Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Writer Wednesday: Mike Capuzzo

     Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Mike Capuzzo, one of my Goucher classmates and author of two New York Times best selling books, Close to Shore and The Murder Room.
Close to Shore is about a series of shark attacks on the New Jersey shore in 1916.  And I don't know about you, but I think death by shark is probably the worst way to go.  I blame this irrational fear on my Mom for taking me and my brother Robby to the drive in movie to see Jaws when I was five.  FIVE!  I'll just say that I had a fear of swimming pools that year because, you know, the plausibility of a Great White Shark squeezing itself through the tiny drain in a chlorinated pool is very real when you're that age.




     His latest book, The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases is a really fascinating read about several members of the Vidocq Society.  I have a lot of books and whenever my Dad comes to visit, he'll grab a book down from the shelf and read it while at my house.  He didn't finish it since we took him on the grand tour of Texas, so he stole my copy and I'm waiting for its swift return. Any day now Bob!

Mike and I talk for about twenty minutes while he enjoys a Boilermaker and I don't.  We could have chatted longer, but I know in the world of blogging some of you peeps have short attention spans.  But, that's okay.  We all lead busy, hectic lives.  So that's why I'm so grateful to Mike for taking the time to grace my blog with his presence.  He's a peach!


16 comments:

  1. Sounds like some great books! I was a little older when Jaws came out but it still instilled a fear in me that is still with me today. I will never again be able to really relax in the water when I'm at the beach!

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    1. Mike is a wonderful storyteller.
      I hear ya about relaxing in the water. I can now swim in a pool, but swimming out into the ocean is another story.

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  2. If I'm gonna go, being eaten by one of the most powerful predators on the planet has to rank up there on my list. I know it would be unbelievably painful but you're friends would be able to say, "Did you hear? Adam got eaten by a shark!".

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    1. It would look pretty good on a tombstone too. "Taken out by a shark"

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  3. Great interview. I'll have to check out his books.

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    1. Thank you and please do! I want to read Close to Shore.

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  4. Both books sound like great reads. I am a victim of Jaws, too. But it never quite stopped me from going in the ocean or the pool.

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    1. I think I'm a little more paranoid about things than you are, Susan. I did go snorkeling for about 10 minutes until I saw a giant sea turtle and freaked out.

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  5. Hi!!!!!!!!!!!

    Apologies for the absense. Things have been crazy at VGI. E3 (The week long gaming Superbowl) was last week, so everything's been utterly mental.

    I have listened to this though, and it's absolutely awesome!

    I haven't read either books but they sound fantastic, and the author seemed so down to Earth and interesting, which makes a really nice change.

    Great interview! You should totally do more of these. Although that probably is more achieveable in principle rather than in practice lol.

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    1. So nice to see you again Mr. Copeland! Yes, I would love to do more of these, but I'm afraid that not every writer is as approachable and open to being interviewed as Mary Roach and Mike Capuzzo. I have a few of them in the works. Who would you like to see interviewed?

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    2. Tolkien would be good, but may be problematic.

      At the risk of sounding all "pop culture" George RR Martin would be brilliant.

      A Song of Ice and Fire, is my favourite series of books ever (I <3 Fantasy), and considering how many deaths there's been in the series, it would kinda fit.

      Although with how big Game of Thrones is, Tolkien would probably be a lot easier.

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    3. Well, I do know a medium. Maybe she could make that happen.

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  6. I've had The Murder Room on my to-read list for about a year now. I liked the sound of it and this makes me want to put it near the top of the list. Thanks. In that same vein, if you haven't already read it, or your father stolen it, read The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston. That is a page turner of the first order. If you think shark attacks are bad, I'd choose that any day over a serial killer with a fetish. Just saying.

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    1. I'll put it on my to read list. I'm in a memoir mood lately. I just finished "I'm Down" which was hilarious and now I'm reading "The Color of Water."

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