Fred Lichtenberg is a native New Yorker who lives with
his wife in Jupiter, Florida.
His second novel, Double Trouble,
will be released in June 2012.Hunter’s
World, Fred’s first mystery set on New York's Long Island,
was released by Five Star/Cengage in May 2011.
In addition to writing mystery novels and short
stories, Fred wrote and produced a one-act play titled The Second Time Around …
Again, a comedy about finding love in a nursing home, presented at the Lake
Worth Playhouse. Fred is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the
International Thriller Writers.
is the genre of your novel? Why did you
Answer: I’m a mystery writer. It’s what I mostly read over the
years so it was an easy decision to write that genre once I got the bug to
write. I also have a bit of comedy in my DNA so humor is always sprinkled into
Question: What inspired this novel? How did it come
Answer: I enjoy writing about flawed characters and this book is
no exception. My stories are psychology driven, so the genesis of Double Trouble deals with characters
running away from reality. I’ve been intrigued with twins especially identical
twins separated at birth? While their DNA is the same, different environmental
backgrounds can make their personalities quite different. In Double Trouble, mistaken identity is the
underlying theme that moves the story along.
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the
heroine and/or hero of your latest novel?
Answer: Charlie Quinn is a washed-out detective (defective
detective) from Fort Lauderdale.
He’s lived a painful life, has known betrayal, deceit and quite honestly, has
little going for him until by chance, he runs into his twin in a Fort Lauderdale parking
lot. His twin, Frankie Marcone, is a happy go lucky hit man for the mob but
doesn’t have time for a family reunion and bolts. It seems Marcone stole
diamonds from his boss and is planning a long vacation. Quinn won’t take no for
an answer and attempts to track Marcone down only to become enmeshed in
Marcone’s dark world. The boss wants his diamonds back!
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other
Answer:Hunter’s World was my first published
novel. It takes place in a small town on Long Island.
The chief of police is investigating the only murder his town has known and the
evidence (compromising positions displaying the victim and some of the women),
if went public, could cripple the town’s moral foundation. The protagonist must
balance his position as a police officer with the love of his town. The more he
pushes for justice the more someone behind the scenes is pushing to have him
evicted from his office.
I published a short story in February called 666
Kendall Drive, a horror/humorous story of how
one man’s investment in the rental real estate market can go terribly wrong. It
takes place in South Florida, where else?
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: I just completed
the first draft to Good Luck Bad Luck,
a Carl Hiaasenesque theme that includes Medicare fraud, pill mills, Ponzi
schemes and infidelity. And, of course, murder. It takes place in South Florida. My two main characters include an eighty
year old woman, street smart, and a forty something ex-con. It was great fun to
Then there is Murder
1040. It’s about what happens to an IRS agent when he uncovers fraud, money
laundering, and drugs during an audit. Murder
will be published next year.
Question: What made you start writing?
Answer: I always believed I was a good story teller. After reading
mysteries for years, I started dabbling. I began with short stories, and while
taking a creative writing class, I wrote a mystery short story. It was
well-received and provided the encouragement to continue.
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are
currently writing novels?
Answer: Writers tend to
give the same advice to aspiring novelists. Of course, I’ve added my two-cents.
But I can’t emphasize enough that one must have a passion and discipline for
writing. That first, then take creative writing courses, read the genre you’re
interested in and locate a writers group in your hometown. Then write, write,
Question: Where and when will readers be able to obtain
Trouble will be available around June 15th. I decided to publish
this novel through Amazon’s Create Space and Kindle. It will be available in
both soft cover and e-book version. In addition, Hunter’s World, which was previously only in hardcover, will also
be available on Amazon’s Kindle at the same time. By the way, the reader
doesn’t need a Kindle device to read books from Amazon. Any e-device will
Fred, thanks so much for being our guest today at Author
Expressions. Comments are welcome in this forum.