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Author Interview: Mike Bove

I am a Vermonter, though I have lived in Arizona for the past twenty years, and before that fifteen on Cape Cod. I have changed careers from teacher and coach to working in the retail and nursing home industries, and finally twenty-five years with the US Postal Service.
During my college and teaching years I participated in numerous productions, on and back-stage, in community theater, and was a high school drama director. My first major writing project was adapting a Russian folktale, The Nosebag, which I produced and directed.
Though I read in many genres, my favorite is mystery. I started with everything from Donald Westlake, Ross MacDonald, and George V. Higgins. Perhaps from my drama experiences I enjoy and appreciate interesting dialogue.
Retirement gave me more time to read and more than enough to play all the golf I could handle. I began a story about my fake town. Here I am.

  • : This book started with the simple idea that my second Bruce DelReno Mystery would involve a dead PGA professional. His body is found in the first paragraph. I had a victim. As a golfer I am fascinated by the technique of hitting a low trajectory shot that can drill through wind and produce a lot of roll. It is called a stinger, so I used it as a special skill to give my dead character, and he became Stinger Maguire. The idea grew and became "Stinger Maguire." Some characters from the first book reappear, like the police detective with whom Bruce develops a unique relationship. His wife, Genny, gets a bit more interested in the sleuthing activity. And Ben, the Apache sidekick, is still humorously annoying, but again a valuable friend. Of course new characters from Maguire's life contribute immensely to how this story unfolds. As Bruce and company uncover secrets and more about the lives of Maguire, his family, and associates, motives seem to surface. But, when Maguire's own secret is discovered, it becomes a bigger national story than his death. This is meant to be a lighthearted piece of fiction. It has no obscene violence or language. Though it contains some social commentary, it is not to preach or condemn. After all, it takes place in my fake town in a real part of Northern Arizona.
  • : During my college and teaching years I participated in numerous productions, on and back-stage, in community theater, and was a high school drama director. My first major writing project was adapting a Russian folktale, The Nosebag, which I produced and directed.
  • : Mornings, usually early.
  • : Next? Bruce DelReno Three. I’m thinking there have been too many murders in the peaceful little town of Willowtree. Maybe Bruce can somehow get involved in a homicide investigation while on vacation. I like Aruba.
  • : Reading. Golf 3-4 times a week including area tournaments. Travel especially to New England or New Orleans. Cooking and eating; adapting recipes and trying them. Dog training (attempting to train) our golden retriever.
  • : Though I read in many genres, my favorite is mystery. I started with everything from Donald Westlake, Ross MacDonald, and George V. Higgins. Perhaps from my drama experiences I enjoy and appreciate interesting dialogue. Retirement gave me more time to read and more than enough to play all the golf I could handle. I began a story about my fake town. Here I am. Some books that I refuse to get rid of are by Kurt Vonnegut (big collection), Barbara Kingsolver, Chris Bohjalian, Shakespeare, Richard Brautigan. Also sports books, mostly golf and baseball.
  • : I love my Kindle Fire.
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