C. G. Eberle: A mystery author who believes in honor, justice, truth, and freedom.

I’d like to introduce C.G. Eberle (Christopher), another one of my fellow Melange Books, LLC authors, and his latest work, Killer Holidays; A John Seraph Anthology

Short Bio: Born in Buffalo, New York, C.G. was adopted by George & Dottie Eberle and raised in the Irish neighborhood of South Buffalo, where he still lives today. C.G. has been a comic book fan since he was five years old and began writing & drawing his own home made comics back then. His real interest in writing began in high school when he discovered the 1970’s television series Kolchak: the Night Stalker. He began writing as a hobby, then after reading an article re: the birth of a white buffalo in 1994 C.G. began writing THE RAINBOW WARRIOR. It took ten years & seven re-writes for him to get published. In the meantime C.G. began work on the follow-up books & the companion book, THE ERA OF HEROES, which was published in 2006.

A writer since he was 5 years old, Chris started with his homemade comic books and story books, and then seriously took to writing in high school. While in college, studying English Education, C.G. was published twice in 2004 & 2006, and then switched gears to one of his major passions, mysteries. Besides writing C.G. also is a amateur Old West Historian, an avid classic movie fan & collector, a lover of most styles of music, an avid reader, a student of crypto zoology, an amateur Ripperologist, and dabbles in the kitchen quite well.

C.G. began work on his first mystery FAMILY TIES but filed away the idea for a few years as he wrote & polished THE RAINBOW WARRIOR. Then finally he returned to FAMILY TIES, which took four years to write and, thanks to Nancy Schumacher & Melange Books, LLC,was published in October 2013.

FAMILY TIES was inspired by the missing person/homicide case of Chandra Levy, who was killed on May,1st, 2001. To a degree C.G. became mildly obsessed with the Levy case, which was THE major news story for 2001. Intensive coverage continued until news of the September 11 attacks supplanted the media’s coverage of the Levy case. After the 9/11 attacks knocked the Levy case seemingly out of the news, C.G. followed the case as best he could, and knew it was becoming an inspiration of some form, then truly understood what “Ripped from the headlines” meant.

Title of Work: Killer Holidays; A John Seraph Anthology

Genre: mystery

 Tagline: They say the holidays are murder and for John Seraph it’s the truth.

Intended Audience: adult mystery fans

John Seraph, is the eldest of eight children, whose father is the head of ‘The Arm’, the Buffalo, NY Mafia. John walked away from his family to make something of himself, due to a blood oath he made his mother. This is when his life changes in my first mystery FAMILY TIES.Is this your first book?—- No, I’ve written The Rainbow Warrior: GENESIS and The Era of Heroes (through Publish America in 2004 & 2006), and Family Ties and Family Plots (through Melange Books, LLC in 2013 & 2014)

What does your writing process look like?—- I’ve taken a page from Janet Evanovich’s How I Write. In her book about her processes  Evanovich talks about how she builds a story she’s working on. I adopted a similar process. After I have the basic idea I build from there. I chart out what happens on each day.


Monday; John goes to work, sees A fighting with B, breaks up fight; at home John hears from Denise, then get call from police, A was found dead with John’s name written in blood.

To me it’s a lot like building a house. First you lay the foundation, (the story idea), then build the frame, (know what’s roughly going to happen). After that put up the walls & install the pluming and electrical, (write the story). Another major aspect for me is picking the names of my characters, both good & bad.

One book I’d recommend to anyone looking to be a fiction writer is buy yourself a baby name dictionary. There’s a science behind naming characters and not just picking some names out of the phone book. Character names related to their traits is a real connection and when I find something that work it’s like a flashbulb goes off in my head.

Finally research is a major part of what I do. I’m lucky because it’s something I’m extremely good and enjoy, and I’m very thorough. For example: when I was picking John’s choice in handgun it took me two weeks of solidly researching various handguns until I found exactly what I wanted and needed for John.

