Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
A retired newspaper editor, J. R. Lindermuth lives and writes in Pennsylvania, in the house where he was raised and which is believed to have been built by a man who rode with Buffalo Bill. He is the author of 15 novels, including seven in his Sticks Hetrick mystery series, and a non-fiction regional history.
Since retiring from the newspaper business, he has served as librarian of his county historical society, assisting people with research and genealogy.
He is the father of two grown children and has four grandsons and three grand-dogs.
Lindermuth is a member of International Thriller Writers and a past vice president of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Shares The Darkness is the seventh in the Hetrick series, though his protegee Officer Flora Vastine is the primary investigator in this book. She insisted on the role. Some people suspect mental problems when you admit your characters speak to you. Only another writer would understand.
The book was partly inspired by a documentary I watched on birding. From there it developed into a setting for murder.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Other than listening to my characters when they chatter at me? I don't think so.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I believe we're influenced to a degree by everything we read and/or experience. I recently did a blog on the subject of author influences: http://jrlindermuth.blogspot.com/
Among those who have definitely influenced me would include Edgar Allan Poe, John Dickson Carr, Robert Louse Stevenson and Jack London.
What are you working on now?
The ninth in the Hetrick series (eighth is done but still needs some revising) and the third in my Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman series (more in the cozy style).
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
It's hard to tell. Many good sites available, but it's difficult to say what will work for a particular writer. I seem to have more rapport with people (and buyers) on Facebook.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read a lot and write a lot.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
As a youth I was torn between writing and painting. I asked artist Thomas Hart Benton what I might do to succeed as an artist. His reply was one word: Paint. I think that's good advice for whatever you want to do. Just do it. You'll learn as you proceed.
What are you reading now?
Just started The Investigation by Korean writer J. M. Lee. Last night finished Decompression by Juli Zeh.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I hope to go on writing as long as possible. I wouldn't object to lots and lots of sales and plenty of reviews, either.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Don Quixote. The first novel and one that will enlighten you more on humanity and teach you more about writing with each re-read.