Kristi Belcamino on ‘Blessed Are Those Who Mourn’
Author Kristi Belcamino chats with us about Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, the fourth book in her mystery series starring. San Francisco Bay Area reporter Gabriella Giovanni.
What can readers who never experienced your world before expect?
My books have been called “disturbing” by the uber talented Alex Marwood and I figure that’s a fair warning to those who pick them up. At the same time my books and the world I create is extremely dark, they don’t contain gratuitous or explicit violence and they always have a strong message of hope. I want my readers to finish the last page and be filled with hope and light and maybe even shed a few happy tears.
You and Gabriella are both police reporters. Tell us a little bit about how your real world job compares to her fictional job.
Gabriella has way more freedom than I do as a reporter. She can spend days and weeks working on one story, which is more like what an investigative reporter would be able to do. For cops reporters, we are always chasing the latest breaking news, so unless it was a gigantic story, we are always juggling several stories at once instead of having the luxury of spending time working on one particular story.
In addition, there can be mind-numbing days on end where there isn’t anything newsworthy to write about. That’s the downside of real police reporting. Of course if you live in a high crime big city that wouldn’t be an issue. I was crazy busy as a reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area – there seemed to be a new unbelievably bizarre crime story every week. Here in St. Paul, Minnesota, not so much, although we did just have a story in our paper where a guy decapitated a woman he knew with a four-foot long sword.
What other fictional characters could you see Gabriella sitting down for dinner with?
I think Gabriella’s first choice would have to be Kay Scarpetta from Patricia Cornwell’s books. They are both Italian-American women who cook good food like nobody’s business and then can sit and talk about all the corpses they’ve seen over their red wine and pasta fazool.
What are the three must have ingredients you need to write a book?
My laptop. Coffee. My family’s support.
What can readers expect next from you?
I’m knee-deep in writing my first adult crime fiction stand-alone book. I’m in the infatuation stage of the writing process and having a blast. It is more challenging for me than other books I’ve written because it is the first book that won’t be written in first person. So far, I love the freedom this gives me as I create this new world.
Kristi Belcamino is a writer, crime reporter, and Italian-American mama who makes a tasty biscotti. As a reporter, she flew in an FA-18 jet with the Blue Angels, raced a Dodge Viper at Laguna Seca, and attended barbecues at the morgue. Her first book, Blessed are the Dead, based on her dealings with a serial killer, is nominated for the 2015 Anthony and Macavity awards. Find out more at blessedarethedead.com.
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