Short, Sharp Interview: Jim Winter

PDB: Can you pitch your latest publication/ project in 25 words or less? 

JW: Northcoast Shakedown
: Sex, lies, and insurance fraud. insurance investigator Nick Kepler takes a couple of cases he shouldn’t and find himself entangled in Cleveland’s dark underbelly.

PDB: Which books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

JW: I almost always start the year with Ken Bruen’s latest, and Head Stone blew me away. It’s amazing how much Taylor can embrace the darkness, and he keeps coming back for more. Although this time, it literally took a piece of him. Several, actually.
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader? 

No, you get too involved in the story. The best a writer can do is to put the piece away for a time, then come back and look at it when they’re not as attached to their work.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television? 

I can’t see myself writing for television or films simply because the politics would do bad things to my blood pressure. That said, I do plan to write one project on the slate as a screenplay first, just to see if I can do it.

PDB: How much research goes into each book? 

It depends. These days, you can look anything up on the Internet, and as long as you’ve got a good bullshit detector, you can most of it there. Still, if an opportunity to ask someone about something relevant to my work arises, I ask them.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer? 

I started out as a Twitter hater. I thought it was annoyed, but over time I’ve come to enjoy using it as a promotional tool and means to interact with readers and writers. That, and I use it to issue edicts for #wheniamtheeviloverlord

PDB: What’s on the cards in 2012?

I plan to release a short story collection later this year as well as the follow up to Northcoast Shakedown