September PodCast: Meeting Local Authors..

August 23, 2017 – For our September Podcast we will be catching up with Beth Caurso and Steve Liskow. Joe McGee will be interviewing Beth on September 24th in Windsor, CT and Steve on September 16th in Wethersfield, CT.

More about Beth Caruso

Author Beth M. Caruso grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent her childhood writing puppet shows and witches’ cookbooks. She became interested in French Literature and Hispanic Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She later obtained Masters degrees in Nursing and Public Health.

Working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, she helped to improve the public health of local Karen hill tribes. She also had the privilege to care for hundreds of babies and their mothers as a labor and delivery nurse. Largely influenced by an apprenticeship with herbalist and wildcrafter, Will Endres, in North Carolina, she surrounds herself with plants through gardening and native species conservation.

Her latest passion is to discover and convey important stories of women in American history. One of Windsor is her debut novel. She lives in New England with her awesome husband, amazing children, loyal puppy, and cuddly cats.

About the Book: One of Windsor

When I first heard about Alice (Alse) Young several years ago, I was shocked to discover that she was the first American colonist hanged for witchcraft. Up until that time, I had only known about the witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts.  Since then, I have had the chance to learn about so many other accusations and trials throughout New England and especially in Connecticut. Upset that such an important historical event and person was so largely unrecognized and unacknowledged, I decided that one day I would tell her story to the best of my ability.

About Steve Liskow

Several of Steve’s novels take place in the Greater Hartford area and focus on issues including teen trafficking on the Berlin Turnpike, a shooting at a public school and stalking at roller derby. The Kids Are All Right, the fourth in his series about Hartford PI Zach Barnes, was a finalist for the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. His other series, featuring PI and wannabe rock and roll guitar player Chris “Woody” Guthrie, is set in Detroit.

His short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and several anthologies. “Hot Sugar Blues” was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Short Story from the Mystery Writers of America, and “Stranglehold” won the Black Orchid Novella Award.

He majored in English at Oakland University in Michigan, where he also played bass in a band and was a DJ on the campus radio station. Many of his books use song titles, probably stemming from his love of rock and blues, which began when he saw Muddy Waters open for Martha & The Vandellas.

A former actor, theatrical director, guitar player and English teacher, Steve now serves as a mentor and panelist for both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also conducts workshops on writing fiction at several local libraries and lives in Newington, CT with his wife Barbara and two rescued cats.

About Steve’s Published Works:
  • Hit Somebody (Trash & Byrne 2) 2017
  • Dark Gonna Catch Me Here (Woody Guthrie 3) 2016
  • The Nowhere Man (Zach Barnes 5) 2016
  • Oh Lord, Won’t You Steal Me a Mercedes Benz (Woody Guthrie 2) 2015
  • The Kids Are All Right (Zach Barnes 4) 2014
    [Shamus Award Finalist, Best Indie Novel, 2015]
  • Postcards of the Hanging 2014
  • Blood On The Tracks (Woody Guthrie 1) 2013
    [Honorable Mention, Writers Digest Self-Published Novel Awards, 2014]
  • The Night Has 1000 Eyes (Zach Barnes 3) 2013
  • Run Straight Down 2012
  • Cherry Bomb (Zach Barnes 2) 2012
  • The Whammer Jammers 2011
  • Who Wrote the Book of Death? (Zach Barnes 1) 2010, Re-edited, 2011

Short Stories

  • “Smothered Mate” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
    Jan/Feb 2016
  • “One Headlight” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
    September 2015
  • “Dead Man’s Hand” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
    July 2015
  • “Santa & The Shortstop” Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine
    April 2015
  • “Hot Sugar Blues” Vengeance
    (Tekno Books/Mystery Writers of America) 2012
    [Edgar Finalist, Best Short Story, 2013]
  • “Sweet Hitch Hiker” Dead Calm
    (Level Best Books) 2011
  • “Ring of Fire” Thin Ice
    (Level Best Books) 2010
  • “Stranglehold” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
    July/August 2010
    [Black Orchid Novella Award, 2009]
  • “Little Things” Quarry
    (Level Best Books) 2009
    [Honorable Mention, Al Blanchard Award, 2008]
  • “Susie Cue” Dead Fall
    (Level Best Books) 2008
    [Honorable Mention, Al Blanchard Award, 2007]
  • “Running on Empty” Still Waters
    (Level Best Books) 2007

Contributor to

  • Now Write! Mystery, Thrillers and Crime
    (Tarcher/Penguin, 2011)

More information about Beth Caurso can be found on her website [One of Windsor] 

More information about Steve Liskow can be found on his website [Steve Liskow]

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