Our next guest on the Crime Cafe podcast will be Faye Snowden.

She’s giving away an autographed copy of her latest book A KILLING FIRE.

If you’d like to win a copy, just check out the instructions below the guest post.

If you’d like to know more about the writer’s life, read on!

Something that tickles me

Let’s face it. Writing is hard. That may not be a revelation to many, but frankly, I don’t think we say that enough. Writing is difficult for the experienced as well as the novice. Doris Lessing, a 2007 Nobel Prize recipient, once said, “I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.” My sister, an aspiring writer herself, once told me that if writing wasn’t hard, everyone would be doing it. I’m often asked how I find the courage to keep going in the face of such a daunting task.

I do so by reading what I’ve already written, especially excerpts that tickle or inspire me. I come away thinking that if I did it once, I can do it again. I may have to pay in blood, sweat and tears, but I’ll have something I can point to in the end.

Here’s an excerpt I often turn to. It’s from the book, A Killing Fire, the first book in my Killing series about homicide detective Raven Burns, who happens to be the daughter of serial killer Floyd Burns. The latest and second book in the series, A Killing Rain, won gold in the 2022 Foreword Indies Award, and was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger award. Writing is hard, but the final product does have its advantages.

“And what is it that you do?” Mr. Love asked Floyd.

“I’m a preachin’ man,” Floyd said.

And that’s how it started. He made it up right then and there. He mixed up all of the preachers he had seen while growing up on his family’s farm, in all of his going-to-church Sundays, in all of the evangelists selling prayers on television. He was Oral Roberts. He was Swaggart and Grahm all rolled into one. His photographic memory flashed on a piece of trivia he read in an abandoned Readers Digest at a Mariposa bus depot and he added the 1930s preacher Aimee McPherson to the mix before topping the entire preacher sundae off with Jim Bakker and his always-bawling wife, Tammy Faye. Floyd—now Fire—Burns had turned himself into a preachin’ man.

For an opportunity to read the entire book, enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of A Killing Fire. Just send an email to faye.snowden@gmail.com to enter.


Faye Snowden is the author of dark, southern gothic mysteries with strong (and flawed) women characters. She has published short stories and poems in various anthologies and literary journals.  A Killing Rain (Flame Tree 2022), the second book in her noir mystery Killing series, was named by Crimereads as one of the best southern gothic mysteries of 2022, was long listed for the CWA Gold Dagger award, and won gold in the 2022 Indies Book of the Year Award in the thriller and suspense category. Two of her short stories have been selected for The Best American Mystery & Suspense. Faye is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Color, and Mystery Writers of America. Aside from her publications, she managed two boys, a husband, five dogs and three competitive writing fellowships over the years. Today, Faye works and writes from her home in Northern California while enjoying the company of her extremely rowdy and gorgeous grandchildren. Learn more about Faye at www.fayesnowden.com.


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