Mystery / Crime
Date Published: Fade Out: March 2016
Young radio reporter Lisa Powers has a lot to learn, but in her zeal to cover the big city crime beat, finds herself facing down criminals in addition to reporting on them.
From the dark streets of the metro Phoenix area to the peaceful red rocks of Sedona, Lisa dodges bullets investigating the cold case of a kidnapped bank executive found murdered, and discovers horrors she never imagined while tracking down a missing father.
She’s first on the scene of a massive fire that destroys the opulent mansion of a reclusive pharmaceutical heir, but her career is jeopardized when the story gets way too hot.
Mystery / Crime
Date Published: Dead Air: March 2017
Young radio reporter Lisa Powers follows her hunches to help solve criminal cases, but at the risk of denying her own emotional health.
She comes face to face with a suspected cop shooter, but refuses to admit how the harrowing experience continues to haunt her.
She’s resolute in the search for a violent rapist in a 15-year-old cold case, unwavering in her mission to bring closure to the tormented young woman who was sexually abused when she was four.
Lisa introduces “L.N. Pane, P. I,” the lead podcast character in a 1940s film noir saga of a gritty female gumshoe gunning to finger someone trying to bump off a gent.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
There’s nothing I really find “hard,” as I enjoy the entire process, from researching, to organizing and outlining, to the joy of writing, even editing and marketing. I love speaking about my books and about the writing process, and feel very fortunate to be able to do something I truly enjoy. Some days, if I’m dealing with other non-writing projects, the hardest thing is sitting down to write!
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
When I’m writing, “Spa” music, new age, jazz and classical, mostly on SiriusXM. Right now I can’t get enough of the soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” in iTunes.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I meet with three other mystery writers in a monthly video chat. We don’t have to drive to yet another meeting, and can have a glass of wine while we’re critiquing each other’s work, discussing marketing, etc.
I also have some fabulous beta readers, who are mostly fast readers, give good feedback and often include proofing notes as well.
What book(s) are you reading now?
On my iPad Kindle app, I just finished “Fire and Fury,” and am now reading Arizona author Margaret Spence’s “Lipstick on the Strawberry;” on the Nook app, am reading the latest Alfred Hitchcock’ Murder Mystery Magazine; and am listening to Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, “Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresdon Files,” read by my all-time favorite narrator, James Marsters, on my Audible app.
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve been a writer much of my life, even in grade school. I got a degree in broadcast journalism, and had a career writing and reporting for radio, commercial and cable television; as a writer/producer/director for corporate video production; and published a twice-monthly, 38,000-circulation community newspaper with my late husband for 13 years. I’ve also written screenplays, documentaries, murder mystery plays, magazine articles, short stories and just about anything people would pay me to write! Also in 2018, I’m writing, producing and directing film shorts.
Tell us about your next release.
I am one of seven authors taking part in the “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries,” and my publisher with Short on Time Books asked us to take our series characters and put them all in the same location: Tawnee Mountain Resort, a fictional location in New Jersey. My “Deadly Misfire” sees my young radio reporter, Lisa Powers, at a radio conference at the resort. She prepares to accept an award for excellence in reporting, but a stalker tries to prevent her from taking the stage — with deadly force. It will be released April 16.
I am also working on the third book in my series, “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” which will be called “Bleeder.” All my book titles are actual radio terminology, but hopefully with a sinister twist!
About the Author:
Laurie Fagen is a long-time “writer by habit” who has written for radio and television news; corporate video, films and documentaries; and magazines and newspapers.
An honorable mention in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine’s Mysterious Photograph short story contest and a life-long love of reading whodunits led to three published short stories in Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter anthologies. She’s published two crime fiction mystery novels, “Fade Out” and “Dead Air,” and has book #3, “Bleeder,” in her “Behind the Mic” mysteries out in Spring 2018, along with a “Tawnee Mountain Mysteries” multi-author series novella called “Deadly Misfire,” also due in Spring 2018.
Former publisher of a Chandler, AZ community newspaper with her late husband, Geoff Hancock, she is also a jazz singer and artist.
A member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), Fagen lives in the Phoenix metro area.
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