Marshall Thornton

Marshall Thornton writes two popular mystery series, the  Boystown Mysteries and the Pinx Video Mysteries. He has won the Lambda Award for Gay Mystery three times. His romantic comedy, Femme was also a 2016 Lambda finalist for Best Gay Romance. Other books include My Favorite UncleThe Ghost Slept Over and Masc, the sequel to Femme. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

The Boystown Mysteries

The Lambda Award-winning Boystown Mysteries detail the cases of former police officer-turned-private investigator Nick Nowak. Set in Chicago and covering the period between 1981 and 1984, the ten books follow Nick as he struggles with memories of his abrupt departure from the CPD and the end of his long-term relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. He moves through a series of casual tricks until he meets homicide detective Bert Harker with whom he begins a tentative relationship.

As cynical and difficult as the city he calls home, Nick doggedly pursues his cases and often solves them out of sheer stubbornness. He relies on help from a charming cast of characters, who provide clues and comfort in equal measure. Beyond the mobsters and murderers, Nick encounters a larger villain looming on the horizon. A villain who begins striking down Nick’s friends and lovers, bringing the freewheeling fun of the early eighties to an end.

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Brad Shreve 0:00
Today Marshall Thornton tells us what to expect after his Boystown series ends. And Justene talks to us about a guy named Popper Jack.

Announcer 0:12
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 0:37
Our guest today is Marshall Thornton, but first Justene, I believe you have a book to recommend

Justene 0:42
I do. I have Murder at the Paisley Parrot, a Marshall James novel by Mark McNeese.

Brad Shreve 0:49
I want to say one thing about Mark McNeese. When I was reading and just learning about genre fiction gay genre, crime fiction, Mark McNeese’s is one of the very first books I read, and I was like, wow, yeah, gay mystery. This is kind of weird. I like this. So, I had to jump in and say that,

Justene 1:09
Okay, let me just say it’s a Marshall James novel. And in the prologue, it sounds like it’s the first of a series. I sent off a, a missive to Mark asking him whether there were going to be more and more Marshall James books. I will let you know what his responses next week on the show.

Brad Shreve 1:28
I’ll hold you to that.

Justene 1:29
Yeah. So this one, the main character, Marshall James is in his 50s at the beginning and just surviving lung cancer. And he decided to write down the murders that he has been involved in over the years. And this one was in 1983, which, you know, we published I’m part of Requeered Tales and we publish a lot of books from 1983 so I’m very familiar with that era. And I gotta say having the character now look back and write about 1983 was a slightly different twist. Be that as it may, the book stands and falls on the mystery, and this book stands on the mystery. It talks about this young man who comes out here from – out here being Hollywood, near where you and I both live. comes out to Hollywood from Elkhart, Indiana, starts working in a gay bar. Then he finds a body in the dumpster behind the gay bar, and is the first of several murders of gay men in the city as a serial killer that the newspapers dub Popper Jack, because all the victims are left with a bottle of poppers.

Brad Shreve 2:51
What’s your rating?

Justene 2:53
Well, the rating…

Brad Shreve 2:54
Am I jumping ahead?

Justene 2:56
you’re jumping ahead. Well, you’re not only jumping ahead a little

Brad Shreve 2:59
Okay, let me back off.

Justene 3:00
Let’s back off. And I’ll just say, he leaves a lot of clues. The person that looks obvious, is an obvious and then becomes obvious and isn’t obvious. And by the end, the solution makes a lot of sense. It’s very satisfying. There’s a little bit of a twist and a turn. And it’s got that exciting denouement where he runs into the killer.

Brad Shreve 3:26
So and then the rating is

Justene 3:28
The rating is a glowing recommendation. It’s better written than a lot of mysteries. And you know, since it’s introduced you to the genre, it gets a glowing recommendation.

Brad Shreve 3:40
It sounds like a great book. I actually it wasn’t, it was Murder at Pride Lodge, which I believe is the name of the book that I was more familiar with. But definitely gonna jump into this one and I want to find out if it is the first of a series

Justene 3:53
Yeah, murder at Pride Lodge is he Kyle Callahan book and that is a I think it’s a five book series. Which I read all of when they came out. But he’s written a lot of other series and I’m hoping that this is the start of a new one.

