Featured Interview With J. R. Lindermuth
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, where I now live again. The area has been the inspiration for several of my books, including a non-fiction regional study on the lives of the miners and their families.
My last pet, a border collie, died several years ago and I haven’t the heart to replace her.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve been a voracious reader from as early as I can remember. That hasn’t diminished. I always have several books going at the same time.
I began with the dream of being an artist. Somewhere along the line in my early teens I began adding stories to the illustrations. It grew from there.
Among my other interests is genealogy. I serve as librarian at my county historical society, assisting patrons with research and genealogy.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
There are so many and I’m constantly discovering more. Some top favorites in the mystery field–my favorite genre–include James Lee Burke, Ruth Rendell, Elmore Leonard, Harlan Coben, and the list goes on. They’ve all inspired me in one way or another.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest novel is Something So Divine. Here’s the blurb:
When a young girl is found murdered in a Pennsylvania rye field in the autumn of 1897, Ned Gebhardt, a feeble-minded youth known to have stalked the victim, is the prime suspect. Incidents involving another girl and gossip stir emotions to a frenzy, nearly leading to a lynching.
Evidence against Ned is circumstantial and there are other suspects. Influenced by the opinions of Ned’s stepsister and Ellen, a woman who has perked his interest, Simon Roth, the investigator, is inclined to give Ned benefit of the doubt. Then he discovers damaging evidence.
Still unwilling to view Ned as a cold-blooded killer, Roth puts his job and reputation in jeopardy as he seeks to assure a fair trial for the accused.
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