Daring law firm investigator, Alice White, enters the glamorous world of high society in 1950s New York City to take on a gang of confidence artists whose vicious leader has recruited an innocent young man and framed him for a brutal murder to insure his loyalty. Can she beat the boss at his own game, con him out of a fortune, free the youth, and hang the leader in his own frame, without getting herself, the young man, or his girlfriend killed?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Marc Hirsch whose book The Con Case thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love thrillers but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Marc, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Marc will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Marc Hirsch!
Marc Hirsch was born in New York City in July 1945 and raised in the Bronx. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1969, retired from medical practice in 2011 and lives in Kentucky with his wife, Millie.
He has just published his 3rd in a series of noir detective fiction, set in NYC in the 1950’s, featuring a female investigator, Alice White. Look for The Case (Book #1 published in 2018 in its 3rd edition), Hard Case (Book #2 published in 2018 in its 3rd edition), and The Con Case (Book #3 published in 2018) all on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
Now, how wonderful does Marc sound?! Marc is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Marc’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Marc, I hope that you enjoy Marc’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
The Con Case is the 3rd in a series of books following law firm investigator, Alice White, in 1950s New York City, at which time and place I grew up. Her character is based loosely on my older sister from a sketch I wrote for a writing seminar. I had compiled multiple vignettes of my life and was upset with the poor quality of the writing. I went in search of a mentor who I found in the person of a screenwriter conducting a workshop which required a sample of my fiction to attend. He liked my style and agreed to work with me. Miss Alice White is a divorced woman in her 30s who is let go from her position as a shopgirl at a department store to make room for a GI returning from service in WWII. She gets a job as a secretary at a low end law firm in a seedy section of Manhattan to which she commutes by subway from the Bronx. Soon she’s promoted to investigator and inspired to attend NYU Law School, from which, at the time of The Con Case, she is about to graduate. In the Con Case she puts her nosy and aggressive talents to use interfering with a gang of high society con artists to free a callow youth they have recruited and framed for a brutal murder.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
I would encourage aspiring writers to establish a specific daily writing time and just write. It can be stories, autobiography, or pages of gibberish, but every day, without necessarily any particular subject or goal at first.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
I think patience is very important. It is a landmark to complete even the often horribly written first draft of a story or book. It must be re-written over and over to straighten out the prose, the story details, the dialogue, the descriptions of people and places, the development of tension, character arc, demonstration by action and interaction vs. description of the character of people in the story.
What is your writing process like?
Once I decide on a crude beginning, something to start with, I write every day for a fixed amount of time. Maybe only 1 hour, 2 max. I personally let my characters and situations dictate what to write next. I go by what I’m interested to know about next. I’d like to see a certain kind of action, funny, frightening, violent, romantic. I wonder what would be interesting and fun for me to see happen. Later I’ll work out what is believable, how real people talk as opposed to the words I initially put in their mouths which sometimes make me laugh in disbelief.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Research can be very fun. For The Con Case I spent time watching a retired jockey friend run a jockey room at the local race track. The scene just laid itself out in front of my eyes mixed with cute details from my experience. I got a woman lawyer to take me through Alice White’s subjects and considerations in her last year of law school. The lawyer brought her 8 year old daughter who I talked to more than her mother about what it’s like to write a book. I have a Kentucky State Police detective who has helped me with law enforcement suggestions. I have a new FBI friend who is considering helping me with the next book. My local newspaper has given me a tour of their operation and reminded me that in the 1950s there was lots of cigarettes smoke in the newsroom and no computers, old fashioned typewriters. I use the web to research guns, cars, famous places and their history. If I plan on referring to Bonnie and Clyde like I did in my 2nd book, Hard Case, I read up on their history like I did.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
When I’m writing a book I write the same time every day, 5am to 6 or 7, all 7 days of the week. I try not to write myself out of ideas. I want to stop each day with the appetite to write more, but restrain myself. I got that from a compilation of letters and excerpts of documents and books written by Ernest Hemingway.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I am constantly reading 1 or 2 books, usually a work of detective fiction or thriller AND one non-ficition. In fiction writing I have loved Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe), Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade, Nick & Nora Charles), Earl der Biggers (Charlie Chan), Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch, Mick Haller aka the Lincoln Lawyer), Lee Child (Jack Reacher), Daniel Silva (Gabriel Allon), Martin Cruz Smith (Arkady Renko), to name a few. In non-fiction I am currently preoccupied with Jason Fung, MD’s writings and podcasts about the low carbohydrate, high fat and intermittent or longer term fasting approach to improving diabetes and obesity care, since I am a doctor who spent his career advising just the opposite.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
The Con Case by me, Marc Hirsch, is a stand alone novel, but, if it wets your appetite for more of my writing, try reading the first 2 books in the Alice White series, both in their 3rd editions, The Case and Hard Case, in paperback & Kindle at Amazon.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Marc! If you have liked what you have read about Marc and are interested in learning more about Marc and reading Marc’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,