Interview with Jess Waid

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My enjoyment comes from revealing in fiction form some of my experiences as an LAPD street cop in the early ’60s in Hollywood.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is a plus, especially when I hear from fans. Not being a high-profile fiction writer, I have very few; however, I enjoy very much my relationships with friends and neighbors who have read my books and tell me of their impressions of the stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My zest for life and enjoying everything that Nature has to office.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a "foster" kid, I grew up in the Hollywood and in the rural North Hollywood area on weekdays. Finally, old enough, in my mother's opinion, I moved "home" and attended Hollywood High School. A lot of "me" makes up my cop protagonist, Mike Montego. Some of Mike's experiences parallel my own, usually with embellishments. I enjoy sharing imaginatively bits of my own experiences. It's that vicarious "telling" in story form that drives my writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Michael Connolly, Brad Thor, Greg Iles.
Published 2017-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Kona Gold - Book #6 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 108,810. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
LAPD detective Mike Montego in Hawaii to clear his mind from a hasty marriage, finds himself involved in a surfer's murder. His investigations enmeshes him in the dangerous world of narcotics smuggling and human trafficking. With both his marriage (courtesy of a gorgeous Eurasian next door neighbor) and his life in jeopardy, Montego cracks the case and makes a surprising discovery in the process.
Circle of Yellow - Book #5 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,860. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Mike Montego, a new homicide detective, gets a case his senior partner calls open-and-shut; but the circumstances bother Montego. Brenda Mackay, a mother of four, one an infant girl, shows signs of severe physical abuse. Montego contacts his lifelong mentor, an ex-homicide detective, now a successful criminal attorney, to defend her. The charge: Murder One. Montego's ex-patrol partner prosecutes.
He Blew Blue Jazz - Book #4 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,100. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
L.A. in the early 'sixties, plus cool jazz, hot women, relentless bad guys and one determined cop, Mike Montego. His sax playing high school bud, Eddie, is missing. Montego searches and finally locates Eddie; his pal is in bad shape from drugs; he's scared. He witnessed a mob hit. Montego puts him into rehab. Days later Eddie splits. Montego finds him in Vegas; so does the mob. Can Eddie be saved?
The Purple Hand - Book #3 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 132,840. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Old mobsters never die. . . . It's Hollywood in the early '60s. Men are brash, women are brassy, and cars are big. Plainclothes cop Mike Montego has a problem, and his name is Neall Haley, who happens to be Montego's new partner. Something's very wrong and Montego needs to find out what, fast, before someone gets hurt--him!
459 - Framed in Red - Book #2 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,510. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Young, eager LAPD cop Mike Montego has to deal with a series of art thefts, crooked cops, a passionate, complicated girlfriend, kinky sex, and bloody mayhem. After all, it's Hollywood in the early '60s!
Shades of Blue - Book #1 in the Mike Montego Series
Series: Mike Montego Police Dramas. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 129,950. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A psycho killer with a bayonet haunts the hills of Hollywood. It's 1961. The Berlin Wall goes up, the Bay of Pigs invasion flops, punks cruise the Boulevard with their tops down blasting Chubby Checker's "Pony Time," and young women with red hair are being savagely butchered on LAPD patrol cop Mike Montego's beat. Something's got to give, and it won't be Montego.