I read Janet Evanovich’s How I Write, as well.  I highly recommend her book as well as Stephen King’s On Writing, etc.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?—- The folks at Melange asked me for my ideas regarding what I wanted to see on a cover, then Lynsee Lauritsen, who’s an artist, photographer, and designer who works with Melange Books, LLC, looked at my ideas/suggestions and put together a first draft. She was excellent about working with me, explaining what works and doesn’t work. For Killer Holidays, I wanted an image of ‘John Seraph’ and some sort of holiday theme but wasn’t positive of what. Lynsee came up with the basic concept and she soon banged out the final image. We’ve worked like this for four book covers and it’s been an amazing partnership. With my first mystery, FAMILY TIES, I had this image of what I wanted and it was way to busy. Lynsee cut it down and produced a much better image. Then she was professional enough to explain to me everything I wanted would’ve made the cover to busy & crowded.

As an artist and photographer myself, I can’t say I care for the job she did on your covers. The word “cheesy” comes to mind. They look a bit homemade and “self published”, which is a shame because, from what I’ve seen on her Facebook page, Ms. Lauritsen is actually a very accomplished photographer.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?—- The three authors who’ve been my biggest inspirations are Robert B. Parker, Janet Evanovich, and Sue Grafton. I’d have to say Parker has been a long term motivation for me since I’ve been a fan of his Spenser; for Hire series, and own his entire Spenser series in hardcover. Evanovich has been a major influence on me as well not only thanks to her, How I Write, but whenever I’ve had questions re: writing, she or her representatives have been good enough to answer me back.

How important are names to you in your books?—- This is an extremely important aspect of writing I believe a lot of people tend to forget or overlook. One book I recommend to anyone who’s looking to write fiction is to buy a copy of Dictionary of First Names. This has masculine and feminine names, ethnic origins, definitions of names, and notable examples. This is extremely important and there’s a science behind naming characters. One cannot just pluck names out of the air, I try to pick names relating to my characters’ traits & personalities.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?—-To be honest I’m not positive, I don’t think anyone can honestly answer this question. Hopefully with some hard work, a little luck, some grand support, and a lot of sales, maybe I’ll be fortunate enough to land on the best sellers’ list multiple times and be able to give back to my parents who’ve given me so much. And with a bit more luck maybe have a movie screenplay picked up by a producer.

Have you always enjoyed writing?—- Yes, I began when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I used to write and draw my own little comic books. It wasn’t until I was in high school, about age 17, when my first writing sparks ignited after first being exposed to an old T.V. show, Kolchak; the Night Stalker. Soon after I began writing for my school newspaper, then I began toying with the idea of writing fiction. It was 1994 when I began writing my first book The Rainbow Warrior: GENESIS.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?—- KEEP WRITING!!! You can give in, you can give out, but don’t give up! If you have the idea for a good book, and I don’t just mean fiction, research all you can about whatever topic you’re writing about. Also don’t be afraid to talk to writers who’ve made it. I’m always happy to talk to someone who says “Oh I’ve always wanted to write” or “I’ve got this idea for a book”. Also have some basics on hand; dictionary, thesaurus, a few good notebooks & pens, at least one of each near your bed, if you don’t have a recorder of some kind. And if you do take it with when driving. You’ll never when or where an idea will hit you. Also there are a number of books one can find on any number of subjects and about writing, I’d say be selective. A number of these books repeat themselves. If at a book store I look through them and pick the best ones. And don’t be snobby about where you find books & research material. I’ve come across good research books at second hand book stores. The trick is hunting through the piles, racks, and table you’ll come across

What (when not writing) do you do to support yourself?—- Currently I’m working at the new Buffalo Bills Store, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. It can be rough at times, but it’s a good job and I work with a good solid crew.

