Book Giveaway & Author Interview: This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies by Renee Pawlish

Welcome to Author Renee Pawlish


Renée Pawlish was born in California, but has lived most of her life in Colorado. When she’s not hiking, cycling, or chasing ballplayers for autographs, she is writing mysteries and thrillers. She also has some middle grade novels waiting to be published.
Renée loves to travel and has visited numerous countries around the world. She has also spent many summer days at her parents’ cabin in the hills outside of Boulder, which was the inspiration for the setting of Taylor Crossing in her novel Nephilim: Genesis of Evil.



What is one book everyone should read?
To Kill A Mockingbird – just a great read that has a great message, but it’s such a tender and heartwarming story

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
peanut butter cups

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Elvis Presley – I’m a huge fan and would love to sit and talk music, movies and faith, and everything with him.

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl, I have a hard time shutting down projects and getting to bed. I do my best writing late at night.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s a great page-turner that will keep you guessing until the end.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Too many to name, more in the Reed Ferguson mystery series, the second and third in the Nephilim series, some kids stories sitting on the shelve

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Hearing how much people like what I have written, that’s just a kick.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
The Hardy Boys – can’t choose a favorite, I loved them all and read them multiple times.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read books on the craft of writing. Don’t just assume that because you wrote it, it must be good. It takes time to learn to write well.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
right now it would be Italy but it changes as I get inspired to visit more places.

How did you know you should become an author?
I just had too many stories running around in my head to not start writing them.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Dennis Lehane, Mary Willis Walker. I like early Stephen King works, but that goes for a lot of authors – the series starts out great but the more books that are written with the same character, I think the books get stale.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
parts of me are in most of my main characters, but I won’t tell you what.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
don’t give up

How do you react to a bad review?
It doesn’t bother me too much (I’ve only had a few thankfully). My only comment is that sometimes the reviewers forget that it is hard work to write something, and we’re not trying to put out a bad product.

Favorite places to travel?
anywhere, I love visting new places

This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies:

This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is a rollicking ride. Witty, intrepid Reed Ferguson, a wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction, needs a paying client to prove his career choice to himself and his parents. The customer shows up at his downtown Denver office in the form of Amanda Ghering, a rich, attractive, but unhappily married woman. She hires Reed to find her missing husband, but it doesn’t take long before Reed realizes that all is not as it seems. The superb cast of characters in this humorous mystery include a duo of oddball brothers who lack common sense and a genius computer geek. Follow Reed as he solves crimes akin to his cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

Giveaway Details:
1 paperback copy available to US & Canada
10 ebooks available Internationally
Ends 10/18/11

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