Interview with Edward Fadden

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a working class neighborhood on the south-side of Chicago. The fathers of most of my friends worked for the steel mills, ship yards and railroads. This gave me an understanding of the middle-class working man and family. Perhaps this is why I am drawn to film noir and urban noir novels. Dennis Lehayne is a good example.
When did you first start writing?
I have always enjoyed writing. My serious writing began in college. I was lucky to have some excellent instructors.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It tells the story of how life in a big city can wear a person down. Bad things happen. It was inspired by a novel by Eric Ambler.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have stories inside me I have to let out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided a platform and guidance to get my books into the hands of readers.
What are you working on next?
My next project is to write a hardcore noir novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorite authors. Ernest Hemingway would top the list. My other favorites are too many to mention, but include Philip Kerr, Allan Furst, David Downing, Rebecca Cantrell, Gillian Flynn, Joseph Kannon, Franz Kafka and Denise Mina.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A chance to wander around Chicago and pick up ideas for stories.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually go by recommendations from friends, National Public Radio, or Good Reads.
What is your writing process?
It is very structured. I believe in using outlines and lists. MS Notes is a big help.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises."
What do you read for pleasure?
Mystery novels and American history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon's Kindle.
Published 2014-01-13.
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Books by This Author

Murder is the End of the Line
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,800. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Jake O'Shea struggled to move from a working class neighborhood to a successful career among Chicago's financial elites. Along with financial success came Lorenza De Luca a beautiful and intelligent product of the city's Gold Coast. But in Chicago things do not always work out as planned. Lorenza loved to quote Karen Abbott, “Leave the fireworks for those who cast no spark of their own.”