C.S. Poe

C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to distract her from work.C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers organization.

Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published by DSP Publications, 2016.


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Mystery of the Bones (Snow & Winter Book 4)

It’s been a full year since the mystery that brought antique shop owner and part-time amateur sleuth Sebastian Snow together with NYPD homicide detective Calvin Winter. Patience, sanity, and their very lives have been put to the test, but love has persevered. Although Sebastian is now New York City’s best-known busybody, he’s done solving crimes and wants nothing more than to plan a romantic budget wedding.

Then Snow’s Antique Emporium receives a decapitated human head in the mail and the holidays are gory once again. Sebastian patently disregards the mystery of a lifetime because he is done with death and danger—but the killer escalates. Before Sebastian knows it, his closest friends and family are dragged into a series of horrific murders with antiquated clues hinting to the infamous Victorian American Bones Wars.

The clock is ticking to recover a long-lost artifact linked to paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope and to capture a murderer. But it’s not Sebastian who may become the next target—it’s Calvin.




Brad Shreve 0:00
Today’s episode C.S. Poe talks about the end of a series and Justene talks about another series she doesn’t want to end

Announcer 0:11
Welcome to Gay Mystery Authors with Brad Shreve featuring interviews with some of the most renowned authors and up and coming talent and LGBTQ mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Plus, Justene is here with her weekly recommendation.

Brad Shreve 0:36
Okay, Justene, I am finishing up a cup of yogurt right now. And this is a ridiculous way to start the show. But I’ve got a bitch.

Justene 0:44
Go ahead. I’m listening.

Brad Shreve 0:47
I don’t know, I think it was Yoplait that started. Yeah, I’m old enough to remember when Yoplait was advertising that they had fruit on the bottom. And that you just opened up the cover and you stirred up the fruit and you had a delicious tasting yogurt. For some reason. Everybody now has gone to this fruit on the bottom thing. I don’t know if you’ve noticed that. Do you eat much yogurt,

Justene 1:08
I eat yogurt. And I remember when it wasn’t fruit on the bottom. And those yogurts did not taste nearly as good as the ones that have fruit on the bottom. Although it is annoying to have to stir it up yourself and not quite get it blended with you.

Brad Shreve 1:25
And I don’t notice that much different, but I’m eating a Trader Joe’s brand. Maybe they’re a little bit better than the others. But why do I want to go through the work stirring the yogurt. And then there’s always little pieces on the bottom. That no matter how hard you try, you can’t get out of the bottom of the cup.

Justene 1:44
Yeah, then it’s time to just go for a new cup.

Brad Shreve 1:49
So it’s a it’s a first world problem. But for whatever reason, it’s driving me crazy. today. It’s the one I’m top of my head.

Justene 1:57
Moving on from first world problems. How far in advance of those guests booked

Brad Shreve 2:03
all the guests we have booked guest all the way until next the beginning of next year. Some I believe as far as March, we have some people in March. So I have had some authors that say, Wow, can’t you get me in any sooner. And unfortunately, right now I am booked. But if you have a book coming out before then and you would like to see us recommend it, you can send it in and Justene goes through these books and does make book recommendations. So that is an option for you. You can still book later in the year next year. But if you want a book to get recommended as soon as you can send it into us. And the email it to that is info@gaymysteryauthors.com. Justene, what will you do with it when they come in?

Justene 2:54
I’m going to read it and I’m going to decide whether to review it and then we’ll have it on the show and

if you send it in and we do a review, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get on the show later.

Brad Shreve 3:05
Absolutely not. It has no bearing on whether you’ll be a guest or not in the future, we’re more than happy to reveal books that are for people that are guests. So let’s hope we get some more in that let’s get some more people booked next year. But right now it hasn’t been a problem

Justene 3:21
Has not been a problem. I’ve still got a stack of to be reads, but I’m always looking for the next great author.

