Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hogdoggin' - Anthony Neil Smith

Bio: Anthony Neil Smith is the author of PSYCHOSOMATIC, THE DRUMMER, YELLOW MEDICINE, HOGDOGGIN', and CHOKE ON YOUR LIES. He directs the creative writing program at Southwest Minnesota State University, where he is an Associate Professor of English. He's also the publisher of the crime/noir e-zine PLOTS WITH GUNS (

Product description: Former Deputy Billy Lafitte is a no-good, grits-for-brains, despicable and dangerous traitor Special Agent Franklin Rome is sure of it. So sure, in fact, that he's willing to investigate outside departmental bounds. Willing to blackmail and bribe his fellow lawmen into helping him. Willing to ferret Lafitte out of whatever snake-hole he's hidden himself in, and do what the too-lax government wouldn't let him do back in Yellow Medicine county, just months ago...

And Rome's plan is working. Squeeze a man's ex-wife, especially an ex-wife as unstable as Ginny Lafitte, and watch her overprotective man appear from thin air to stand by his family. No matter that Rome s had to bend a few rules in order to make it happen; Billy's end will justify Rome's means.

Of course, Rome didn't count on Billy riding in to save the day on a turquoise motorcycle with a beard, fifty extra pounds of muscle, and the weight of a man named Steel God at his back. Nor did he think Billy would go and get himself caught up with paint-huffing, knife-wielding rednecks. And Rome certainly never predicted that a broken-hearted, vengeful woman named Colleen would be just as hot for Lafitte's blood as he is...

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? This time out, Billy Lafitte is on the run, and he doesn't get to tell his own story. We see him from the outside, and we're introduced to a supporting cast who all want to see him either dead or brought to justice. It's an epic story, and you don't even have to have read the first Lafitte novel (Yellow Medicine) to get into it. A real thrill-a-minute sort of ride.

Q: Why did you go indie? This is the last of my backlist to go online, since the print contracts didn't included e-rights. I've been having a blast getting these books out to readers who missed them in print, and it's really jazzed me into writing more originals for the e-book marketplace.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? I've always got a few more to add. Chester Himes, one of the most gonzo of all the noir writers. James Lee Burke, who is a huge influence even though I fight it sometimes. Megan Abbott, just stunning. Can't forget my buddy Victor Gischler, who makes me jealous because his pulp is pulpier than mine.

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