Brad Shreve 4:08
You have some news from us regarding your sleep habits these days.

Justene 4:13
I gotta say I got a Buffy last week, and I am loving it. I sleep so well. The temperature doesn’t change. And I think that was a lot of the reason I woke up in the night is we too hot too cold. And the Buffy the Comforter solves that. So I can’t recommend Buffy highly enough.

Brad Shreve 4:34
I was gonna ask because you last week it was you had just started trying it and you really loved it. So no changes in mind here.

Justene 4:42
No changes in mind. And I really like the fact that it’s made from Eucalyptus, which is far more eco friendly than cotton. It’s got recyclable materials and the filling. There are several companies out there making clothing and bedding items out of recycled materials and I have I have found them all with a very high quality. And I like compensating for the number of water bottles I use.

Brad Shreve 5:07
And what can folks do if they want one

Justene 5:09
they can go to the link in our show notes on our website.

Brad Shreve 5:13
Yep. So just go to and you’ll see it in our show notes. So at the bottom of the page, you’ll find it there as well. So now that we’ve had two weeks of Justene, giving high recommendations to the Buffy I’m going to break down and buy one.

Justene 5:31
That’s right.

Brad Shreve 5:32
I looking forward to it. It’s a no brainer at this point. Yeah. So another thing is Justene happens to be one of the partners of Requeered Tales. Do you want to give a quick Reader’s Digest version of what Requeered Tales is?

Justene 5:47
Requeered Tales is bringing back classic gay fiction one novel at a time. What we do is we find our print books between Stonewall and the 20th century by some of the best writers of the time and we bring them back as ebooks. And we have about a dozen ebooks out now. And some of them are already out in quality trade paperback. We have four out in paperback. So our paperbacks are The Family of Max Desir by Robert Ferro. Onyx by Felice Picano, Steam by Jay B Laws. And Let’s Get Criminal by Lev Raphael.

Brad Shreve 6:26
You’ve been doing mainly ebooks up till now. So I’m sure a lot of people are happy to see that you currently have print books.

Justene 6:33
Yeah, we’re looking forward to bringing more print books out. Well, I wish you well. Thank you very much. So you’re on with your interview and we’ll see you next week.

Announcer 6:47
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Brad Shreve 7:05
Our guest today is Marshall Thornton. Marshall rights to popular mystery series, The Boys Town mysteries, and the pink video mysteries. He’s won the lambda award for game mystery three times. His romantic comedy femme was also a 2016 lambda finalist for best gay romance. other books include my favorite uncle, the ghost slept over and mask the sequel to stem. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America. And welcome Marshall. How are things in the nice cold Midwest?

Marshall Thornton 7:39
Well, chilly, snowy,

Brad Shreve 7:42
chilly and snowy? Well it’s 75 here in LA so I hate to rub people’s nose in it, but that’s why I live here.

Marshall Thornton 7:48
Well, that’s okay. I had 30 years of it. So it’s, it’s fine.

Brad Shreve 7:53
We may get to that. Why would you choose to go up that way but we’ll get it. We’ll see if we have time to get to that part. Okay, before we Get Started. You have something going on this month.

Marshall Thornton 8:03
It’s the 10th anniversary of the boys john series. I began writing it in November of 2009. And to celebrate that, I put all of the 12 books on sale for 3.99 each for the entire month, the ebooks, hopefully people will want to buy them.

Brad Shreve 8:23
Well, your Boystown series has been immensely popular and highly critically acclaimed over the years. And as I just said, rightfully so, your protagonist in the series is Nick Novak. Okay. Tell us about Nick.

Marshall Thornton 8:37
Well, when the series begins in 1981, Nick is about 32. Yeah, he’s a former CPD officer who left the force under certain circumstances which I go into the first book. He’s become a private investigator. He works in Boystown

Brad Shreve 8:59
without giving too much away. I know it’s been 10 years since you began next series. In his time, only about a few years have passed, I believe.

Marshall Thornton 9:09
Four years

Brad Shreve 9:10
four years. without giving too much way, obviously, which is difficult with mystery novel. How has Nick changed over the years?

