Artist James Terra and his married lover Nicole find themselves in a tangled web while searching for the killer of LAs hottest artists. Homicide detective Cisco Rivas ask James for help with LAs zany art community. The case quickly turns into a quagmire of intrigue and vicious jealousy amongst the dazzling talent and wealth of schizophrenic Los Angeles. James wants Nicole to leave her husband. When another artist is murdered, she joins the hunt for the killer. A leading art collector is attacked. Cisco is pressured by influential city movers and shakers. Young emerging socialite Camille is up to her neck in strife so James and Nicole make a deal to protect her. Cisco discovers a smuggled exotic drug used by all the suspects including a stealthy porn star. James keeps everyone from knowing his health is precarious. The killer and a secret accomplice targets James, Nicole and Camille.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I usually write during the afternoon, on the computer in my art studio.
Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really, however, I do like to read aloud as I write.
Do you like a drink or something to nibble on while you write?
Only cold water.
Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?
I have written plot ideas for science fiction stories.
What is/are your favorite book(s)?
Everything by Raymond Chandler especially Farewell, My Lovely and Walter Mosley’s EZ Rawlins series.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not completely, but I do take partial aspects and/or attributes of people I have known.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Christa Faust, I find her approach to story line development and dialog engaging.
Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No, I don’t own one.
Which genre(s) do you not like at all?
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
This is an intriguing question for it’s especially difficult to narrow down to one choice. That said, I probably would select Berlin, Germany to the Staatliche Museum to study the history of the discovery of the sculpture of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
Thank you, M. Lee Musgrave and Pump Up Your Book
About the author
Author/Artist, M. Lee Musgrave holds a Master of Art degree from CSU, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for Arts Fellowship. His artwork has been in solo and group exhibitions world-wide. As a Professor of Art and curator he organized hundreds of exhibitions involving artists, collectors and a variety of related enthusiast. Those many experiences and his ongoing personal art activities inform his writing about LA’s exciting art community.