Interview with Dete Meserve

What is your new novel, Perfectly Good Crime, about?
Los Angeles TV News Reporter Kate covers a story about a series of high-tech, sophisticated heists at the estates of the 100 wealthiest Americans. The thieves have gotten away with $20 million in luxury goods and Kate must venture inside the world of the super wealthy to find out who is behind the heists and uncover their surprising, uplifting motives. It’s another feel-good story, but this one has several plot twists while also picking up with Kate’s and Eric’s romance, her career at Channel Eleven, and her relationship with her senator father.
What motivated you to write Good Sam and Perfectly Good Crime?
I wanted to write mysteries where the main character was searching for someone doing good—in Good Sam, someone is anonymously leaving $100,000 cash on LA doorsteps and in Perfectly Good Crime, someone is robbing the wealthiest Americans but Los Angeles TV News Reporter Kate Bradley discovers the heists have surprising and uplifting motives. In both novels, Kate witnesses people's lives transformed by the extraordinary gifts, I wanted her to fall in love with the ideal of a truly good samaritan—someone who's doing for others without expectation of reward or notoriety. I also wanted to explore where the roots of goodness come from. Many people do good because it makes them feel good to give but some giving arises from powerful emotions and life experiences.
Good Sam is also going to be made into a movie. How's that coming?
I'm thrilled that Good Sam is being adapted as a film for The Hallmark Channel. As a producer, I'm partnered with Muse Entertainment and Wind Dancer Films and we're working with screenwriter Teena Booth to adapt the novel. It's an exciting process to bring Kate Bradley and Eric Hayes to the screen and The Hallmark Channel is the perfect home for it.
Your Author Facebook page is attracting a lot of attention. How have readers responded?
Our newspaper headlines are dominated by violence, tragedy, fraud, and disasters, so the Facebook page is a place to post stories about people helping others—real-life Good Samaritans. There are a surprising number of these stories and each day many Good Sam readers share them with me. The response has been tremendous—not simply the number of people who read the posts but their engagement with them. There stories range from people helping the homeless, veterans, pets, and disabled children—to firefighters and police officers who go beyond the call of duty to help people in need—to large scale gifts that bring light and hope into the world. Readers can Like my page at www.facebook.com/GoodSamBook.

I'm also working on developing a series of non-fiction books featuring true, real-life, inspiring stories of generosity, courage, and compassion. More on that soon!
In Good Sam, an anonymous Good Samaritan leaves $100,000 cash on LA doorsteps. What would you do if that happened to you?
That's one of the questions the book explores. For most people, receiving $100,000 in cash is a complete life-changer. So what do you do with such a windfall? Do you use some of it to become a Good Sam yourself? How will it change your relationship with friends and family?

If I woke up one morning and found $100,000 cash on my front porch, I probably wouldn't tell anyone but my closest family. I'd wonder a lot about the Good Samaritan behind it and I'd want to find out why he/she chose me. Because it had been given to me and wasn't something I'd earned, I'd feel an obligation to make positive change in the world with it.
What is your writing process?
I can't help but write. Throughout the day, ideas will come to me and I'll jot them down for the time later at night when I can incorporate them into my writing. I see writing as a very fluid process so if I'm feeling more interested in editing one evening, I'll work on that instead of writing more scenes. Other times I'll focus on research or character development and backstory. Sometimes I interview a character on paper in order to figure out how they will react to a particular situation.
You are a mother of three children. Does this affect your writing?
I want my children to see that becoming a parent, while it is truly the most important job in the world, doesn't mean you must give up on all your dreams or you can no longer make positive change in the world except through your children. You can write a book and be a mom too. Of course, that's much harder (or nearly impossible) to do when the kids are very little but as they get older, they need to see that parents have interests too. My youngest daughter helps with editing the book and likes for me to read sections aloud to her, which is a great help to the writing process. I pitch story and scene ideas to my teenage son and he brainstorms with me.
Published 2016-06-20.
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Books by This Author

Perfectly Good Crime
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,310. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
From the bestselling author of 'Good Sam' comes the taut and thought-provoking follow-up—Perfectly Good Crime: When the estates of the 100 wealthiest Americans are targeted in a series of sophisticated, high tech heists, Los Angeles TV news reporter Kate Bradley must venture inside the world of the super rich to investigate the biggest story of the year.