Last weekend Eric Beetner (Co-author of One Too Many Blows to the Head along with J.B. Kohl) made the scene at this year’s Left Coast Crime in L.A. and along with sitting on a couple of panels and hobnobbing with the crime writing elite, Beetner had the opportunity to sit down with Author Rebecca Cantrell for a video interview. Here’s what Beetner had to say:
At this year’s Left Coast Crime convention in Los Angeles I caught up with Rebecca Cantrell, author of A Trace of Smoke and the upcoming A Night of Long Knives. She submitted to my questions while seated next to a noose and a guillotine so you know her answers were on the up and up. Rebecca has been earning raves for her books in the Hannah Vogel series about a crime reporter in 1930’s Berlin who takes to solving cases on her own. The first, in A Trace of Smoke, is that of her own brother’s murder. At Left Coast Crime she won the Bruce Alexander memorial award for Best Historical Mystery which she can add to her other accolades like Best First Mystery 2009 from Deadly Pleasures magazine.She and I shared a panel together at the convention and I can attest that she is an incredibly nice gal who has no business at all writing the kind of dark material she does. And she lives in Hawaii!! How she sits in paradise and travels to pre-WWII Berlin for her books is beyond me. But she does it damn well.