Featured Interview With Ray Flynt
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in Western Pennsylvania, about an hour north of Pittsburgh. I lived in various places throughout Pennsylvania until 1997 when my work took me to the Washington, DC area. I retired in 2013 and now live in Central Florida. In addition to writing, I’ve had extensive experience in theatre and perform a one-man show based on Ben Franklin. Creating roles in theatrical productions was good preparation for writing, where developing characters for the printed page is important.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I fell in love with classic mysteries during my teen years. I started off with The Hardy Boys, an inspiration for so many mystery writers. Graduated to Ellery Queen, Perry Mason stories, Nero Wolfe adventures, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. I fount that I enjoyed whodunits and the effort to solve the puzzle. I didn’t start writing until 1987. It was at a time in my life when my work schedule precluded my involvement in theatre, and so I was looking for another creative outlet.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite contemporary author is Michael Connelly. I also enjoy Robert Crais, Lee Child, David Baldacci, and the late Michael Palmer. In addition to mystery and suspense, I enjoy reading biographies. Life’s twists and turns are the inspiration for my writing. I’ve written six novels in my Brad Frame series, and am currently working on my second suspense novel, COLD OATH, which will come out later this year.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
EMBALMED is the latest in my Brad Frame series. Brad lives in suburban Philadelphia. He was born to wealth and led an aimless life until his mother and sister were kidnapped and murdered. He joined forces with the police to help solve their crime and later formed his own private detective agency to help bring justice to others. In EMBALMED, he is stymied when one of his client’s is found murdered and “already embalmed.” In this story he is also helping his friend and mentor, police captain Nick Argostino, who is being framed. Although part of a series, each of the books can be read and enjoyed independently.
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