Marshall Thornton 9:20
Well, writing a character over such a long period of time has been very interesting. And I’ve certainly looked at what other people have done. One of the things that I’ve really kept in mind is that I don’t want him making the same mistakes. He really is someone who learns from his mistakes and, and grows and changes. And so he’s different now than he was when he began. In addition to having to deal with all of these cases, you know, it’s also the early 80s. You know, AIDS starts off the series in the background and becomes more and more important Is the books go by, and time passes and, and that of course had a tremendous impact on everyone during that period. And so that changes him as well as constantly being confronted by, you know, bits of violence. So he’s he’s constantly learning to find new ways to deal with his own issues. So I think he’s become a better person.

Brad Shreve 10:27
We don’t always

Marshall Thornton 10:30
know my experience of people is that good people get better and bad people get worse over time.

Brad Shreve 10:39
There may be some truth to that. I know you went lived in Chicago for a number of years. Did you live in the Boystown area?

Marshall Thornton 10:48
For some of it, yes, I lived. I moved a lot. When I lived in Chicago. I was there from 1982 to the end of 1986. And I live in Edgewater, which I do mention a lot and I lived in Boystown on Buckingham, which is a block from where Nick’s first apartment is, although his first apartment is actually the apartment I lived in. A lot of the apartments are places I lived or visited. So I lived in that area a couple times I live directly they’ll live down Marine Drive. So I got around a little bit and I mean, one of the slight kind of a cheat Boystown than really wasn’t called Boystown. I think the first time I heard that term was about maybe 83 or 84. Mostly people called it New Town. And when they called it Boystown, it was kind of derisive.

Brad Shreve 11:49
Well, and I’m guessing for those that don’t know, Boystown in Chicago is somewhat the equivalent of the Castro in San Francisco. It’s a large predominant gay district

Marshall Thornton 12:01
very much so yes. And yeah, I mean a little bigger actually, the whole area was very, and the 80s was very gay, lots of gay bars, lots of gay businesses, little boutiques, things like that everywhere.

Brad Shreve 12:18
is there a reason you chose boystown and specifically the middle of the AIDS crisis for the storyline?

Marshall Thornton 12:24
Well, you know, they say you’re supposed to write what you know. And the way that I’ve interpreted that, as I write some of what I know. For instance, I actually never was a private detective or a Chicago police officer, simply writing about the 80s and the neighborhoods that I lived in, you know, those two elements ground me and allow me to get a better feeling of truth and veracity. And the fact that I’m dealing with gay relationships as I remember them, and what people had to say about AIDS and things like that. The sticking with a lot of what I know, really helped me. And I do find that that’s one of the things that people appreciate about series is they remember similar things.

Brad Shreve 13:15
Yeah, I like the saying write what you know, because for beginning writer, it’s very true. But if you stick with that, you eventually run out of things to write about.

Marshall Thornton 13:25
Yes, if you take it too literally, it can be confining. So it really should be a mix. And certainly, you know, I know the genre. Well, I have been a mystery fan for a long time. So that helps. So then, you know, I also, you know, there came a point in my life. Another cliche, which is important is you know, life is about who you know. And I realized that you can change but you know, and you can change who you know. It’s like you don’t have to be stuck with what you have.

Brad Shreve 14:00
Wise words from Marshall Thornton.

Marshall Thornton 14:05
Yes, I’m going for Yoda.

Brad Shreve 14:10
Well, I gotta tell you one thing I like about Nick is gonna sound funny. So you have to hear me out is Nick enjoys sex. He’s non monogamous at times, sometimes anonymous sex, he even has a regular fuck-buddy. At least one that I know of. And what I like about this is it’s gritty and it’s real. Your story takes place in the early 80s. It was a fact of life then and for many still now. And that being said, Would you start off the series differently today? Do you think it would be successful?