What are you working on now?—- Currently I awaiting the edits of my next book Family Education, which should be debuting sometime in 2015. I’m also writing the fifth book in my series, Family Friend, with plans for my next three books, what I’m calling my serial thriller, the Father’s Day Saga. The Saga will take place over the course of three books and three individual mysteries, the stories will have a sub-plot of a story arch that will change not just John Seraph’s life but almost everyone he knows. I am also working on a Year-0 John Seraph story, which takes place before Family Ties. This is sort of an origins story and explains a bit and takes place before he changed his name. I’m planning on self-publishing this Year-0 story as an e-book and giving it away for free.

It is great to hear that you are busy writing and getting the support you need from your publisher. I hope the best for you and your work!

What is your biggest failure?—- Driving my best friend and the only woman I ever loved out of my life. There isn’t a day I don’t think about her, the mistakes I made, and how’s she is doing.

That sounds like a memoir in the making!

What do you want your tombstone to say?—- Hopefully it’ll read: Christopher G. Eberle (C.G. Eberle); Loving husband, father, son, brother, and loyal friend. A mystery author who believed in honor, justice, truth, and freedom.

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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?-— Italy. I mean the whole country, all 21 regions. If I had the money and time I’d start in the Northern region and make my throughout the entire country and soak up as much of the culture and the people as I can.

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I hope you’re learning to speak the language!

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?—- Find the true love of my life, make her mine, live happily ever after. I’m doubtful of all this, so I’ll have to settle for making writing my career, becoming extremely good at it, and providing for my parents, brother, sister

Never doubt yourself!

Please describe something you “deleted” from your work and why. Because a real writer knows when to hit THE DELTE KEY!—- In 1994 when I was writing my first book, The Rainbow Warrior, I had a nightmarish image for my hero, of downtown Buffalo obliterated, and the HSBC Tower having been obliterated. Now during my rewrites after September,11th, 2001 I knew I had to change the scene, so I made the Tower still standing but with an almost, demented, demonic, Jack O’ Lantern face blown into the side of the building.

Contact Information:

Website: http://cavillier1970.wix.com/theamateurdetective#

Blog: http://cavillier1970.wix.com/theamateurdetective

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/chris.eberle.353

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Publisher’s Website: http://www.melange-books.com/index.html

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/C.-G.-Eberle/e/B00HX5PT6U/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1422556691&sr=1-2

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23880558-killer-holidays-a-john-seraph-anthology

Other Interviews: http://joannemyers.blogspot.com/2015/01/author-spotlight-on-christopher-g-eberle.html?zx=378fbe3d9fa2b6d0

I really enjoy interviewing authors and making them a part of my blog,

especially those who are fellow Melange authors

and those whom I’ve met in this industry

who have encouraged and inspired me.



Karynne Summars and Her Desperate Pursuit of Sexy Stories Abroad

KS headshotKarynne Summars is my “go to” author friend for advice on promoting!

Despite her busy schedule (both professionally and socially), she still finds time to help out fellow authors and keep in contact with her fans! She’s awesome!

Karynne (even her name is spelled sexily!) is the author of these Dramatic Romance Thrillers, Desperate Pursuit in Venice and Desperate Pursuit in Rio de Janeiro.

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What if you become the object of someone’s infatuation? Expect everything—from passionate love to a dangerous pursuit of happiness in Desperate Pursuit in Venice.

Intended Audience: Male and female age 18 and up who like an intelligent but emotional and seductive story, an exhilarating roller coaster ride.


Readers will root for the beautiful (inside and out) protagonist and her captivating newfound love, but may at one point also feel compassion for the enigmatic antagonist as the story develops and they get to know him from a different side.

She is also the Executive Producer of the psychological thriller/horror/mystery feature film Disturbed (2015), a KeeranVaani Creations production.

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I just found out that she is also a contributing writer for PopImpressKA Journal, an inspiring, creative and empowering magazine for which she has written travel articles, historic event coverage like the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and an interview with Austria’s No. 1 TV personality and actor, Alfons Haider.  She also created fashion blogs and video for PopImpressKA Fashion Brand. I’ll have to check out her work!

