Featured Interview With Mark Shaiken
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Mark lives with his wife Loren and their dog Emily in Denver, Colorado. He schooled at Haverford College and Washburn University, and practiced commercial bankruptcy law at a large law firm for decades before switching to writing, volunteering, and playing music. He is the author of three post legal career books: (i) a memoir – “And . . Just Like That – essays on a life before, during, and after the law;” (ii) “Fresh Start,” a legal thriller and the first in his 3J series; (iii) and his latest released May 20, 2022, “Automatic Stay” the second in his 3J series. He has begun work on his next legal thriller, “Unfair Discrimination.” Connect with Mark at http://markshaikenauthor.com
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I began reading (and writing) at an early age. It’s been a dream to pursue a fiction writing career after my law career. I subscribe to the theory that one should write what they know, so my legal thrillers star fictional bankruptcy lawyers at a large Kansas City, Missouri law firm. I try to incorporate lots of Kansas City’s rich history, including its civil war, music (jazz), food, and prohibition history and traditions. Also, my books have a tech element.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I like thrillers – and in particular police and spy novels. I especially enjoy Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch and the Lincoln Lawyer) and Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp).
Tell us a little about your latest book?
In Automatic Stay, my star lawyers, Josephina Jillian Jones (3J) and William Pascale are back and file bankruptcy cases for six Kansas City jazz clubs that have somehow managed to survive the Covid pandemic. Now they must battle an unknown enemy who runs an anonymous disinformation campaign on social media to try to put the clubs out of business. Will they be able to stop the campaign in time to save the clubs and keep jazz alive in the city?
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