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CSI, Cops & Crime Fiction II w JOHN FRENCH, QUINTIN PETERSON & M VENTRELLA

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Host Russ Colchamiro interviews authors John French, Quintin Peterson and Michael Ventrella about injustice in modern crime fiction

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A retired crime scene investigator from Baltimore with over forty years’ experience, JOHN FRENCH is a short story writer/editor who got his start writing for Hardboiled and for Tom Johnson’s neo-pulp magazines. Two of his stories in his book Past Sins were cited as among the best hardboiled stories in the years they were published. His pulp characters include Frank Devlin (The Devil of Harbor City), The Nightmare (The Nightmare Strikes & Shadows and Brimstone), The Grey Monk (Souls on Fire) and Simon Tombs (The Magic of Simon Tombs.) He is also the creator of the Bianca Jones - Monster Hunter series. His non-series crime fiction can be found in The Last Redhead. John had edited/coedited Bad Cop No Donut, To Hell in a Fast Car, Mermaids 13, Camelot 13, and With Great Power … Current project include novels featuring Frankenstein and Dracula, the anthology Horns and Halos for eSpec books, and Mortal Sins, a sequel to Past Sins.

QUINTIN PETERSON is the author of several plays and screenplays. He is a native Washingtonian.

As a junior high school student, he attended the Corcoran School of Art on a scholarship. While still in high school, he was honored with the University of Wisconsin’s Science Fiction Writing Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award, and the Wisconsin Junior Academy’s Writing Achievement Award.

Mr. Peterson was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., for some three decades, where he served for many years as media liaison officer and as the liaison between the department and members of the motion picture and television industries, acting as a script consultant and technical adviser. He also wrote and narrated training films for the police department. In December of 2010, he became an employee of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Department of Safety and Security.

An Active Member of Mystery Writers of America, Police Writers, and the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA), he is the author of a book of poetry, Nativity; four DC-based crime novels, SIN, The Wages of SIN, Guarding Shakespeare, and its sequel, The Voynich Gambit; and is a contributor to seven anthologies, D.C. Noir, edited by George Pelecanos, Bad Cop, No Donut, edited by John L. French; From Shadows and Nightmares, edited by Amber L. Campbell; To Hell in a Fast Car, edited by John L. French, Explosions, edited by Scott Bradley, SIGNED IN BLOOD, edited by, R. Alan Leider, Camelot 13, edited by John French and Patrick Thomas, and Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides, edited by Marilyn Olsen. His short stories are also featured numerous magazines, including the British horror magazine SANITARIUM, Awesome Tales, and Heater Magazine (formerly known as eNoir.) A short story version of Guarding Shakespeare is featured in eNoir Issue No. 2. Also, Folger Library Special Police Officer Quintin Peterson aka “the Bard Guard” is featured in the January 2017 Issue of American Theatre Magazine’s Role Call: 6 Theatre Workers You Should Know column, in recognition of his security work at the Folger Theatre.

MICHAEL A VENTRELLA writes humorous adventure novels, including Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President, Big Stick, and Terin Ostler and the War of the Words. He also edits anthologies, including the Baker Street Irregulars series (with Jonathan Maberry), Across the Universe (with Randee Dawn), Release the Virgins and the upcoming Three Time Travelers Walk Into... His short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including the Heroes in Hell series and the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives series. Authors, editors, and agents are interviewed on the blog at his web page (www.michaelaventrella.com). In his spare time, he is a lawyer.

RUSS COLCHAMIRO is the author of SFF novels Crossline, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, editor of the SciFi mystery anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, and co-author and editor of the noir anthology Murder in Montague Falls. His latest novel, Fractured Lives, is the second in an ongoing series featuring his intergalactic private eye Angela Hardwicke.

Russ is a member of the Mystery Writers Association of America and is host of the Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster podcast, interviewing a who’s who of science fiction, crime, and mystery authors. You can follow him on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram @authorduderuss, and on his website russcolchamiro.com

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