And now a little something to help you get know Karynne better:

Q: What does your writing process look like?

A: I usually write in the evenings when there is less of a chance of being interrupted. Somehow I come up with the best ideas at night.

Q: Are you a plotter or a pantster (writing by the seat of your pants)?

A: I do a general outline of what kind of story I would like to tell and then just sit down and write.

Q: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

A: Overtly violent or gruesome activities or too unrealistic stories. I also could not see myself writing anything in the Sci Fi area.

Q: How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

A: The titles of my books are pretty much determined by the main plot in my stories.

Q: What other books/authors are similar to your own? What makes them similar?

A: None that I can think of. I like to set myself apart from existing books/stories and hopefully deliver a unique read.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

A: The cover art speaks to the actions in my books. I searched for the suitable photos and then had a cover designer put it together. For DPIV I used the designer at Bookbaby and for DPIR the cover design was done by Sean Strong.

Q: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

A: The Antagonist because he is a gift that keeps on giving and I can put him into almost any situation without losing credibility.

  1. Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

A: I read all my reviews. So far they have been very good reviews. In case any negative reviews come up in the future, I will make an honest attempt to understand what caused the negative opinion but it would not affect me in any way. Reviews are a reflection of the reviewer, in my opinion. You can’t please everyone and readers are entitled to their opinion. I would just hope that they would be fair and offer constructive criticism rather than just being mean or haters. I would also expect that they would come from readers who primarily read books in that genre. I also consider that readers who usually read classic material of famous authors may not be the best reviewers of today’s modern material.

Q: What (when not writing) do you do to support yourself?

A: I try to promote my work without being a nuisance, of course, via social media and my blog. I also prepare book trailer videos and share these to provide some visuals for my novels.

Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

A: Definitely the formatting and the many rounds of editing, which have to be done.

Q: What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

A: You can never have enough reviews, especially on Amazon. It would also be helpful if they would share the books and their reviews on their social media channels. I always say that a review doesn’t have to be very long. I believe a couple of sentences would be sufficient.

Q: What is your best marketing tip?

A: I believe that word of mouth is still the best marketing you can get for your work.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I am currently working on my third book, an espionage thriller. I am also a contributing writer for PopImpressKA Journal, an inspiring, empowering and creative magazine.

Q: What is your next project?

A: I am currently preparing a treatment for my novels/stories to show what they would look like as a movie.

Q; What is your biggest fear?

A: Not having enough time for all the creative things I am involved in and which are in my head. Eventually I will have to let go of something.

Q: What do you want your tombstone to say?

A: Committed until the end. She never gave up following her dreams and passion.

Q: If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?

A: Being able to end violence, greed and dishonesty and save the rainforests.

Q: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before? Provide images if you want.

A: Various countries in South America

Q: If you were any plant or animal, what would you be? Provide images if you want!

A: Either a big wild cat or a horse.

Q: What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

A: Make a Desperate Pursuit in Venice/Desperate Pursuit in Rio de Janeiro movie.

Q: Please describe something (significant number of words/a character/entire scene) you “deleted” from your work and why. Because a real writer knows when to hit THE DELETE KEY!

A: I deleted various dialogues of the main characters as well as the supporting characters because they didn’t serve any purpose to move the story forward.






YouTube Trailers:

DPIV: http://youtu.be/kf68DKCBNPw

DPIR: http://youtu.be/JAS-ZJY63q8


Other Interviews:





2014 MARSocial Author-of-the-Year Award

Winner in the 2014 “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” Contest

Presented by The Authors Show.

I met Karynne while competing in the MARSocial Author-of-the-Year Award and we have kept in touch ever since. She may have been awarded the prize, but many of the authors who participated are winners because we have met a wonderful network of friendship and support!

Thank you, Karynne for agreeing to my interview.

I really enjoyed your answers and I hope to see your work on the big screen.

Until then, I’d love to hear your novels as audiobooks! Hint! Hint!