Brad Shreve 3:28
And you’re a fast reader. So that’s a good thing. Unlike me,

Justene 3:31
helps it helps a lot, especially what I need to get that laundry done.

Brad Shreve 3:36
I can only do one thing at a time. So maybe that’s part of my problem. So what are we talking about this week? What books are you recommending?

Justene 3:44
I am recommending the Blake Hart series by Robert Ennis. That’s one that we haven’t booked him on the guest as a show. He is not known to a lot of people. But I really love his mysteries. His new This one is called Harte. It’s spelled H.A.R.T.E. And it’s the name of his title character, Blake Harte. It is the 10th in the series. This one is intended to be the last of series, which I am disappointed in.

Brad Shreve 4:21
Sometimes they change their mind.

Justene 4:23
Well, on his Facebook page. Someone asked him he said I don’t know. But I hope not. On the other hand, this book does a very good job of tying up all the story arcs of the previous 10 books.

Brad Shreve 4:36
Do I have to read all 10 books to read this book?

Justene 4:39
No, you don’t. It’s just it’s fun to see where the characters were and how they develop. But you don’t need to have any background in order to read this particular book.

Brad Shreve 4:49
Good. Yeah, it’s always it’s always more fun to begin at the beginning of a series. But I really appreciate when the author makes each individual book a standalone as well. So that’s good to hear.

Justene 4:59
Yeah, yes. And mystery certainly stands alone. And he doesn’t really have to do a lot of flashbacks of previous books.

Brad Shreve 5:07
We don’t have Robert booked on set, correct?

Justene 5:10
That’s correct.

Brad Shreve 5:12
Robert, if you’re listening, hey, we got some openings next year.

Justene 5:16
That’s right. And after I tell you about this book, and you read it, you’re going to really enjoy it. All of his books are are a bit shorter than average. So they’re quick to get through. But they’re very satisfying. Kind of like a fun size Snickers.

Brad Shreve 5:31
So nice, quick read when you just lean back.

Justene 5:34
Yeah. Let me tell me about how he does a mystery. All of his books are not only who done it. But how on earth do they do they do it? Kind of reminds me of Encyclopedia Brown? Do you remember him?

Brad Shreve 5:47
I remember Encyclopedia Brown very well. In fact, I would guess that he has been the inspiration for me to become a writer.

Justene 5:57
He certainly did a lot of intriguing mystery for when we were kids. Do you remember the one about the world war one memorabilia?

Brad Shreve 6:06
I remember there was something about it that had to do with I don’t remember the details. What what happened.

Justene 6:13
What happened was that a friend of his found supposedly valuable memorabilia from World War One. And Encyclopedia Brown proved that it was a fake because it said World War One on it, which wouldn’t have happened if the object had actually dated from that period of time. Because they thought of it then is the Great War.

Brad Shreve 6:33
I know that you mentioned I do remember that one because it’s actually one of the ones that I was able to solve. And sometimes Encyclopedia Brown beat me, and I didn’t like that. But that one I did get that one.

Justene 6:45
Well, I will say that you may be annoyed with some of Robert Ennis’s books because he will beat you on some of these mysteries. In fact, on a lot of them, he kind of lead to a solution. And once it becomes obvious, the next page, like hard solves it. But there continues to be another twist right afterward. Those are fun. In one of my favorite books in the series, Harte was chasing a suspect. And the suspect went into the tunnel Harte went into the tunnel, and they come out the other end. And the car isn’t there. And he doesn’t know how in Heck, the car disappear. And another one Hartes in the hospital recovering from abdominal surgery. And the victim is killed in the elevator. What do you suppose the odd thing about dying an elevator would be?

Brad Shreve 6:46
Well, was it was the victim alone is the question.

Justene 7:45
Well, not only was he alone, but he died by drowning in the elevator.

