Hello fellow book-a-holics,
Today, I am delighted to welcome Los Angeles resident and best-selling author, Jeri Westerson, to Flora’s Musings to answer a couple of burning bookish question that have been floating around my unique mind for a while now.
Hi Jeri and welcome to Flora’s Musings…
Flora: I fell into the world that you’d created in Booke of the Hidden and lost myself in Kylie Strange’s adventure. What story have you lost yourself in recently?
Jeri: I’ve really been getting heavily into HP Lovecraft lately. I think we all recognize some of the tropes from his stories (Cthulhu, for one, and the whole mythos of something strange and anxiety-inducing about something so terrible we can’t even put it into words.) So his work–from which I borrow the ancient language of R’lyehian that he completely encouraged authors to do in the cleverest twist, making it more real the more people share it.
Also, I’m currently enjoying the precursor of the genre we now call cosmic horror, The King in Yellow, a book of short stories by writer Robert W. Chambers in 1895. It concerns a forbidden play called the King in Yellow and a mysterious and malevolent supernatural entity also known as the King in Yellow. I thoroughly recommend it to those who enjoy the Cthulhu mythos. Lovecraft said he was influenced by Chambers’ writings.
Flora: I haven’t read any of Lovecraft’s stories myself but funnily enough, one of the bloggers I follow – Duke De Richleau’s Nocturnal Revelries – is currently re-reading theses cult classics and posting his thoughts about them; perhaps it’s about time I do. lol!
I am always interested to know what authors read during their down time. I’d love to know what your top 5 favourite books are?
Jeri: My top favorite books include series, like The Lord of the Rings that introduced me to the notion that you can create an entire world of your own that steals from history, myths and legends (hey, I discovered it in high school in the 70s when it was getting a resurgence of interest).
After that, The Maltese Falcon, a little book by one of my favorite crime writers of all time, Dashiell Hammet. It is so jam-packed with unforgettable characters it’s truly a study of how to write characters.
Fourth on my list is a little-known Daphne DuMaurier book called House on the Strand, a time-travel story that blends the lives of 14th century English people at the same locale as the contemporary traveler, with the 1960s themes (when it was written) of psychedelic drugs…and their consequences.
And my fifth has to be The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer…speaking of 14th century England. I write another series of medieval mysteries set in Chaucer’s London, and he shows up in a few of the books, having been the friend of my disgraced knight turned detective protagonist, Crispin Guest. The Canterbury Tales are a true slice of life out of the time period, and we see the foibles and concerns–and a lot of bathroom humor–that brings people so distant from us, down to earth, right where we are ourselves.
Flora: I must confess that I haven’t read all of your chosen books, but I do have fond memories of watching the old black and white film version of The Maltese Falcon (1941) staring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor with my Nan; I loved it every time.
Thank you for visiting Flora’s Musings today, Jeri and answering my questions. I think you’ve added a few more titles to our ever-growing TBR piles, you’ve certainly added to mine. 😉
So what about you, fellow book-a-holics, have you read any of Jeri’s favourites? Have you added any of the above book to your lists like I have? As usual, I’d love to hear from you, just leave a comment below.
Jeri’s latest book, Shadows in the Mist (Booke of the Hidden #3) is available to pre-order NOW and will be released on 14th May 2019
Shadows in the Mist (The Booke of the Hidden #3)
Small town tea shop proprietor Kylie Strange already has a lot on her plate. The last thing she needs is more trouble to spring up from the mystical Booke of the Hidden.
Keeping one step ahead of a scheming demon, supernatural assassins, and Baphomet―an angry god hellbent on stealing the Booke―it’s all more than enough for one person to handle. And that’s without mentioning her competing affections for the demon Erasmus Dark and the handsome, human Sheriff Ed.
But soon enough, Kylie and her coven hear whispers of new disturbances in Moody Bog. Strange creatures have been stalking the townsfolk and rumors of violent encounters confirm their deadly intent. Worst of all, the Booke of the Hidden is not to blame, and no one is sure what is.
Kylie and her coven of Wiccans need to prioritize. Which is worse? The mysterious and lethal creatures or Baphomet, who―if he gets his way―will unleash Hell upon Moody Bog…and beyond.
Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON is the author of twelve Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Mystery novels, a series nominated for thirteen national awards from the Agatha to the Shamus. Her fifth novel BLOOD LANCE was named one of the Ten Hot Crime Novels for Colder Days by Kirkus Reviews, and her sixth, SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST, was named Best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine.
For BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN, her paranormal romance series, Publishers Weekly said, “Readers sad about the ending of Charlaine Harris’s MIDNIGHT, TEXAS trilogy will find some consolation in Moody Bog.” The third in the series, SHADOWS IN THE MIST is now in bookstores, and the last in the series, THE DARKEST GATEWAY, releases October 2019.
Jeri was featured on two local National Public Radio shows, ‘My Awesome Empire” and KVCR-Arts. She has served two terms as president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, as vice president for the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and twice president of the Orange County Chapter of Sisters in Crime.