Sunday, November 4, 2018

P. J. Vernon

P. J. Vernon was born in South Carolina. He holds a PhD in immunology and published science before turning his hand to publishing fiction.

His new novel is When You Find Me.

Recently I asked Vernon about what he was reading. His reply:
The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

Massey’s debut has been a long time coming for me, and I’m knee-deep in one hell of a beautifully crafted work of “Grit Lit” by a very talented author. This novel yields an unflinching look into how the families we’re born into shackle us. Bleak. Raw. The tension in this one builds like a wave closing in on the shoreline, and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing the ending.

Recently finished:

#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar

A wickedly delicious and darkly humorous story of murder and high fashion. Think Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho. Compulsively written with the vicious voice of real-life former fashion editor and all-around fabulous woman, Amina Akhtar.

What She Gave Away by Catharine Riggs

A heart-wrenching suspense hinging on a zero-sum game between two very different women. The past is patient, and this gripping novel by Catharine Riggs—who I was lucky enough share a panel with at Bouchercon—explores what happens when it finally catches up.

Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World by Thomas F. Madden

It’s not all toxic relationships and terror in suburbia on my bookshelf. I love historical non-fiction. Go digging far enough, and you’re bound to find a tragic past in every city. But none quite so epic as the “narrative arc” of Byzantium-turned-Constantinople-turned-Istanbul. I’m obsessed with this city and harbor secret dreams of writing a re-imagining of its 1453 sacking by the Ottoman Empire (don’t tell my agent).
Visit P. J. Vernon's website.

The Page 69 Test: When You Find Me.

--Marshal Zeringue