Brad Shreve 7:51
Oh, well, yeah. You don’t hear that every day

Justene 7:54
No, you really don’t. You really don’t. So in his last book, Harte saw the mysteries that have been haunting him and previous books. There’s been this thread of how he’s has nightmares from an incident that happened when he was a kid, where he ended up breaking into this house on a dare from his friends, and found an old woman dead in the rocking chair, all alone in the middle of the room. And no one knew how she had gotten killed, and taunted him for the past 30 years. And he ends up solving the mystery in this book.

Brad Shreve 8:37
And it comes to a satisfying conclusion.

Justene 8:40
Oh yes, it comes to a very satisfying conclusion. And along the way, is the usual characters involved. his old friend Sally comes back and they solve the case together. Then there’s a serial killer that haunts him from jail. And he ends up being involved in this book. This is overall very satisfying mystery.

Brad Shreve 9:04
Well, just just so our listeners know, we do not do a ranking of 1-2-3-4-5. It’s done a lot. And in all honesty, if Justene is reviewing a book on our show, she considers it a five for the most part.

Justene 9:17

Brad Shreve 9:18
So she has your own rating system. What do you rate this book?

Justene 9:22
This one gets an intriguing investigation.

Brad Shreve 9:25
Oh, that’s a good rating.

Justene 9:27
Yes. Let me repeat it. An intriguing recommendation.

Brad Shreve 9:34
And the name of the book is Harte by Robert Innes. Yes. Now any news from ReQueered Tales this week?

Justene 9:42
ReQueered Tales only lets up books every other week. But you can go back and read our Grant Michael series we’ve released the first two of his Stan Kraychik books. Stan Kraychik is a hairdresser who is actually not he fits the stereotype outwardly, but inwardly. He doesn’t fit what people usually viewed hairdressers, like in the 1990s and he’s out there solving mysteries is a straight hunky cop, Lieutenant Bronco. The mysteries are very good, very satisfying.

Brad Shreve 10:18
Well, the hunky cop got my attention. They go straight or not. I like monkey cop. Yep. Recruit testers put out a lot of books since you’ve begun. So if people want to look through the selection that you have, where did they go?

Justene 10:31
Go to read queer tales.com.

Brad Shreve 10:35
So we have a glowing recommendation for Robert and it’s

Justene 10:39

Brad Shreve 10:40
intriguing recommendation. I apologize. I’ll have to get used to our new rating system. He is intriguing. Yes. Good to hear. Justene. Anything to add before I let you go?

Justene 10:51
Nope. I’m off to read my next set of books

Brad Shreve 10:54
while I’m off to do an interview.

Justene 10:57
Sounds great. Looking forward to hearing it.

Announcer 11:03
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Brad Shreve 11:18
Our guest today is C.S. Poe and very happy to have her join us today. Welcome.

C.S. Poe 11:23
Thank you for having me.

Brad Shreve 11:25
C.S. Poe is a lambda literary and two time epic Award finalist and a fat bow award winning author of game mystery romance and paranormal book. She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. CS is an avid fan of coffee, reading and cats. She’s rescued two cats, Milo and Casper do their best on a daily basis to distract her from her work. CS is a member of the International thriller writers organization. And her debut novel, The mystery of nevermore was published by DSP publications in 2016. Turn imagine you’ve been your debut is only 2016. We’ve accomplished quite a bit in a few years.

C.S. Poe 12:10
Yeah, it feels like it was a really long time ago. And then I look at the calendar. Whoa, no, not really too much. Actually.

Brad Shreve 12:17
No, it was many books ago. It’s what it was. Yeah. Well, let’s start with the Snow and Winter series. Talk about them. Which mystery the of the bones of your fourth book. Right. Your primary characters are Sebastian Snow and Calvin Winter. Yeah. Tell us about Sebastian.

C.S. Poe 12:38
Sebastian is the main character the series. It’s all from his point of view, and he is an antique dealer. He lives and works in New York City. He owns his own business in the East Village. And the whole series begins at around Christmas time and him having extraordinary bad luck of action Stanley finding dead people, usually around the Imperium. And it just sort of snowballs from there into meeting one of the homicide detectives Calvin Winter, and then life just gets crazier book to book.

