Every Tuesday, get to know a bit about the stories behind the books you love, and discover your next favourite novel.
Sabitha: We have John Luke Maxwell on the blog, with an absolutely delightful novel, Jean Locke Holmes: Pornstar Detective — The Phantom of Nob Hill Theater. John, tell us a bit about your book please!
John: For Rafael, the hits keep coming—losing his job, quarantine lockdown, bills piling up, and now…dumped by his boyfriend.
When a bad day seems only destined to get worse, something finally goes right. Retired porn legend Jean Locke Holmes stops by the used bookstore where Rafael managed to pick up a few hours. This is a man Rafael idolizes and has had many dirty fantasies about. Shockingly, Holmes seems to take a liking to Rafael. Sparks soon fly between the two men.
But sparks also fly on stage. During a charity performance featuring Locke at the recently-closed Nob Hill Theatre, a set of lights comes crashing down—and it’s clear this was no accident. Someone is out to murder porn stars.
But Holmes is a man of surprises. With his keen eyes and a knack for spotting details others miss, he soon leads Rafael hot on the trail of clues in a deadly chase. But will they catch the murderer before the murderer catches them?
Sabitha: This book sounds like such a fun combination of things. What inspired you to write it?
John: I’ve been a fan of mysteries for almost as long as I have been alive. My favorite cartoon show as a toddler was Scooby-Doo! lol I wanted to be a mystery writer for years and finally took the plunge.
Sabitha: We have a lot of writers in our community. What’s your writing process?
Jonathan: Usually, I plan a lot before I ever get started writing. I can never write just one book. An idea grows into several before very long so I lay out the overall plot before I get down to business. I also like to have a couple of book titles worked out because they help serve as a kind of memory road map. Even then, though, a lot about a book and the series as a whole can change while I’m writing it. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.
Sabitha: How did you choose the title?
John: I wanted the “detective” character to have a career that no one would take seriously. And I had tossed around the idea of a porn star who stumbles upon a murder mystery plot. The Nob Hill Theater has a lot of history to it in the queer community. That influenced the setting and title as well. Plus, a lot of us like a good ghost story. 😉
Sabitha: Yes we do! When you picture your ideal reader, what are they like?
John: I hope that people enjoy a bit of fun with their mystery like I do, and they have fun following along with a mystery story as well. 🙂
Sabitha: Thanks for sharing your story and your process. We’re looking forward to reading! Where can the Night Beats community find you and your book?