Name of Author: Mark Love
Name of Book: The Jamie Richmond Mystery Series: Devious, Vanishing Act, Fleeing
Beauty. The Jefferson Chene Mystery Series: Why 319? Your Turn to Die (coming soon)
Where are you from? I’m originally from the Detroit area, where I lived for many years before
moving to Kalamazoo in 2011.
Tell us your latest news? My next book, “Your Turn to Die” is the second Jefferson Chene
mystery, is at the publishers right now. Hopefully it will be released yet this year.
When and why did you begin writing? I was always writing stories as a kid. It was fun to create
characters and put them in difficult situations.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? About ten years ago I started getting serious
about working on a novel.
What inspired you to write your first book? A friend recommended a mystery and said it was
great. I figured it out within the first 30 pages. When I gave it back to her, she said ‘if you’re so
smart, you should write your own mystery. I took up the challenge.
Do you have a specific writing style? Not really.
How did you come up with the title? My first two books (Devious and Vanishing Act) fit the
story well but turns out there are a number of other works with the same titles. Since then I’ve
tried to find something unique in the story that sets them apart (Fleeing Beauty and Why 319?)
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Get caught up in the characters
How much of the book is realistic? It’s all fiction, but set in current times. I use a lot of local
landmarks, particularly in the Detroit area, that readers will recognize.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? I do use some events
from my personal life to make the characters and actions realistic.
What books have most influenced your life most? The works of John D. MacDonald and Elmore
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Elmore Leonard.
What book are you reading now? No Middle Name by Lee Child
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? James Rollins, Greg Iles, John
What are your current projects? Finishing the final edits for “Your Turn to Die” and starting on
the third book in the Jefferson Chene series.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Writers workshops. It’s
a great way to gain honest feedback from others who are serious about creating great stories.
Do you see writing as a career? It’s one of my passions. If I can entertain the readers with my
stories and make some money along the way, that’s a bonus.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. After
numerous revisions and edits, it’s as close to perfect as I can get.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always been an avid reader. There
were several teachers along the way who encouraged me to write.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? The blurb for the cover is at the bottom of
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Taking the time away from
writing to promote is always a challenge.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? It’s difficult to
choose just one. Old favorites were MacDonald and Leonard. New ones are Lee Child, John
Sandford and James Rollins. They all draw you into a story quickly and make you want to keep
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’ve done a number of author events
around Michigan but rely on my own experiences in Motown to enhance my writing.
Who designed the covers? Artists assigned by the publishers, but I do have input in the artwork.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Editing. It’s always a challenge to trim the
story, to keep it flowing, eliminate redundancies and keeping the details straight.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Patience.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Keep writing. Don’t be afraid to share your work
with others. Develop a thick skin. Welcome their feedback. When it’s ready, submit. Don’t be
discouraged if you get a rejection. Even the greatest authors do.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I’ve got a story you’re going
to love. See it begins when…
Title: Your Turn to Die
Author: Mark Love
Blurb: It was supposed to be a friendly round of paintball. But blood, not paint, covers Kyle
Morrissey’s body. Though admired by the public for his charity, the businessman was no
choirboy. Could it be that more than one person want him dead? Sergeant Jefferson Chene and
his detective squad catch the case. With two new faces on the team, he finds himself in the
unfamiliar role as mentor. He is also cautiously beginning a relationship with Simone
Bettencourt, the beautiful woman he met while pursuing a serial murderer. Complicating the case
are two retired gangsters, a fortune in jewels, and Detroit’s history of organized crime. But the
squad must utilize every resource available to catch a killer.
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