Brad Shreve 13:17
Well, it’s funny in mystery of the bone, Sebastian receives a decapitated head in the mail. Yeah, he just can’t avoid murder or trouble Kenny.

C.S. Poe 13:26
He can’t. And you know, in Book One, he sort of revels in it, because he’s all about trying to prove that he’s very smart. And that he’s capable of solving great mysteries, because he’s got a bit of a bit of an ego and a bit of a self deprecating sort of sensibility about him. You know, book two, he continues on that path, book three, he really tries to stop and behave and be a good citizen and book for he, you know, absolutely wants nothing to do with it. And he still finds a way back in every time.

Brad Shreve 14:00
One thing I find interesting, and I’ll let you give the medical term Sebastian has color blindness.

C.S. Poe 14:06
Yes, it is achromitopsia.

Brad Shreve 14:09
I’m, I’m glad you said that. But what’s interesting is you stayed in your biography that you have affinity for all things cute and colorful. Yet, how did you come up with the idea for him to have color blindness?

C.S. Poe 14:24
Um, it was, you know, I do a lot of research about pretty much any subject that I come across that seems vaguely interesting. And that just ended up being one of these weird rabbit holes. I fell down in like 2012. I want to say, who knows what I started researching. And I just stumbled upon that. And I just thought, How fascinating is it to? First off, no one knows about this condition really. But to shed light on it, because it is a real a real disorder that people live with. But from just a writer’s point of view, how can you describe the world and make it beautiful, avoiding every color description possible?

Brad Shreve 15:09
You’ve done a great job of that I find that unique and fascinating. Thank you, part of his character. Tell us about the relationship between Sebastian and Calvin.

C.S. Poe 15:22
So, Sebastian, you know is the main character Calvin is a homicide detective with the NYPD. And they they meet in Nevermore when he finds a heart under the floorboards. And Calvin is the detective on the case, trying to figure out why there’s a heart in the floorboards and who this amateur sleuth want to be even is. So they don’t start out with the best relationship. It sort of grows from there but yet they they were not great friends when they met.

Brad Shreve 16:02
Which is somehow some some of the best relationships begin anyway.

C.S. Poe 16:08
Yes, I think so. I love a little bit of hate turning into love.

Brad Shreve 16:14
Now, what would Sebastian know tell us about CS Poe

C.S. Poe 16:21
that she’s a sarcastic as he is, and, and probably can’t be trusted. His sarcasm is is one of the things that I really like writing about his character he does actually have in his his weaker, more human moments when he’s not cracking jokes. He does have a lot of self esteem issues that he’s carried with him for a long time. And he does use sarcasm as a shield. But just from my point of view, or as a writer, I love writing sarcastic really, really dry heat humor. It just because I that’s how I am most of my life. So I’m getting to focus that sometimes. Not me, but kind of borderline mean jokes through him is a fun outlet.

Brad Shreve 17:19
Well, I tend to have a sarcastic sense of humor as well. And I think you’re right. I think it is a shield sometimes. But but it’s been that way. That’s what endeared me to him very much. Now, you told me you do a substantial amount of research on Victorian America. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to research for your book?

C.S. Poe 17:41
Ah, boy, it’s such a loaded question. I because I do so much research. I mean, every day. One of the things that I do in in my Facebook group for readers is I try to post interesting facts for them every day. And it’s usually about the 1800s. So I come across something interesting, like every day, but if I had to say one of the more interesting things that made it into a book, probably it Snow & Winter, Book Three was about the history of film. And I would say getting to research some of the very first films ever shot was great. They’re pretty much you know, pornography and cats. Nothing much has changed.

Brad Shreve 18:24
It’s funny, and I presume your your affinity towards things Victorian is probably the reason why you have him running an antique store.