Marshall Thornton 14:44
Well, I have moved away from so much sex and most of my books. And even when I do write sex, it’s I’m writing it differently these days. Mainly, you know, based on reactions I got I mean, I originally when I started this series, I had a perception of what was going on in the genre at the time that Oh, you just had sex to these stories and people will love it. And that’s not entirely what happened then and it’s still not entirely what’s happening. So, I have really shifted and I think what was really fortuitous for me and where I lucked out, as in writing about the period between 81 and 85. That is a period where people at the beginning were having a lot of sex and then by 85, they’re cooling it. And as you go through the series, the first several books have a lot of sexs and then it then it becomes less and less over time. And the one on that the final book that I’m writing right now, there is not a sex scene at all, you know, so and I think it works appropriately for the period. And certainly, at different times in the series. Sex means different things to him so and that’s part of a wider tapering off and not not in a partially, you know, because there were concerns about your own health, but also what does it mean to this particular individual?

Brad Shreve 16:12
Yeah, my experience was similar to yours. When I first started writing, I thought there had to be the sex there, if I was going to sell a book period and, and I was glad when I learned that that isn’t necessarily true. I don’t have to have a sex scene at the beginning of every chapter to keep keep people interested.

Marshall Thornton 16:30
Yeah, you know, I’ve always had mixed feelings about it, too. It’s like, part of me is like, Well, you know, if you’re writing a queer book, maybe there should be sex because that’s what makes us different. So you shouldn’t really shy away from it at all, but and also, you know, they’re just stories, our lives go beyond the bedroom door. So why shouldn’t the story but at the same time, feeling under under requirement to have sex that’s problematic as well, so I gotta go back and forth and and i really trying to only write sex scenes when they’re absolutely necessary

Brad Shreve 17:11
because it’s hard to keep up with keeping them fresh. How do you how do you describe the same act over and over again?

Unknown Speaker 17:17
Yes, that’s that’s another thing I’ve learned about sex which is really funny. In real life, if you do something over and over again because it works. That’s a great sex life. But in a book you can’t do the same thing over and over again because it gets dull.

Brad Shreve 17:36
Plus, just even I read a book recently that made me laugh. I would certainly wont you about the name but they referred to “tickling his his twig and berries.” I was actually done with the book at that moment. But if some people try to be creative and come up with something new and fresh, and it’s doesn’t always work.

Unknown Speaker 18:01
Yeah. Now I actually, you know, the Boys Town books, I made a rule early on, you know, he says, cock, prick and dick and that’s about it. Try to vary them. But you know, he really doesn’t ever use I don’t think he ever uses another term. I mean, it didn’t seem appropriate to the character. Right. And, you know, those those terms always make me laugh. You know, it’s like in the Perils of Praline when I use a lot of those terms, because I think they’re funny. There I use Thunder stick because that’s a that’s a favorite of mine.

Brad Shreve 18:35
Oh, that’s great. Continuing with the sex, that aspect, I understand you got in a little hot water with some of your readers regarding safe sex, or the lack thereof.

Marshall Thornton 18:51
Well, younger people I think are confused. I did do a lot of research and condom thing really did not come in until, gosh, I think it was 84. And it really didn’t, wasn’t widely known until 85 and 86, you know that people really started to do it. So, what I did to get it in the book as soon as possible, and was I had one of the characters, you know, who’s very involved with Howard Brown, which was the big place in Chicago, go to New York and actually find out about safe sex because it began with a pamphlet at the end of 1983 that was being passed around. And so you know, there is a scene at the end of boystown six, where Nick has handed a condom for the first time and that a little early, but it was close enough, but a lot of people didn’t really understand that, you know, safe sex hasn’t always been around. And I know that there are writers out there who are putting condoms in books written about the 20s 30s. And it’s like, no, yeah, I didn’t guys really didn’t use condoms.

Brad Shreve 20:10
Well, and you know, that was one of the complaints I remember hearing, but those that complained about Brokeback Mountain that the two men didn’t use condoms and I’m like,

Marshall Thornton 20:20
The 60s? I started having sex in the 70s. And believe me, no one used them.

Brad Shreve 20:34
So your your current book that you have of the boystown series of which third 12 they’re all on sale this month for 3.99 each. Is that correct? Yes. Okay, we got to get to book number 13 a lot of people are brokenhearted. Because what I’m hearing is that number 13 is going to be the last of the boystown series.

Marshall Thornton 20:54
Yes, yes.

Brad Shreve 20:55
What made you come to that decision?

