My Radio Interview on “Murders, Mysteries and Mayhem”

Today my interview on the Murders, Mysteries and Mayhem program (part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network) aired, and it was a terrific success.

The show is hosted by the friendly, knowledgeable and engaging Stephen Campbell, and as I mentioned a few days ago, I was taken aback by how well-prepared he was (he had read all of my work), and the penetrating questions he asked.

Using the SoundCloud player (below), you can play the interview right here on this webpage, or you can download a copy of the interview and play it on your computer offline.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please leave me your comments! I’d love to hear from you.

Have a great holiday and an even better 2014.



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By Chris Orcutt

Writer — The Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, Short fiction, Plays — Editor & Speechwriter for Hire — Avid Golfer, Chess Player & Awesome Wood-Splitter — Twitter: @chrisorcutt

Comments (3)

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  2. Hillary Leftwich December 20, 2013 at 3:56 am


    This interview was great! I enjoyed listening to it very much. I especially appreciated how you talked about the craft of writing itself and how important this is. Meeting Stephen King (one of my writing idols as well) must have been amazing!

    I have to admit I have not read any mystery since I was a kid. I used to love John Bellairs when I was younger and read every single one of his books.

    Couple of key quotes that I loved: “Esthetic pleasure from the language itself,” transitioning into the fact that as a writer you “must love sentences,” dead on!

    The part where you stated, “Every short story writer is a failed poet,” I laughed. I could never write a good poem, but I certainly appreciate it. It’s my belief that short stories borrow a lot of technique from poetry so I can see your point on this.

    Lastly, the ending where you discuss the importance of routine and making writing a part of your daily life I found to be very true as well. Make it the same as any routine and then you won’t think of it as something you feel guilty about not doing, you just do it.

    Overall, this interview was very informative, hit key points, you gave great examples, shared stories from your own life, and it just felt very personable and yet I took a lot of information from it as well. Great job!

    • Chris Orcutt December 20, 2013 at 4:03 am

      Thank you, Hillary. I’m exhausted and haven’t slept in two days, so I have to keep this short. I love all of your comments. It’s nice to have your thoughts on a subject you’ve given so much of your life and thought to appreciated. I’m so glad that you thought it was great, and it seems that other listeners agree with you. I will write more again in a day or two—when I can give your thoughts better attention. Have a great night. —Chris