With any worthwhile product there are early believers and usually an equal number of early distracters. The Radio Murders is no exception.
One of the first people I brought to book to, other than Monika and my sister Barbara was a young man named Justin Lank. He was a former firearms instructor with the National Guard. He has a sharp wit and knew firearms inside and out. He was a tremendous help, including telling me that an early draft of the first book ended flat.
Justin was into the series from the start. He was instrumental in helping me find names, motivations and interesting ways to kill. When you are writing a mystery-thriller, these are important concepts.
I attribute one of the more interesting characters to Justin, Elias Barbicas. The name was suggested-in very vivid terms-during a visit to a gun range where Justin worked. We would talk for hours about the story, where it worked and where it did not. I owe a lot to Justin. He was the first to introduce me as, "a novelist." That felt very good.