Marshall Thornton 20:58
You know, it just seemed like it was getting to be time. You know, once again, you know, in developing the character, I don’t want to repeat too much what I’ve been doing so it just felt like things were. When I left Chicago in 86, I felt like I’d done the city. And I think that that’s part of what’s going on for the series is Yeah, he’s kind of done the city, and we’ll see what happens.

Brad Shreve 21:29
Of course, you can’t give details but can we expect any surprises?

Marshall Thornton 21:35
I like surprises.

Brad Shreve 21:40
Can we expect a new series after your final Boystown novel?

Marshall Thornton 21:44
Yes, actually, I have two series that I’m planning. I’m planning to launch a new series in the spring, which is set up here in Northern Michigan in a mythical county and the first kook in that series is going to be called The Less Than Spectacular Times of Henry Melch. And then I’m planning another series that I’ve started noodling with possibly later next year, possibly in 2021, which will be set in Long Beach in the 90s. Just as DNA is becoming available and have to do with innocence cases, you know, kind of some project type stuff.

Brad Shreve 22:35
So you live in Michigan, and I know at one time you lived in Long Beach, so you like to stick with, as you said, what you know?

Marshall Thornton 22:43
Yes, it’s really I mean, actually writing the book, I written the first book in the Henry Melch series, and it’s the first time I’ve actually been in a place that I’m writing about because, you know, the Pinx Books are set in Silverlake during the period when I lived in Silverlake. So you know, but I wrote them up here. So I don’t usually write about where I am. So it’s like the other series is it…that’s a new thing.

Brad Shreve 23:12
Are you going to continue with the Pinx Video series?

Marshall Thornton 23:15
Oh, absolutely.

Brad Shreve 23:16
Oh, good news. They’ve been highly acclaimed.

Marshall Thornton 23:20
Yes, they’ve been really fun and people really seem to enjoy them. And I have three more in my head right now and I have no idea how long that series will go.

Brad Shreve 23:30
You’ve written quite a few standalones and then series as well. Do you have a preference and if so why?

Marshall Thornton 23:38
Oh, golly. I like series, because – this is gonna sound so lazy. They’re they’re easy in the sense that you know so much about your character by the time you finish the first book. dandelions can be more challenging, because you don’t know as much They have to feel like a complete experience was I mean a series you can set it up so that and you kind of do want to set it up so that there’s questions to be answered later on. You know, if you answer all the questions in a series, then why are you writing series? So, do I have a preference? I don’t know, I guess probably series series.

Brad Shreve 24:26
I took a look at your Goodreads profile, and you listed Sue Grafton as one of your influences and she’s actually on mine as well. You also listed Joseph Hansen, who is a gay writer or was a gay writer. Okay. And you mentioned to me before in the past about Dashiell Hammett, right. What other influences in your writing Have there been? What, specifically more gay writers have had an influence on you?

Marshall Thornton 24:55
Well, I think everyone’s also influenced by Michael Nava I mean, his books were wonderful. I read all of those. And I have to I have to do a Segway here. It’s in some respects. For me. It’s a little surreal. Being on Facebook today, Michael Nava liked one of my posts, I posted a picture about a dresser that I’m refinishing and then Michael Michael liked it. And I was like, This is bizarre. I mean, if I told me in the 90s when I was reading those books that you know, that I would actually have interactions like that was him, I probably would have gone Oh my God, I kind of go that now.

Brad Shreve 25:44
Even writers can go gaga over other writers.

Marshall Thornton 25:46
Yeah, yeah. So and actually, you know, speaking of Michael Nava. I also like Katherine Forrest, and if you’re not familiar with her, you should really read her books. My understanding is that they were good friends and influence each other. And you can you can really see that in their work.

Brad Shreve 26:06
I’m writing her down right now.

Marshall Thornton 26:08
Yeah, she writes really tight. procedurals, which are quite good.

Brad Shreve 26:14
Katherine Forrest. You started as a script writer, as I understand, correct?

