadway musical actor who inherits her father’s PI business after he’s found brutally murdered in an insurance company elevator. In each book, she solves her new case while she tracks her father’s killer. She uses the eccentrics in the brownstone she lives in and manages and the melodramatic members of her histrionic acting troupe to help her with her cases—like a crazy kind of Mission Impossible. They’re funny books, yes, but they’re also rocking good mysteries. You won’t know whodunnit until the very end.
After that, I have four standalones waiting in the wings wondering what in the world the delay is, why aren’t I writing them yet. I do so love dark comic thrillers, so I’ve got three of those. And one magical romantic comedy.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Sure. Here’s a teaser from the scene where the fixer is trying to break the alibi chain of Carrie Kromer, the book’s leading lady. Cab driver Joe Cabot is part of Carrie’s chain:

The Prius arrived. Eduardo slid into the backseat and pointed his untraceable Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun at Joe Cabot’s head.
“Thank you, Jesus,” Joe said without a trace of irony. “Perfect timing. Just what I needed. Nobody in this godforsaken city needed this more than me. What do you want? Money? Sex? Nuclear codes? The inside dope on some inside dope? I write movies, mister, and you are a gift from the Hollywood gods. I’m Joe Cabot. Who are you? No, wait, don’t tell me yet. Let it build. Dramatic tension’s a good thing.”
He was forty-eight years old and had been knocking on Hollywood’s door with a stack of spec scripts for twenty-five years without so much as a sniff of the action—not one agent willing to hip-pocket him, not one producer angling for a free option, not one down-on-his-luck director offering to buy him a cup of coffee. He’d been a lost LA soul for more than a decade. A cab driver who told himself he was still a screenwriter. A screenwriter who’d surrendered to living the low-level life of a sad-sack cab driver. He’d been drowning for years in the Hollywood riptide and now the gods had thrown him a screenwriting rope.
Eduardo leaned forward, noticed a dozen or so word game magazines haphazardly tossed onto the front passenger seat, and leveled the Glock at Cabot’s face. “Drive, Joe. Drive like your life depends on it.”
“Love it.” Joe pulled the Prius into traffic and followed Eduardo’s directions to a secluded-restricted entrance of the concrete-channelized Los Angeles River. The gate was locked with a heavy chain.
“Get out of the car and push it open,” Eduardo said. “It’s dummy locked. If you run, I will shoot you in both legs and drag you into the river myself.”
“I’m not going to run. I wouldn’t miss this for all the money in the mint,” Joe said.
The cabbie got out of the Prius and did as instructed, re-dummy locking the gate behind them. He got back in the car and found Eduardo’s eyes in the rearview mirror. “Awesome. They shot Grease here. Chinatown. Terminator. Point Blank. Buckaroo Banzai. Now what?”
Eduardo did not sense fear. He did not sense insanity. He sensed some kind of irregular relief, as if this were the end of a dark day rather than the beginning of one. Or some odd sort of eagerness, some bizarre form of enthusiasm, like the threat of violence—being shot in the legs as he ran for his life, for instance—was reason to rejoice. He even sensed some off-the-wall variety of impatience. Impatience! In all the years he’d been fixing insufferable situations around the world, he had never experienced a problem so excited to be solved.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Rich Leder.

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