Gordon Basichis

Biography

Gordon Basichis is the author of “The Blood Orange," a hard edged, modern day romantic mystery thriller in the tradition of classic LA Noir.
He is the author of The Guys Who Spied for China," a roman a clef exposing Chinese espionage networks in the United States, a quarter finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel competition. He is he author of the best selling Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story, a non-fiction novel about the international affair between department store scion, Alfred Bloomingdale, and his mistress, Vicki Morgan, that helped define exotic sexuality in the late twentieth century. His first published novel The Constant Travellers, is a metaphysical Western Fantasy that was optioned by two motion picture studios. He has worked as a screenwriter and producer.
Basichis is Co-Founder of Corra Group, specializing in background checks and corporate research and investigation for companies around the world. He is a native of Philadelphia, but has lived most of his life in Southern California and Northern New Mexico.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Philadelphia. Philly was a great music town. And music was a major influence to my writing. The combined mix of rock, folk, jazz and rhythm and blues helped me develop a musical sensibility to my own literary voice.. Blues music, especially, taught me how to capture great human moments with a simple turn of a couple of lines. Philly was a town known for its sarcasm and its irony. This helped me see world and human events through the prism of humor. The City of Brotherly Love offered a mix of high and low culture. I've always been attracted to those two extremes. As a young journalist for a Philadelphia newspaper, I started to see the world at large, and how civilization and sophistication were but a thin veneer concealing the primal impulses that rest beneath the surface. Peace and love better wear a bullet proof vest.
When did you first start writing?
I wanted to be a writer from the time I was twelve years old. My first professional writing gig was at eighteen, writing for Nightlife Magazine, a weekly newspaper that was distributed largely to the bars and nightclubs in North Philadelphia. The paper was owned by two brothers, who wanted to tell of the black entertainment and social experience in the urban center. As I was not black, the club owners used to get a kick out of me when I delivered the papers as that was part of my job along with writing the stories inside. At nineteen I started working for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin as an editorial clerk. I moved up to doing the Vietnam casualty beat, where I interviewed the survivors of the soldiers killed in action. I was promoted, covering the fire and crime beat. At twenty I experienced the surreal extravaganza of the city at night, replete with gory crime scenes and six alarm testimonials to the destructive consequences of a hot plate left on too long in a faulty electric socket. It was edifying to say the least.
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Books

The Blood Orange
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,270. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The Blood Orange, a romantic mystery set in modern day Los Angeles, is a quest for a treasure and a search for the soul. Former cop, Max Brodie, returns as a grisly murder ignites a deadly conflict. Bandit's treasure and the romance of Old California are inextricably woven into a grand scheme of duplicity and intrigue where Max must uncover a vast puzzle. Nothing is what it seems to be.
The Constant Travellers
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,490. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Sex, drugs, and the West that never was. In this funny and philosophical tale, young Shelby Lopez encounters Thunderbird Hawkins in post Civil War America. The Indian shaman teaches Shelby of the Great Necklace and the Great Book. Their journey leads them to wisdom and an understanding of man's destiny. While set in the Old West, the novel's modern idiom is as contemporary as if it were today.
Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,150. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and politics
Vicki Morgan, mistress to department store heir and Ronald Reagan confidant, Alfred Bloomingdale, lived beyond her years and died before her time, the victim of a brutal murder. Seething with power, intrigue, sex and obsession, it's a ringside seat into the darker habits of the world's rich and powerful.
The Guys Who Spied for China
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,990. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
The Guys Who Spied for China,a roman a clef exposing Chinese espionage networks in the United States, is a quirky tale of how two disparate men uncovered a network of homegrown spies that had operated in California and across the country for decades. A new twist on the spy drama, this personal and darkly humorous tale captures what it feels like to be thrust into the shadowy world of espionage.

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