C.S. Poe 18:34
Yeah, it’s just, it’s a time period that I just find so fascinating. There’s just so many bizarre, crazy things that happened in that time period. And so getting to use his shop as an excuse to research it every day is is quite fun.

Brad Shreve 18:52
You have your different novels, other than just Calvin and Snow. They take place in New York, New England towns, and also Key West Florida. Why specifically those three areas?

C.S. Poe 19:07
They’re all places that I’ve lived. I grew up in northern New Hampshire. I lived in New York City for about a decade. I’m in Key West currently going back to New York. I’ve lived in Japan. So I just like writing about places that I’ve lived.

Brad Shreve 19:23
Do you live currently in Key West? Are you on vacation?

C.S. Poe 19:27
No, I currently live here.

Brad Shreve 19:29
I’m envious. I always want to go. I was. I was at a conference in Miami. And I tried to drive to Key West. And I got halfway there and realized I didn’t have enough time to get there and get back. So I had to turn back. So that’s as close as I’ve gotten to your home.

C.S. Poe 19:47
It’s a it’s an interesting place. It’s It’s strange, because it’s you know, it’s got such a famous sort of culture and vibe to it. But when you really get down to the nitty gritty, it’s a small town like northern New Hampshire, it’s just a little hotter. Huh? So writing the writing the book that took place in Key West was fun, because you got to deal with all the small town personalities.

Brad Shreve 20:11
Do you get tired of Jimmy Buffett music?

C.S. Poe 20:13
Yes. Yes, I do.

Brad Shreve 20:19
I heard he even regrets writing Cheeseburger in Paradise.

C.S. Poe 20:23
Oh boy. Yeah, if I want to walk down to Wall Street and do some shopping, you have to walk by the Jimmy Buffett restaurant, there’s just a whole bunch of, you know, certain certain age set of tourists there and very, very lot Jimmy Buffett music just like, Oh, I don’t want to be here keep walking walk faster.

Brad Shreve 20:42
Given the different areas, what do you find different about writing about each one? In How do they affect the mood of each novel?

C.S. Poe 20:51
Oh, wow. Yeah. See, I The reason I love writing different locations is because a city or town or anything, a geography is a character in a book as much as the actual people who speak and talk and do things. You know, small towns have, you know, that charm aspect, which I enjoy, but I kind of get bored of if I do it too often. So most of the stuff I write takes place in New York, because you can write sort of the grit in the dirt and the grime and the being sort of anonymous in a city of 8 million people. But when it comes down to hyper focusing on in neighborhoods, such as in Snow and Winter, the East Village, he ends up knowing a lot of people he knows, you know, his business owners by first name, he knows the lady that drops off the packages, he knows his annoying neighbors. So it’s this sort of small town within a huge city. the personality of the setting is very different from an island to an urban environment to a small town and those who are just really interested seem to explore to, especially when you get readers, you know, messaging you and emailing saying, I used to live here, this is exactly what it’s like or Wow, you must have done your research. And yes, I did. I lived there for 10 years.

Brad Shreve 22:14
Well, when you mentioned Key West, in one of your novels kind of lit up a little bit. Can we expect more of that in the future?

C.S. Poe 22:22
Um, I never say never. A lot of all of my writing, I’ll be honest, all of my writing is done completely by the seat of my pants. I started off going, I’m going to write a murder mystery. And people you’re like, Okay, where’s it happening? What’s it about? I have no idea. I will let you know when I get there. So there could be another one that took place in that, that world with those characters. I really liked it. But it’s, I won’t really know until I get that right gut feeling that that’s the story. And it has to be told.

So for now, it’s a standalone, long story short,

Brad Shreve 23:00
okay, I didn’t know if you’re going to do a different story. Now you have a background in film production, which I believe it shows in your writing, because your ability to paint a scene is incredible. In what ways have you utilize the skills to write a novel?

