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A collection of short stories from National Bestselling author Leslie Langtry…
What do the Minotaur, Rasputin, the first man hung for murder in America, and the Countess of Blood all have in common? No, they aren’t related. They all appeared on the Bombay Family’s Hit List! In this collection of Bombay Bedtime Stories, you’ll find out what Bombays did before Gin Bombay came along. From pet Dodo birds of the very first Bombay to Ancient Greece and 20th Century Russia, get the stories Bombay children have been told for thousands of years. Stories that have been shrouded in blood-sworn secrecy…until now!
What critics are saying about the Greatest Hits Mysteries:
“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
“Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
I write the Bombay Family of Assassins Series and am trying something a little different. On July 22, I’m releasing a collection of six short stories of Bombay hits through history. I’ve had a lot of fans ask for some history and I’m a total history nerd – so this was a natural fit for me. Where else can I kill off Rasputin and the Minotaur in the same book?
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
When I was in the 2nd grade – I wrote a short story on a camping trip gone wrong for school. The teacher had me read it for the class. They laughed and I was hooked. Weirdly enough, I waited until I was in my late 30′s before I sat down to write a book. I sold my first book to NYC on my 40th birthday and have been writing ever since.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
I heard this from Nora Roberts at a Romance Writers of America conference: “I can fix a broken page…I can’t fix a blank one.” It’s that motivation that forces me to write every day that I can.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
He HAS to be funny. Smart comes next, followed by responsible (mainly because I’m…um…not). If he looks like George Clooney, that’s a bonus, but Funny comes first.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I have a hobbies problem – mostly because I have way too many of them. It’s some weird addiction. Besides being a voracious reader, I knit and crochet (which means I have an obnoxiously large yarn stash – I guess that qualifies as a collection, I think), I play ukulele (something that relaxes me and keeps me from killing my family), and I love the outdoors – in fact I teach canoeing, zip line, archery and ropes course at the local girl scout camp. There are others, but if I mention them here, my husband will discover them and then he’ll start going through the check book – and I can’t have that.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
I love to travel – but I haven’t done much of that lately. For my kids and husband who are probably reading this, “You, of course, are my greatest adventure!” But in all honesty, it’s probably this self-publishing thing. I’m writing stuff I could never sell to New York because it didn’t fit into a marketing niche. I LOVE doing that! I’m working on a funny (at least I hope it is) absurdist sci-fi serial novel right now and having way too much fun with it.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Hawaii, with my ukuleles, someplace where there’s a beach and loud Hawaiian shirts and cocktails that glow in the dark. It would be great if they had cake too. I really like cake.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I will try almost anything at least once, but when I find something I love at a particular restaurant, that is the only thing I’ll order every time I go there. Not sure what that says about me…
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
My kindle. I have about a thousand books on it and I read for a couple hours every night. I’m a bit rabid about that.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
I think it would involve Hawaii, a beach at night, and an amazing steak dinner. If the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain were playing their rendition of “Shaft,” the night would be complete.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
I don’t know! How about unique, funny, (hopefully smart) and creative. My kids would describe me as ‘weird.’
What is your favorite comfort food?
Macaroni and cheese. With lots and lots and lots of extra sharp cheddar cheese.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
I love autumn. School starts, the weather is great and it’s close to Halloween – it kind of makes me think of new beginnings (even though everything is dying).
What project are you working on next?
The funny, absurdist sci-fi thing, and I’m also working on a Christmas short story about the Bombay Family of Assassins, called, FOUR KILLING BIRDS. I’ll leave it to your imagination what I’m doing as far as ‘killing birds.’ It’s a holiday anthology with my Killer Fiction blog group – each one has a day of the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. I’ll have more information on my website later www.leslielangtry.com
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
Unfortunately, locked in my office writing. You can come and visit though! I will always have a pitcher of sangria we can share on the back deck!
Author of THE BOMBAY FAMILY OF ASSASSINS Series, including ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY
SNUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON: And Other Bombay Bedtime Stories coming July 22!