2012 is Going to Be Mind-Blowing

This has been an incredible year here at Butchieblog. I met lots of artists and writers and performers. I wrote a book. I worked with some amazing bloggers. I looked at lots of cool things and visited interesting places in the process of finding stories.  I reviewed great veg restaurants. I tried to give some perspective on living in the South. So, that was 2011.

2012 is going to blow my mind, I can tell already. If you have an idea for a story or if you know a fascinating person you’d like to hear more about, please send them my way. I’ll do my best to interview them or at least try to find out a little more about them to share with everyone right here.

Thanks for giving me a great year!  -Butchieblogger

P.S. Now someone can give this little pup a great year by adopting her or one of her friends at LifeLine! Just click on the photo to find out all about her.

 

 


BB Interview: Amanda Kyle Williams, Author of The Stranger You Seek

Amanda Kyle Williams is a break-out star with a thrilling story to tell. Her new novel, The Stranger You Seek, debuts August 30th at the Decatur Book Festival. This not-for-the-faint-of-heart crime thriller is set during a steamy Southern summer and is full of believable, interesting characters living in the Atlanta that I know and love. Don’t be fooled by the setting, this is not a sleepy Southern novel. It is terrifying and creepy, and often very funny. At times it will even make you hungry. Williams’ love of the South shows throughout the book as she takes the reader on ridealongs with lead character/former FBI profiler Keye Street.  Williams’ skill at capturing particular time and place means you can almost feel the midsummer heat hitting your face from the passenger seat of Street’s ’69 convertible as she cruises Atlanta’s streets looking for the killer. Advance praise is pouring forth, and  she is already at work on her second novel in the series.

I was excited to interview Williams because her personal story is as fascinating as any of her characters’.  According to her bio, she has contributed to short story collections, worked as a freelance writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, worked as a house painter, a property manager, a sales rep, a commercial embroiderer, a courier, a VP of manufacturing at a North Georgia textile mill, and owned Latch Key Pets, a pet sitting and dog walking business. She also worked with a PI firm in Atlanta on surveillance operations, and became a court-appointed process server. You will see a bit of all of these in her novel’s character developments. Williams signed on with the South’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore Charis Books as her signed bookdealer. So when you order from her website, you are doing good in more ways than one. She graciously allowed me an advanced read of her novel and then answered my very random blogger questions. 

THE ART OF THE THRILL
BB: I freely admit to being brand new to reading crime thrillers. I’m at once horrified and fascinated at the human mind and how a perfectly nice individual such as yourself could dream up the most lurid and macabre scenes, not to mention the unexpected plot twists, that you have. One theory is that, if you write about crime, you can control it, and that creates less fear for the writer. Does this resonate with you at all? What drew you to this genre?

AKW: I’m fascinated with all things crime.  Not just crime and criminals, but the people who spend their lives fighting it and dealing with the terrible repercussions of violence on family and community.  Cops, field agents, profilers, the techies that are constantly working to make criminal databases more effective,  medical examiners, grief counselors, forensic scientists from all disciplines.  What makes these exceptionally dedicated people tick?  What’s a day in the life?  How do they handle the pressure and the darkness?  My protagonist Keye Street, as you know, is a former FBI behavioral analyst. What drives my books are the needs that drive her.  I’ve tried to educate myself about what her process might be.  I’ve made contacts in law enforcement and forensics. I’ve ended up with some great consultants that inform my writing.

And I have an interest in the violent serial offender, too.  Let’s face it, most criminals are not masterminds. They’re just thugs and opportunists.  But someone smart enough to evade law enforcement efforts for years, like the Green River Killer or the Long Island Killer who is out there hunting right now, someone utterly egocentric who sees victims as fill-in-the-blank objects, now that interests me.  What I mean by fill in the blank is, whatever his fantasy or desire, he’s just inserting a victim.  He’s completely detached from their suffering. It’s about him, his need.  Writers take a lot of criticism for writing books about serial offenders—rapists or murderers. But thrillers and mysteries keep selling.  Cop shows and CSI type shows continue to have good ratings.  I don’t think anyone wants to glorify these monsters, but we have a natural curiosity about that kind of psychopathy.  I think we want to know what it’s like to look through the cold eyes of a killer from a safe distance. I do.  I want to know what fantasy he’s acting out, what fuels it.  I learned something really valuable when I was taking criminal profiling courses to prepare for this series.  Homicide isn’t always the motive.  It’s merely the result of behaviors manifested at the scene. That’s what draws me to the genre—a desire to understand those behaviors.  I don’t know that it gives me a sense of control.  I’m as fearful as anyone else of violent crime.  That’s why we love crime fighters.  They fight back.  They protect us. Read the rest of this entry »


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So I’m going to stretch it a little and call animals “art.” Because I love them and I want them in here and I can’t live without them.  Whether you pick your poison at the obvious like Hipster Puppies or Cute Overload, or you just like whispering ”show me another cat in a sink!” at your work computer all day, you know how much you love them too.  So do something this week to support your favorite local animal shelter like Lifeline Animal Project by dropping off  some cat supplies or cold, hard cash. These are trying times for nonprofits, and when people lose their homes, so do their animals. That’s no good for anyone. So do a little something! It will feel good. Thanks. Now you can go back to browsing Plott Hound mixes on Petfinder because they really are the sweetest of all time. Oh yeah. They are.

P.S. Meet Bobby. She is waiting for a home at Lifeline. When she grows up she wants to be a dentist. Or an ear model.


Yeah. It's My Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I’m going to stretch it a little and call animals “art.” Because I love them and I want them in here and I can’t live without them.  Whether you pick your poison at the obvious like Hipster Puppies or Cute Overload, or you just like whispering ”show me another cat in a sink!” at your work computer all day, you know how much you love them too.  So do something this week to support your favorite local animal shelter like Lifeline Animal Project by dropping off  some cat supplies or cold, hard cash. These are trying times for nonprofits, and when people lose their homes, so do their animals. That’s no good for anyone. So do a little something! It will feel good. Thanks. Now you can go back to browsing Plott Hound mixes on Petfinder because they really are the sweetest of all time. Oh yeah. They are.

P.S. Meet Bobby. She is waiting for a home at Lifeline. When she grows up she wants to be a dentist. Or an ear model.