Thursday, July 7, 2011

Guest Blog: Diane Majeske, author of Death on Deadline

Hey y'all!  I'm so excited to finally have Diane Majeske, author of Death on Deadline, with us this week!  Today we have a wonderful guest post, and tomorrow, Diane is answering some of my crazy questions for your reading enjoyment :-)...

If you haven't read my review of Death on Deadline, you can check that out HERE.

Without further ado, a little "behind-the-scenes" of Death on Deadline....

The original starving artists
By:  Diane Majeske

When I first wrote Death on Deadline, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it, so I sent it off to a couple of my reporter friends.

It was, after all, a murder mystery that took place in a newsroom, and the main character was a reporter. I thought they might get a kick out of it. They did. In fact, most of them thought I’d based the main character – or at least one of the characters – on them.

Regrettably, I had to tell them I didn’t. I made everybody up. Oh, sure, I took a lot of the characters and much of the color from my own experiences as a reporter, but there is no real America Miles. And luckily, there is no dastardly Harrison Fielding, either.

Then how did I come up with the idea of a reporter getting involved in solving the murder of her editor, a killing that just might be pinned on her best friend and the paper’s food editor?

Here’s how:

It all started when I was a reporter and I came back from an assignment one afternoon. It had been a particularly busy day, and I hadn’t had time for lunch. That wasn’t unusual. Reporters and photographers at newspapers take interviews when they can get them – if you miss lunch, you miss lunch. But later, you’re starving.

That day, I noticed a gaggle of reporters around a side table, wolfing down slices of zucchini bread. I set down my notebook and ran over to grab a slice before it was gone. I was starving, and it was delicious. I had never been so happy to see zucchini bread in all my life.

“Who made this?” I said, delirious with delight. “It’s sooo good!!”  I sliced myself another piece. Everyone shrugged. I stopped chewing.

“Nobody knows who made this?” I suddenly felt uneasy. But I was apparently the only one. My co-workers, their hunger appeased, were leaving the table. The bread was gone. And I suddenly realized that if somebody wanted to knock off a group of reporters or photographers, well, here was a possible avenue.

Reporters are the original starving artists. They’re on the go all day. They don’t make a lot of money. And sometimes, they uncover things that unscrupulous types would rather keep covered up. Now, luckily, today’s newsrooms have a lot more security. Unluckily, with all the job cuts lately, there are a lot fewer reporters in them.

But it gave me the seed of an idea that blossomed into my first novel. And hopefully, a follow-up, Dead Time, featuring the further adventures of America Miles, soon will be on its way.

I, personally, cannot wait for Dead Time!  I love America and her adventures!  

Be sure to come back tomorrow to check out my in-depth (haha) interview with Diane!  See you there!


  1. Eek, sounds like some poisoning afoot, Diana. Good luck with the book.

    C, great blog you have here. Thanks for the goodreads friendship. :)