C.S. Poe 23:21
Um, well, there’s this thing. I don’t know, some people might be aware of this, when you write a screenplay for the screen, you have to have the white of the paper and the black of the text be even if there’s too much white, where there’s too much black, you’re supposed to go back and amend it. Because each page is roughly about a minute of screen time. So there’s there’s these concepts behind it. But it really taught me the importance of less is more, which is something that I’m I’m all about with my writing, I can tell a setting ordinary motion or the dialogue in a single sentence versus five sentences, I will just because I like the impact of it. I feel that sometimes the the brashness or the abruptness of the way that I write kind of represents how you have to get to the point in a screenplay.

Brad Shreve 24:19
interesting that you say that because I interviewed somebody that used to be a poet the other day, and said the same thing that because of having to use a few words in poetry, they were able to use that in your writing and sounds. Yeah, exactly what you’re saying.

C.S. Poe 24:36
Yeah, it’s still about getting to the point very fast, while still maintaining, you know, the importance of what’s being delivered.

Brad Shreve 24:44
We said that your first novel came out in 2016, just three years ago. What would you say has improved significantly in your writing? Or, in general?

C.S. Poe 24:57
Huh? I think my I think my dialogue has gotten a little better dialogues, my favorite thing to write. And I just think, cutting out those those little annoying words that you use that are repetitive. That’s and the just the uhs and the errs out of a character speech. kind of gets it more to the point quickly. Yeah, I mean, there’s like a lot of little things. Like I look back at Nevermore, and I really like it. Is there stuff I changed? Of course, um, but I would say that I, I have done better getting to the point quicker over the years.

Brad Shreve 25:37
Well, I’m similar to you dialogue is my favorite thing to write. My first draft is almost just entirely dialogue. And then I have to go in and fill in the blanks, just because I have so much fun with it. Yeah. Sounds like you did too.

C.S. Poe 25:51
Yeah, I love dialogue. Well, I can tell the whole story of just talking.

Brad Shreve 25:56
Yeah, it’s easy to get caught up in it. So you’re writing journey? How did that begin?

C.S. Poe 26:03
Um, well, I mean, I, you know, I think a lot of authors probably have similar things. You know, I started writing when I was very young. I mean, I did when I was probably 12, is when I decided this is something I want to do professionally and get paid for. But I know that I’m only 12. And I’m not very good at it. So it was very much a sit down and write something every single day, because I knew I had to practice to get better at it. Because it’s an art form, just like sculpting and painting, you have to practice. And even by 2012, when I came up with the idea for Nevermore, I knew it was a good idea. And all the attempts that I had done on the book were ok, but I knew it wasn’t something that I would ever want to charge the one money for. So it took until 2015 before it almost felt like a like, all the gears just suddenly locked into place. And I was like, holy crap, I’ve actually finally figured out what my voices it’s gritty and sarcastic. And usually there’s a lot of dead bodies. And and, I mean, yeah, but it probably took 12 years of just daily practice. Before I got to that point that I was willing to submit a book to a publishing house.

Brad Shreve 27:21
And the fact that you’ve got the idea for the story in 2012. It took you three to four years to get that first novel, where you were happy with it, which becomes much quicker with time. What scenes have you written that made you shutter

C.S. Poe 27:42
shutter in a bad way?

Brad Shreve 27:44
Yeah, just given the type of novels that you write.

In a bad way. Like you. I can’t believe I wrote that. Like, wow, that was intense.


C.S. Poe 28:02
it’s Snow & Winter three, Sebastian finds the dead body in the dumpster outside of the Emporium, which was pretty gross. Cause he had gone to go close the lid, so that it didn’t stink up the alleyway. And he slipped in and there was blood on the railing. And he slipped on it. And after he saw the body, and then fell off and landed in blood, and then he became part of the crime scene. So that was pretty gross.

Brad Shreve 28:30
Just a type of scene I love too. What would you say was the hardest thing to write out of everything that you’ve written?

