MBA&M AND CADENCE GROUP PRESENTS…

STEVE O’ BRIEN

DEAD MONEY

Dead Money

MBA&M: PLEASE TELL OUR READERS A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

 

STEVE: I’m a simple guy. I love horse racing, the beaches on Cayman Islands, five star restaurants, reading mysteries and thrillers and, of course, writing mysteries and thrillers. (If I could somehow connect all those permanently, life would be fantastic). I have the most amazing, supportive wife in recorded history and two remarkable, talented children. I have completed four marathons and a few half marathons. As it comes to running, I am most proud of having twice completed the Bohemian Alps Endurance Run. But don’t imagine that I am an athlete, I’m not. I’m just darned determined at times.

 

 

MBA&M: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND WRITING “DEAD MONEY”?Dead Money

 

STEVE: Many years ago I read a news story about how some college students on spring break scammed Las Vegas casinos out of a bunch of money. Their ruse had its origins in what was known as the “Linden Tree” bet or the “dog out” bet. This was before Las Vegas casinos pooled their wagers with racetracks. In Dead Money I brought the concept forward to the digital age. The inspiration was the age old question fiction writers always use—what if? What if someone tried to pull the Linden Tree bet in one of the biggest races of the year—The Kentucky Oaks. (The Author’s Note in Dead Money describes the history of the Linden Tree and Dog Out bets in great detail. Check it out. Plus, you get my book that way!!)

 

MBA&M: WHY WRITE ABOUT HORSES, MURDER AND MYSTERY?

 

STEVE:  I grew up in a small town in Nebraska that had a five-eighths mile thoroughbred racetrack. I was hooked on horse racing at an early age (much to my parents’ chagrin). What I discovered was that racetracks and the people who work there provide the greatest diversity of characters and personalities—from the well heeled owners in the luxury boxes to the teenager who mucks out stalls and everything in between—trainers, hotwalkers, stewards, hunch bettors–everyone. There may be no greater socioeconomic and demographic mix in any other enterprise. I find the mixture of these characters to be the perfect Petri dish for storytelling.

 

MBA&M: WHO WOULD YOU CREDIT YOUR LOVE OF WRITING TO? WHY?

 

STEVE: Mrs. Svoboda, my seventh grade teacher. She pulled me aside one day and said I was a very good writer. The comment may seem inconsequential to some, but it was life changing for me. Writing came naturally to me, but having her point that out made me think about what I could do. I regret that I never had the chance to thank her. It also showed me the importance of encouraging others—for whatever they do well. We leave small seeds behind in every relationship and we never know what may grow from them.

 

MBA&M: WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR YOUR FUTURE IN WRITING?

 

STEVE: Much of our future can be determined by our past. By that I mean the feedback that I have received from readers. What I write in the future is based upon what reader’s have liked about my prior books. I’ve determined that there are two features that people like. One is to taking them into a world which known, but unfamiliar. The backside of a racetrack or the inside of a courtroom have proven to be such worlds. The second feature is to teach something. I don’t mean like preaching or trying to “enlighten” readers, but taking a nugget, whether it is historical or otherwise unique and presenting that in a story. I’m looking for the “I never knew that” response from readers. If I can take readers inside another world and teach them something they didn’t know, I think I am keeping up my end of the bargain as a writer.

 

 

MBA&M: WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DESIRE TO DO? OTHER THAN WRITING, OF COURSE?

 

STEVE: I have a long and ever increasing bucket list, so it’s hard to pick just one. One day I’d like to teach creative writing at a college or university. I love storytelling and I love words. It would also be very meaningful to counsel and encourage others to achieve their dreams as writers.

 

MBA&M: PLEASE LET OUR READERS KNOW WHERE TO CONNECT WITH YOU AND WHERE THEY CAN FIND “DEAD MONEY”?

          STEVE: Dead Money is available online at the usual suspects and at leading bookstores.

(If your bookstore doesn’t have it, ask them why they don’t want to be a leading bookstore.) I am a reluctant social networker, but can be found at Twitter @OBrien, Steve and Facebook and Goodreads. The best place to reach me is at steve.d.obrien (at) gmail.com.

 

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Dead MoneyDEAD  MONEY

STEVE O’ BRIEN

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and The Cadence Group.

  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: A&N Publishing (January 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988184303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988184305

From the Author:

You Can’t Stop It.

The stranger’s menacing, dismissive laughter echoed in attorney Dan Morgan’s head. In the heart of thoroughbred country–Churchill Downs–a major con was about to be pulled. Despite Dan’s efforts, his filly, Aly Dancer, was somehow part of the scheme.

You Can’t Stop It.

Dan’s dream as a thoroughbred owner was to run in a Grade I race—a televised stakes race. That opportunity had finally appeared. So far it had only resulted in threats, violence and death.

You Can’t Stop It.

What was the scam? Who was involved? Who could he turn to?
Post time was nearing.
The man’s sinister voice would not leave him.

You Can’t Stop It.

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