Marshall Thornton 26:23
Well, actually, I started when I was a teenager as a playwright. My, my first real skill was dialogue. And, you know, over the years, I was sort of a theater person for about 10 years, and I started a small theater in Chicago with a bunch of other struggling theatre people. And I did that for about a decade and, and then that sort of fell apart. And I went back and got a Bachelor’s in creative writing. And at that point, I wrote Well, I was an undergrad, I wrote a ghastly novel that’s in a drawer and will stay there. That didn’t really go anywhere, of course. So then I went to film school and started writing scripts. And I wrote scripts for about 10 years and had nibbles here and there once some contests and got some attention. But the problem there was that not so much somebody wasn’t making money. It was the film script is actually never finished until it’s a movie. So, you know, I have this drawer full of basically unfinished projects. And that aspect of it got, got kind of frustrating. And I was like, well, I want to go I went back to fiction because I actually wanted to finish things. Now, certainly in the last 10 years, I’ve run two things. I’m never quite as finished as they should. Because you know, you have to then you do audio books, and then you start looking at them and people tell you Oh, you missed something here. There’s a typo there. And part of me and I probably will do this at some point is when I finished the boys 10 bucks, I will probably eventually take a few months and actually re edit them and make them perfect.

Brad Shreve 28:11
Perfect. So when you decided to become an author, how did you come to the decision to write gay mysteries?

Marshall Thornton 28:24
Well, I was looking around for what the opportunities were out there. And I found a submission call for gay Christmas erotica, which was an entirely new concept to me. Although I later learned that it was not a particularly new concept in 2008. But when I heard about it, I was like, Okay, well, I think I have to give that a try. And so I wrote my first story and got it published with a small publisher who no longer exists. And that was interesting, because, you know, I got a check. And actually, you know, it was, I had published short stories before, and you’d get, you know, 50 bucks. And that was, that’s all you’d ever got. And so I think my first check was like, $125. And I was like, Oh, this is good. I should do this more often. And that’s when I started thinking about what I wanted to do. And I thought, well, maybe I could write a mystery series and, and I wrote the first Boystown. And then I quickly wrote a second one. And I was originally envisioned it as a series of short stories, but I went to the same publisher and said, You know, this is what I’ve got. And they said, Okay, well, we’ll publish it. It’s going to take you know, 12 months and I was like, Why think I take so long and they had a glut of short stories. So they suggested that I put three together in a volume and so that’s how Boys Town three Nick Nowak mysteries became a book.

Brad Shreve 30:06
And the rest is history. It seemed like it worked out pretty well in the long run

Marshall Thornton 30:09
it did, I mean, certainly, you know, it’s changed over time the stories became novels with Boystown Four and have stayed that way. And I turned to publishers and then I started doing them on my own. You know, it’s been an interesting journey, that’s for sure.

Brad Shreve 30:27
Well, I’m going to throw a curveball here at you. Who is do you think is your favorite but underappreciated author, or underappreciated novel?

Marshall Thornton 30:38
Oh my god.

I think more people should read Joe Keenan. He wrote three fabulous books. The first one is Blue Heaven and then Putting on the Ritz and I think there’s a third one. Yeah, there’s the third one in that series. They’re hysterically funny. He went on to write Frazier you know. And he’s now got a cabaret act about Trump in New York. But his books his books are are fabulous. The first one who haven’t illustrates something that’s very interesting. You know, one of the ways to get strong ideas is to think about what people say, you know, common things that people say my ex used to always say, Oh, I want to get married for the gifts. You wanted to marry a girl for the gifts. And that is actually the plot of Blue Heaven. It’s this guy, this gay guy marries this girl. They get married for the gifts because they’re living in New York and they’re broke. And that goes downhill from there.

Brad Shreve 31:55
I’m similar to you when it comes to reading with this podcast, and I’m reading a lot More than I used to, but I do find after writing all day to sit down and read a book is quite a strain on the eyes and, and a little bit difficult. But that being said, Who are you reading now or who was your most recent?

Marshall Thornton 32:15
I just read Michael Connelly’s latest

The Night Fire. He is also one of my favorite writers. I love his Harry Bosch series actually like most of his series, I love the Lincoln Lawyer. He writes really well. And he writes interestingly, he writes the one of the fun things about the Bosch series for me, is I always think their first person but he’s a third person writer. I have to go back and look at them in a second and make sure because he writes, he writes deep third, so well that you forgot that. It’s not first person. That’s a good side. Yes.

