Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Big Mojo An Austin Carr Mystery by Jack Getze Interview

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Big Mojo
by Jack Getze

This was my first experience with Austin Carr and I really liked the character. He’s smart, a smart ass at times, but also tries to be a good father…
~Lilac Reviews
This book will take you on a wild ride with twist and turns that the Austin Carr takes you on will make you wonder what will happen next. Filled with fun, wit,and humor this fast paced page-turner will keep you reading until the murder is solved.
~Shelley’s Book Case

Big Mojo
(Austin Carr Mystery)
(Volume 3)

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Down & Out Books (September 17, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1937495763
Wall Street’s miasmal garbage washes up on the Jersey Shore when a small time broker falls in love: Is he attracted to the beautiful lady — or her brother’s inside information? Held spellbound by a steamy, auburn-haired woman with a questionable past and a get-rich-quick, insider trading scheme, Austin Carr knocks down a beehive of bad-acting Bonacellis, including the ill-tempered Mr. Vic Bonacelli, who wants his redhead back, and local mob lieutenant Mama Bones Bonacelli, architect of a strange and excruciating death trap for the fast-talking stockbroker she calls smarty pants. To survive, Austin must unravel threads of jealousy, revenge and new affections, discovering the fate of a pseudo ruby called the Big Mojo, and close the lid on a pending United States of America vs. Austin Carr insider trading case. Can Austin and his Jersey Shore mouthpiece possibly out maneuver the savvy U.S. District Attorney from Manhattan? Does anything matter for Austin again if Mama Bones flips that switch?
About This Author
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. Through the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Syndicate, his news and feature stories were published in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. His two screwball mysteries, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, are being reissued by DOWN & OUT BOOKS, with the new BIG MOJO to follow. His short stories have appeared in A Twist of Noir and Beat to a Pulp. Getze is an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America’s New York Chapter.


Where are you from?
I was born in New Orleans and then spent two years in Oceanside, California before moving to the northeastern suburbs of Los Angeles when I was three. Alhambra and the bordering towns of San Gabriel and Pasadena is where I grew up, where I lived until the age of 34. Starting with my alphabetically attached locker mates (Garcia, Getze, Gomez, Gonzales), I've always enjoyed many friends in the Mexican-American community, and love the culture, music and food especially. I remember risking suspension by ditching school in the seventh grade to lunch on fresh-baked flour tortillas filled with refried beans and cheese.

Tell us your latest news?
Down & Out Books will publish the fourth full-length Austin Carr Mystery later this year. BIG SHOES takes place a few weeks after the short story, BIG MOUTH, and forever changes Austin's and Mama Bones' lives. Angelina Mama Bones Bonacelli becomes a bigger part of Austin's story -- and a bigger boss in the local organized crime family.

When and why did you begin writing?
I was a bad student, refusing to do much homework. More like any homework. Trying to keep me on the graduation list, my senior guidance counselor found a class with no homework -- journalism. We put out the school paper every week. I loved it and really found my niche. I'd have three or four bylines every issue. I'd written a few short stories before that for English class, but never thought of being a writer until that journalism class.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After high school and a year pumping gas and shooting pool at night, I earned a copyboy job for the old Los Angeles Herald-Examiner's business news department and had to really go to work. I filled paste pots, cleaned desks, distributed stories off the wire services and even ran across the street to the liquor store every afternoon for our headline writer, a man who needed fortification to fit the news into perfectly counted, attention grabbing words. One day the business editor pulled me aside just before noon, said he had two lunch dates and he was taking the one at the bar. He said I would have to handle his second lunch date, which was actually no lunch at all, just meeting the president of some yacht company who expected to be interviewed. "Ask the guy a few questions and write a little feature story," my boss told me. So I did, and the story ran next day with my first ever professional byline. I was 19 and felt like a writer.

What inspired you to write your first book?
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. I read the book right after high school and was impressed with the story. I wondered if something similar could happen here in the 1960s, as there was much turmoil, demonstrating, etc. Sometime in 1966 or 1967 I began writing my first novel about young people starting a revolution in the San Gabriel Mountains near Los Angeles. Luckily, I realized what I was doing fairly early on -- copying Hemingway -- and gave up on that story to begin one of my own. Kinda. That second one was a lot like the movie Chinatown. :)

Do you have a specific writing style?
I want my readers to be mesmerized by the characters, their speech and actions -- not my words or storytelling techniques. Natural, conversational words and sentences; easy reading. Clarity promotes understanding. When I rewrite and rewrite, I'm trying to make the story flow so smoothly and easily, the reader won't notice the writing. I want the words to almost disappear.

How did you come up with the title?
Nothing very special I'm afraid. I've been a fan of Raymond Chandler and his novel The Big Sleep for more than forty years, so when I wrote the first Austin Carr, I chose Big Numbers as a title, and when my agent wanted another, I figured to use Big in every book. Because of the love potion Mama Bones tries on Austin in this third book, I wanted the title to have something to do with magic, or spell, or voodoo. Big Mojo sounded best to my ears.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, that love is the big mojo in our lives, the thing that makes life's struggles worth enduring. Nothing is more important than family and friends. And if anyone reading this is short of either, get busy searching.

What would you like my readers to know?
I love to hear from the people who read my books. Criticism makes me a better writer, so I encourage and solicit readers' questions, comments and angry rants. Austin Carr is less than a hero, and not for everybody, but he's getting better from book to book. Let me know what you think by friending me on Facebook or Goodreads, or leave a comment on my blog. And thanks for listening.



“Gordon Gekko meets Janet Evanovich in this wry and winning caper–Jack Getze does it again!”
~Hank Phillippi Ryan
Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author of TRUTH BE TOLD
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