Mike Faricy is the award winning author. His novels are an addictive combination of mystery and suspense woven together with a rich strain of humor and a bit of romance.
Mr. Faricy’s entertaining and engrossing tales are filled with the sort of quirky, oddball characters many would like to know more about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. Many of the characters serve, not so much as examples of real people, but more as warnings to the rest of us of the darker side of humanity. Readers will not find characters who will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies, or coups to topple the government. Rather, they’re individuals inhabiting a world just below the surface of polite society. The difficulties the characters find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then, bad decisions make for interesting tales.
All of Mike Faricy’s books are standalone – read them in any order you wish. Russian Roulette introduces the bizarrely devilish Devlin Haskell as a PI with a foot on both sides of the law. Dev’s adventures continue in Mr. Softee and the soon to be released Bite Me.
Mr. Faricy is currently working on his latest top secret project. He graduated High School from St. Thomas Academy and earned a BA in history from St. Norbert College.
Mr. Faricy and his wife split their time residing in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland.
Readers can learn more about Mike Faricy and his work by visiting the following links:
Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?
Bombshell is the fourth book in my Dev Haskell, Private Investigator series. Dev is a dysfunctional, bumbling, babe magnet who is hired to watch over a team of gorgeous English roller derby stars. Someone has been mailing severed human fingers to the Hastings Hustlers as they tour the U.S. Dev is hired for 48 hours just to make sure nothing happens while the Hustlers are in town. Instead of standing guard in the shower room, he is suddenly under arrest and found guilty before he’s even charged. He’s got an attorney who drinks too much, a beautiful friend with a bad attitude, a feisty team of females ready to kill him – and no answers.
If you’re looking for a tale of international terrorists, government coups or Wall Street conspiracies Bombshell is not the book. All my books deal with that dark undercurrent just below polite society, the seedy underside of life. We all know people like my characters, but we wisely keep them at a distance. Still, we are just that bit curious. Most of the situations they find themselves in are due to their own bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for interesting tales.
Bombshell is really a tale of petty jealousy that gets way out of hand. It’s quirky, twisted, fast paced, entertaining and maybe too close to home.
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
In Bombshell, Dev Haskell falls for a woman skating with a local roller derby team named the Bombshells. The more I got into the story the more that seemed to be the perfect title. I contacted a friend of mine in Miami, Wendy Doscher-Smith. She’s a photographer and has a friend who skates for Miami’s Vice City Rollers under the name Pinky Gomez. That’s Pinky on the cover, a real roller derby star and a real bombshell. Coincidentally, Cosmopolitans figure in the story so it really works that Pinky is holding one. How much say did I have? I called Wendy, she did all the hard work and I love it.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?
My main character, Dev Haskell is summed up by this first scene. He’s just met a woman in a very trendy bar, not the usual sort of place he frequents, she asks since he’s a Private Investigator does he carry a gun and if so could she see it…
“Fortunately, I left it at home otherwise I would have blown my brains out about three minutes after coming into this place.”
That’s Dev Haskell in a nutshell. He’s a guy’s guy, a little macho, sometimes clueless. In the end it always seems to be a woman who pulls his feet out of the fire.
What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?
I try and do a number of blogs, both posting and interviews, maybe a brief mention of a release with a cover shot on some social sites. I do not contact every person available on Face Book, Good Reads and Twitter announcing my book has been available for forty-five minutes and please help me move to the top 1000 on Amazon. That serves as a real turn-off to me. I have a continually growing group of readers who follow my books, they are die-hard Dev Haskell fans and I put the word out to them. I have a Dev Haskell face book site where I post some funny stuff including images of women who have become fed up with Dev and ended their relationship. With social media there is a very fine line between being effective and becoming a pest. Amazon just published an article about how their top ten best selling authors spend very little time on social media sites and almost no time checking sales figures. I have some newspapers that regularly review my books and I’m in touch with a number of online book review sites. You have to work to get the word out there, but that said, ‘in your face’ is not my style.
What is a typical writing day like for you?
Writing is a solitary occupation. I’m an early riser so I answer emails for maybe an hour and a half, I probably finish breakfast around 7:30 AM. Then I sit down and edit what I wrote the previous day. I read this out loud, make some minor corrections along the way. I’ve just described maybe two and a half hours. This puts me in the flow of things from the previous day and I begin writing anew. I do not work from an outline. I have a rough idea where things are going, but nothing too specific. I usually write until around 5:00 PM. At the end of any given day I’m as surprised as the next person at the plot twists and turns my story has taken. I usually do not answer phone calls or run errands while writing, I save that for the evening. Yeah, I know, I’m a pretty dull guy.
What are some ways that you like to relax?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I’m not a TV guy. I read a lot. I love to go for walks with my wife, daily if weather permits. I have a fairly active evening social life so that keeps me involved and I play in a bagpipe band so I’m practicing one night a week with that gang. God forbid there might be a pint after piping practice.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
I don’t know if they’re over looked but I really enjoy Paul Bishop, he’s a retired LA cop who writes crime fiction and I’ve gotten to know him a little. I enjoy Stuart MacBride’s writing. He’s Scottish and is now becoming better known in the US.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
I think Michael Connelly. He gets it, the whole change in the publishing world that is ongoing. He seems to genuinely care about his audience. He was a newspaper crime writer in L.A. so he has some street smarts and obviously a good deal of real life experience under his belt. I love his Harry Bosch work, they’re the kind of books where you put the coffee on at about 10:00 at night so you can stay awake and finish the book by 3:00 in the morning. I’m purposely not mentioning William Kent Krueger who is a local Minnesota author, only because I’ve already met him. He has a great series with Cork O’Connor set in northern Minnesota. Actually Kent is one of the people who convinced me to set Dev Haskell in St. Paul. Now I don’t think Dev would fit anywhere else… or maybe they just wouldn’t have him. I love John Sanford, but again a Minnesota guy who I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting. The other author would be Robert B. Parker, unfortunately he passed away not too long ago. His work is tightly woven, very dialogue driven. I’ve read and reread all his books.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
I’m working on the next Dev Haskell novel, Tutti Frutti, due out before the first of the year. I also have a novella I did for a series called Fight Card. These are all 50’s noir boxing stories written by different authors under the pseudonym Jack Tunney. The main character has to have been raised in Chicago’s St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys and learned life’s lessons through boxing with Father Tim. My title is Irish Dukes, which is due out Nov/Dec of 2012. That project was a bit of a change of pace for me and I really enjoyed writing it. They asked me to write a second novella so I’ll be on that after the first of the year. I’ve two more Dev Haskell tales rattling around in my head so I’m hoping I won’t have to sleep for the first half of 2013.
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
I’m a really nice guy. Oh, wait, I live in Ireland six months out of the year, in Dublin actually. My wife is Irish and I’m usually over there after the first of the year until May, then a couple of weeks here and there throughout the year. She’s over here in the summer and late fall. I get the cold, damp drizzly winter in Dublin and she get’s 103 degrees and Midwest humidity, you’d think we would figure it out by now, but apparently not. I do a large portion of my writing while in Dublin. Our social life is through her so I rarely get a phone call. I can really focus on my writing.
Thank you for having me, I hope everyone enjoys Bombshell, please don’t forget to tell two to three hundred of your closest friends. All the best