C.S. Poe 28:38
Oh, let’s see, uh, definitely would have been one of those heartbreaking emotional moments. I think I got I think it’s probably in the third Snow & Winter book. Again, a lot of like turning points in that series in that in the whole series happened in that book. And that’s the first time that he kind of laid some self totally bear, he has pretty much an emotional breakdown with his father, and just lays out all of his fears and insecurities that he’s been too afraid to tell everybody even his own dad. And that was that was a rough scene to write because it was just so draining I when I finished, I got take a nap now Jesus.

Brad Shreve 29:23
You’ve got a really good relationship with your your readers on Facebook, you’re, you’re very active with them. What what’s the most rewarding thing that you’ve heard from a reader?

C.S. Poe 29:35
The very first message I ever got from a reader was about a week or so after Nevermore came out. And it was from a grandmother. And she said, I just want to let you know I read this book and I loved it. But I wanted to say I really appreciated it because my grandson has achromatopsia and the way that you presented it and made Sebastian the hero really made me as the grandmother, very happy to see him represented. And I thought that was incredible. And actually about a month ago, I got another message from the director and the VP of marketing of a nonprofit organization that funds the research for achromatopsia to ask me why I had written that in into thank me for representing their community within our community. And I just thought that was incredible. So hands down, like the most important moments so far for me as a writer with those messages.

Brad Shreve 30:34
You know, it’s always great to hear writers said love your books, but I’m imagine those would be especially rewarding.

C.S. Poe 30:40
Yeah, especially when you you’re bridging to two communities that can definitely feel, you know, not represented and out of place. And when they they come together in a single in a single moment where they say thank you for wrapping me and I see you and you see me it’s it’s pretty cool. No.

Brad Shreve 30:58
Have you ever been faced with it’s a choice of whether to write what you want? Or to make it marketable?

C.S. Poe 31:06
No, I don’t think so. Because I think what I write is, by its default, pretty marketable. And I say that though because because I went to film school I have a BFA in, in film production, and art school, film school has this very unique situation. There are two types of film students. There are the indie kids who feel that you sell out if you do anything to make money, which is interesting because I like to eat and food costs money. And then there are the quote, hollywood kids who liked to make you know the quote, unquote, blow up action adventure movies. And for some reason that was always looked down upon I was one of the Hollywood kids not because it was a sellout or to make money, but because those were kind of movies I liked. I liked the car chases and the gunfight. You know, the action adventure hero saving the day, like Die Hard, one of the best movies ever. But um, I feel like I kind of use that same style. When I write, it’s dramatic. It’s a bit over the top. It’s a little silly sometimes. And it has a market. So I don’t think I’ve really been put in a situation where I had to kind of pick what I really wanted to write versus what I wanted to make money on. Maybe I will in the future. But just coming from that film background, that was always something that I dealt with, were you Indian hit, or were you Hollywood?

Brad Shreve 32:36
Well, it sounds like you definitely write what you would enjoy reading. And I think if you do that, then you kind of don’t fall into that situation of well,

C.S. Poe 32:46
you already love it. And if you can talk about what you’ve written with that joy and that love being a parent, people are naturally drawn to it, they want to find out why you’re so excited about it.

Brad Shreve 33:00
Writing such a short time, but you’ve had incredible success for aspiring writers out there. What would you say are some common traps?

C.S. Poe 33:10
Hmm, common traps not practicing enough. Just because you get one book done doesn’t mean that you don’t need to practice anymore. I mean, I still practice every day. You don’t have to write good words every single day. I know some people are really good at it. But that doesn’t mean that everyone has to be good at it. You know, I didn’t I think I wrote four words today. It happens tomorrow, I might write only 500. The next day, I might not write anything. I mean, it comes it sometimes you just have to deal with it coming and going like that. And I would say don’t fall into the trap of someone else’s abilities. You know, they’ve worked long and hard to figure out what works for them. If they are really good at consistently writing 1500 words a day, every single day. That’s great for them. But if it’s not working for you don’t think you’re a failure. practice every day and figure out what routine works for you. Don’t judge yourself based on someone else. Because that was something that I felt I was doing wrong in the beginning was this is very slow writer. Again, like 500 words a day, it’s not a lot and it takes a while to finish a novel at that speed. But it ended up that’s my speed. I can’t I can’t rush it because I go back and delete all those words the next day. So you just have to be accepting of what your own abilities are.

