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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Leslie Langtry

Hello again fellow Vagabonds. I have another treat for you guys. Please give a warm welcome to author Leslie Langtry. She has been kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her series, Bombay Assassins, today for you guys. There is also a wonderful deal going on about for her series and you may get lucky and win the entire series from me for your Kindle. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.

OBVB: Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond Leslie! To get the ball rolling, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

LL: Thanks for having me!  Let’s see, I grew up in Iowa but live in Illinois now (a serious breach of loyalty, to say the least) with my husband, two kids, three dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs and five birds (five more than I want, actually). My first book, ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy, came out in 2007 from Dorchester Publishing and was quickly followed by Guns Will Keep Us Together, Stand By Your Hitman, I Shot You Babe and Paradise By The Rifle Sights.  I also like cake.

OBVB: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

LL: In second grade, when I realized I could make people laugh.  I wrote  - but never seriously – for years.  I didn’t get serious about writing a book until I was 38.  Sold my first novel on my 40th birthday.  I guess you could say I’m a late bloomer – possibly on par with the Corpse Flower.

OBVB: Who were your influences? Who are your favorites right now?

LL: I grew up devouring Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury, The Muppet Show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Saturday Night Live.  I was inspired to finally write when I read Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, and Hugh Laurie’s The Gunseller – because they were funny and brilliant.  Right now, at this particular moment, I love John Scalzi, Tina Fey, Jasper Fforde, The Blogess, David Thorne and Chad Vader.  That could change – I’m exhaustively fickle.

OBVB: Can you tell us what the Bombay Assassin series is about?

LL: The Bombays have been the first name in assassination since 2000 BCE.  It’s the family business and everyone born into the family has to start training as an assassin at age five.  My publisher called it a comedy/mystery/romance hybrid.  My first book featured Gin Bombay – a 38-year old widowed soccer mom who has to do the dishes, bake cookies for the PTA, start a Girl Scout troop for her kindergartner, and kill naughty terrorists.  It’s kind of like MILF Lit – your typical Assassin Next Door type.  Two of the books are written through the eyes of women, and three are written through men – which seems kind of weird, now that I look at it.  Each book features a different member of the Bombay Family, because I’m not smart enough to do a series with the same heroine/hero all the time.

OBVB: Do you have any special rituals or anything you must do before or while writing?

LL: Yes.  Once the kids are off to school, I do this thing with mayonnaise, rope and an Irish Setter (don’t worry – it isn’t kinky), before donning chains and black leather (actually is kinky) and pouring a nice cup of Earl Gray.  Okay – I don’t do that.  Actually, the kids leave and I go to my office.  After screwing around with email, facebook, etc. I try to actually write something.  Sometimes…I succeed at this.

OBVB: What genre would you like to write that is not your own and why?

LL: Science Fiction!  It would have to be funny sci-fi in homage to Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett.  They were/are geniuses in their field!  And people should laugh more when reading about robots…I think. 

OBVB: What is your favorite mystery/crime film and why?

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LL: I LOVE The Usual Suspects.  And not just because I have a massive crush on Kevin Spacey (although that helps).  It’s twisty/turny and tightly written and just amazing.  I also have to mention my ADDICTION to the BBC’s Sherlock – it’s BEYOND brilliant, funny, and brilliant!  I can’t stand that they only make 3 episodes in a series!  When I saw the finale of this last season – I thought I was going to die (I didn’t, though, which is good).

OBVB: If you could jump into the shoes of anybody, past or present, who would it be and why?

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LL: This is a tough question.  I’m far too lazy to want to step into the shoes of someone who made a huge impact historically.  Just watching The West Wing used to exhaust me.  And Presidents, Kings and Queens didn’t really have it all that great – what with political intrigues and guillotines and all that.  I think I’d want to be Ben Cohen or Jerry Greenfield – the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.   It would be weird to be an older man, but come on!  They get to eat ice cream all day!  (Pssst…Ben and or Jerry – I’m available to taste test ice cream ANYTIME!)

OBVB: When you are not writing, what do you do in your spare time?

LL: I must admit – I have far too many hobbies; travel, knitting, playing ukulele, archery, camping and reading.  I read every night for about 90 minutes.  I couldn’t survive without doing that.  I’ve been a Girl Scout leader for 10 years and teach archery, canoeing, zip line and ropes course at our local camp.  I just don’t have time to do all the things I want to do.  Maybe I should cut back…

OBVB: Are there any projects you have lined up that we should keep our eyes peeled for?

LL: My next book, Snuff The Magic Dragon: and Other Bombay Bedtime Stories, is a collection of short stories featuring the Bombay Family through history.  I’m having way too much fun writing that.  I’m a total history geek.  Writing about Rasputin’s assassination as seen through the eyes of a Bombay has been surreal – mainly because it isn’t real – I write fiction, folks.

OBVB: Last but not least, what is your New Years' Resolution?

LL: First off – I would like to create the perfect homemade meatloaf recipe.  Also, I want to write more.  Seriously…my fans are going to lynch me if I don’t.

OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond. Hope to have you here again.

LL: I had a great time!  Thank you!

About Leslie Langtry

Leslie Langtry is, in fact, a mom and a Girl Scout leader, but she has never assassinated anyone, either professionally or for recreation. Okay, she knits, but she almost never garrotes anyone with the circular needles.

Instead, she lives with her husband, Tom, and two children, Margaret and Jack, in the Quad Cities - with no immediate plans to train either child as an assassin. She wants to make that perfectly clear.

Sure, Tom is a professional bodyguard, but he is not from Australia - nor has he ever been there. Seriously, he can't even do the accent properly. And yes, she has a Pug (named Lucy) who has never, ever tried to seduce anything other than the sofa. She also has a basset hound and two cats - none of which possess any killer instincts whatsoever.

So there, you see, this book in no way mirrors Leslie Langtry's life. That's her story, and she's sticking to it.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway 

*One winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter
*Contest ends February 18th!
*Open to US Only!
*Book provided by me from Amazon

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  1. Ha! What a fun interview. I love the Bombay series. And anyone who is a fellow Cumberb*tch (go Sherlock!) is all right in my book!

  2. Thanks Janene! Are there Cumberb#tch t-shirts? I think we need them!

  3. @Janene Murphy Thank you so much hon. I love that LOL!

    @Leslie Langtry You should make them LOL! Thanks so much for everything hon :D


Due to the daily spam comments I have been getting lately and to avoid the annoying word verification, Anonymous comments are no more. I do not want bargains on bags, watches, jerseys, boots and other crap. Geez, they could at least spam me with book and movie stuff, I would be somewhat interested LOL! Thank you :D