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Jeffrey J. MariotteJeffrey J. Mariotte<div class="ExternalClass5348CB0A2311449BB2D04D70742304F9"><h2><a href="https://phoenix.overdrive.com/phoenix-phoenixpl/content/media/4816574" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Missing White Girl: a dark thriller</span></span> </a><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="heading 4">by Jeffrey J. Mariotte</span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> <br><br></span></h2><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Jeffrey Mariotte has written more than fifty books, including supernatural thrillers </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>River Runs Red</em>, <em>Missing White Girl</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, and </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Cold Black Hearts</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, horror epic </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Slab</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, and the teen horror quartet </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Year of the Wicked</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. Other works include the acclaimed thrillers </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Empty Rooms</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> and </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>The Devil’s Bait</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, and—with his wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell—the science fiction thriller </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>7 Sykos</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em> and </em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Mafia III: Plain of Jars</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, the authorized prequel to the hit video game, as well as shorter works. He has also written novels set in the worlds of </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Star Trek, CSI, NCIS, Narcos, Deadlands, 30 Days of Night, Spider-Man, Conan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> and </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Angel</em>,</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> and more. Three of his novels have won Scribe Awards for Best Original Novel, presented by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He’s also won the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic-Con, is a co-winner of the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America, and has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association, the International Horror Guild Award, the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and the Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">He is also the author of many comic books and graphic novels, including the original Western series </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Desperadoes</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, the horror series </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Fade to Black</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, action-adventure series </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Garrison</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, and the original graphic novel </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Zombie Cop</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">He has worked in virtually every aspect of the book business, as a bookstore manager and owner, VP of Marketing for Image Comics/WildStorm, Senior Editor for DC Comics/WildStorm, and Editor-in-Chief for IDW Publishing. When he’s not writing, reading, or editing something, he’s probably out enjoying the desert landscape around the Arizona home he shares with his family and dog and cats.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What prompted you to write this book? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">When I wrote </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Missing White Girl</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, I was living on forty acres about ten miles outside of Douglas, Arizona. This was in the mid-2000s, when illegal border crossings were numerous, and vigilante groups were forming and coming to the border, armed and seemingly eager for action. It was a strange time to be living near the border, and I decided to research the various issues and write a supernatural thriller about them. </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Missing White Girl</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> explores various aspects of border life, from both sides.  </span> <br></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre: romance, mystery, non-fiction, etc.? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I've always been a bit of a genre-blender. As a bookseller I had to read in multiple genres, and I enjoy many of them, so I write in multiple genres as well--sometimes in a single book. </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>Missing White Girl </em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">contains aspects of a police procedural/thriller--there's a kidnapped girl, a murdered family, and a missing (non-white) girl, and a Cochise County sheriff's officer investigating some of these crimes. But there are also strong elements of supernatural horror in the book as well. The border can be a surreal place, so why not treat it that way? </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What type of research did you do to write your book? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">To research the book, I read extensively on border issues and border patrol issues. I spoke to the public information officer for the Cochise County Sheriff's office to get background information on that aspect. I went on a ride-along at the border with a Border Patrol agent and a local journalist, who I also pressed for background details. I spent time at the border, and roamed the streets of Douglas, talking to people who live at the border and often have family and friends on both sides of the line.</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I'm currently reading </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><em>American Predator</em></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">, a true-crime account of the serial killer Israel Keyes. I'm also doing research for my current project. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now? If so, when will it come out? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I'm </span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">in the midst of revisions on a historical epic set during the California gold rush. No idea when it will come out--sometime after it's finished. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Since 1980, I've made my living from books and words and stories, in one way or another. My current day job is doing editing for an online legal education site. I've also been a technical editor for a defense contractor, and worked in publishing and bookselling for years, so whatever I do, it still involves using the English language.</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h3><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there? </span> </h3><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">My local library is the Queen Creek branch. During the pandemic, I haven't been using it, but typically I scour its shelves for research materials whenever I'm gearing up for a new project. I also paw through the books for sale, and sometimes contribute my own books to that effort.​</span></p></div></div>

 

 

 

 

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