Brad Shreve 34:40
Good advice. I tend to be a slow writer as well. And I also dread that a reader will someday find my first drafts are locking key right?

Definitely but it in the safe.

Give me your your 30 second spiel on this buck. On the Mystery of the Bones.

C.S. Poe 35:04
it is Christmas time once again. It’s been a full year since Sebastian and Calvin have met. They survived many murders many mysteries many attempts at killing Sebastian for being too curious for his own good. He is done with solving mysteries until another one is landed on his doorstep and despite refusing this individual has escalated to the point of danger that involves Calvin. And now Sebastian is going to be forced to solve a mystery

Brad Shreve 35:37
was what if the readers want to reach you or buy your books? What’s the best way to do so

C.S. Poe 35:43
they can reach me across all social media pretty much I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. You find me on Goodreads above my website cspoe.com. And in my books are available at all third party vendors. So that’s Amazon Barnes and Noble Google Play iBooks Kobo, you find me pretty much anywhere.

Brad Shreve 36:07
So you’re easy to find.

C.S. Poe 36:09
I am very easy to find

Brad Shreve 36:11
any the social media ones that are best to try and get ahold of you.

C.S. Poe 36:16
Facebook is probably one the most that probably has the most traction. And Twitter I’m pretty easy, but I don’t go on as much just because it can be a little volatile sometimes.

Brad Shreve 36:27
Yes, I have promised myself this week. I’m not getting on Twitter. Yeah, no way. This week, I’m doing so

C.S. Poe 36:35
I feel Yeah.

Brad Shreve 36:37
I have something here that didn’t tell you about was every guest. I asked a question that authors hate. So we’re going to spin the wheel here and see what we come up with.

C.S. Poe 36:53

Brad Shreve 37:00
Okay, here’s what we’ve got. What do you plan to do when you’re done with this whole writing thing?

C.S. Poe 37:09
Probably be dead, because that will be when I stopped. Oh, that’s already. That’s already one of those questions. Oh, yeah, I’ll be dead.

Brad Shreve 37:20
That’s good to hear. Because it’s great that you purchase your book here. I enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed them. I’ve read the first book in the fourth book. I skipped two and three.

C.S. Poe 37:31
But at least you got it. You got a basic understanding of what’s going on?

Brad Shreve 37:35
Oh, definitely. They’re, they’re fun read. Thank you. I definitely want to thank you for your time, and appreciate you being on the show.

C.S. Poe 37:45
Yes. Thank you for having me.

Brad Shreve 37:47
I hope to have you back soon. And then your next book or when the future books comes out?

C.S. Poe 37:52
Oh, yeah. Yeah, for sure. I have many more mysteries coming out in 2020. Apparently, I have to write them first. But you they’re supposed to come out in 2020.

Brad Shreve 38:03
How do you have many books coming out in 2020 when you’re writing 500 words a day

C.S. Poe 38:07
They’re on the production schedule with due date. So I assume they’re coming out.

Brad Shreve 38:12
Okay, when we got to make it happen one way or another.

C.S. Poe 38:18
I also don’t write very long novels that helps there about 60,000 words.

I think that’s not abnormal for a mystery


Brad Shreve 38:30
Alright, well, thank you again for being on the

C.S. Poe 38:32
show. Yes, absolutely.

Brad Shreve 38:34
And hope to see you next year when the other books come out. Thank you.

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