Good news: My collection of first edition signed crime and mystery hardcovers inspired me to finish my own — SACRIFICE FLY (Minotaur Books, Oct. 2012). Bad news: My debut took so long to write that my custom-built cabinet got so stuffed that there is no room for my own. Good news: My second (CROOKED NUMBERS, Minotaur Books, out 10/15/13) and third (DEAD RED) came out so quickly that if I keep this up, I may someday be able to build another cabinet!

Good news: My collection of first edition signed crime and mystery hardcovers inspired me to finish my own — SACRIFICE FLY (Minotaur Books, Oct. 2012). Bad news: My debut took so long to write that my custom-built cabinet got so stuffed that there is no room for my own. Good news: My second (CROOKED NUMBERS, Minotaur Books, out 10/15/13) and third (DEAD RED) came out so quickly that if I keep this up, I may someday be able to build another cabinet!

Actor/writer/director Malachy McCourt holds my debut novel, Sacrifice Fly, after we both read our works at Irish American Writers and Artists Salon, NYC, 6/4/13.

Actor/writer/director Malachy McCourt holds my debut novel, Sacrifice Fly, after we both read our works at Irish American Writers and Artists Salon, NYC, 6/4/13.

I decided to finally finish my first novel when I read one more bestselling mystery that sucked. I thought: I can write a bestselling novel that sucks.
Tim O’Mara