March 4, 2012

Author Q&A: Tail spinner

David Rosenfelt wanted a new job in a different place, and found both in Maine, where he writes books in the company of his wife and their 28 rescued dogs.

By TOM ATWELL / Special to the Maine Sunday Telegram

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"Heart of a Killer" is Maine author David Rosenfelt's latest mystery novel, and the fourth of his stand-alone books.

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David Rosenfelt and one of his 28 rescued dogs.

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My wife took a look at the book and said she liked it, so I finished it and sent it off to a publisher, and I got a contract with sequels.

The whole process took about six or seven weeks.

Q: Do you know how jealous all the would-be writers out there are?

A: Yes. I had an advantage because I already had an agent for the film work, and it was just lucky because I was ignorant about the process of being a writer. Now I had to do a series, and you have to do an outline of the sequels, and I didn't know how to do an outline. I didn't even know it was a mystery. I thought it was a courtroom drama, but they sold it to Mysterious Press. That's how I found out it was a mystery. 

Q: Do you have any signings or appearances scheduled?

A: Not locally. I am leaving for some in Florida and Arizona. I do have a lot of appearances planned for the next Andy book, "Leader of the Pack," which comes out in July.

Tom Atwell is a freelance writer who lives in Cape Elizabeth. He can be contacted at 791-6362 or at:


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