Brad Shreve 32:58
Let’s talk about the Pinx Video Mysteries that’s a series as of now, it has a much different tone than Boystown, much different tone. How has your writing changed over the years?

Marshall Thornton 33:14
Um, oh gosh, I don’t know

what you know, what comes to mind is not exactly the answer your question. When I when I set out to write a new series, I pose the question to myself, well, what if it’s just simply opposite of Boystown? And so it’s an amateur rather than a professional. It’s much more of a cozy rather than gritty. The humor is much more deliberate and external, rather than Nick’s, you know, Nick is has a sense of humor, but that’s really where most of the only real comedy comes from what he’s thinking and it kind of just evolved from there. You know, I wanted to make sure that Noah seemed like someone completely different.

Brad Shreve 34:12
I can tell you from my perspective, I liked Noah quite a bit and I do like the humor that you have in that series. So again, I’m speaking with Marshall Thornton and he has a special running this month on the Boystown series each individual books on sale for only 3.99 which is a great deal for his books. Marshall if they want to buy your book or reach you specifically, what’s the best way to do that?

Marshall Thornton 34:39
Well, I have a Facebook fan group. And if people join that I will give them an audio book for free. I also have a website, where you can send me notes if you have something you want to say. I’m pretty open on Facebook people contact me on facebook all the time. Well, the audio book is a great deal.

Brad Shreve 35:05
What group do they look for if they want to get in on tha deal?

Marshall Thornton 35:09
Oh, I think it’s, I think it’s Marshall Thornton Author. Yeah, I mean, if you find me you know, I can direct you to it.

Brad Shreve 35:20
I’ll also put it in the show notes.

Marshall Thornton 35:22
Oh, great.

Brad Shreve 35:25
No problem. Well, before I let you go, I also have what I, I used to call questions authors hate. I’m, I’m going to soften that little bit and just say, questions that make authors uncomfortable. So I’m going to spin the wheel and we’ll see what comes up with you. Okay, so hold on.

Okay, here we go. Your easy question. Where do you get your ideas?

Marshall Thornton 35:59
where Where do I get my ideas? Everywhere really. I do sometimes read reviews, sometimes the things that people say actually affect where the books go. Sometimes people will say, Oh, the books are going to go in this direction. That’s really obvious. And that makes me want to say, No, it can’t go that way. And so I will actually make changes there. Interesting. I mean, certainly otherwise, you know, I mean, my ideas come from all the places everybody’s ideas come from you. You see, I mean, sometimes you even see like a movie and you’re like, Oh, no, be so much better if it was x instead of what they’re doing. And then if you start to work with it, you know, pretty soon you’ve got something that’s actually entirely unique.

Brad Shreve 36:52
And that’s what makes that a difficult question is because the answer is usually I don’t know or from so many places, it’s hard to say, you know.

Marshall Thornton 37:04
I mean, I think you know, specific books I know, like, actually, I do remember with Fem occasionally I’ve gotten caught up and internet. No, no such thing, you know, little kerfuffle, here there and I realized that you know, sometimes it’s better to back off and not get involved that way and actually ask yourself if the things that are bothering you are better better off in a book and definitely with some, you know, you see a lot about, you know, No fats or No fems are found on apps and things and a lot lot of people saying nasty and I thought, you know, this is an interesting thing to write a book about. So that’s, you know, where that came from. That whole idea. And that book, you know, like many of my books, I wrote the first chapter and put it away for almost a year and then wrote the rest of it in about six weeks.

Brad Shreve 38:11
And it did well. Lambda liked it.

Marshall Thornton 38:13
Yes, that is a very popular book. I’m very glad I wrote it. Probably. It’s probably my most successful standalone.

Brad Shreve 38:22
I was actually about to get that because it seems to be the one I hear the most about. Yes. Well, Marshall, it has been a pleasure to have you on today. Thank you. Look forward to number 13 of the Boystown series and remind everybody advantage this month of November to take advantage of the specials on books number one through 12.

Marshall Thornton 38:45
Thank you.

Brad Shreve 38:53
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