Over the Christmas holiday I was desperate for short, fun read that would cleanse my palette between the romances. Usually, I’d use a suspense but for some reason there aren’t a ton of those that feature Christmas (go figure!).
Well, as I was scrounging around Amazon one lazy afternoon, I came upon something completely different – or should I say someone? Benjamin Sobieck. Ben, writes a series featuring Maynard Soloman, a gruff, down-on-his-luck private eye who surpassed dead broke just before his last surgery.
What was your inspiration behind Maynard Soloman?
Likewise, Maynard’s medical debt is why he runs a private detective business instead of retiring. Both of our lives were/are on hold because of fallout from medical problems. Maynard copes by being angry. My wife and I got through it using a keen sense of gallows humor we developed as crime reporters.
I tapped those feelings when Giovanni Gelati approached me about collaborating on a short story, “Who Whacked the Blogger?” Maynard was born in that story. I’m happy to say things have gotten much, much better since those days. Plus, Maynard is building a nice audience.
What is your favorite aspect of Maynard’s personality?
Don’t get the wrong idea, Maynard isn’t a total bastard. He’s got a good heart, even if it is pickled in piss and vinegar. Part of that comes from knowing he’s dying. He’s bitter his life will likely end without getting to enjoy retirement. The other side of that coin is doing what he thinks is right regardless of what other people think. That creates a lot of problems, and it’s the soul of any Maynard story.
Again, that’s me processing that whole kidney transplant thing. Peel away the humor, and you can see Maynard obsesses with his mortality.
Do you have any books coming out in the near future?
It’s not as far out a mash-up as it sounds. I’ve been a fan of Roberts ever since “Black Heart” put out its noir issue. She’s an incredible talent and a fan of the Maynard series. I can’t wait to see what we come up with. Crusty old Maynard, meet the authority on sex in Canada’s sin city.
I’m so excited to read more! Thanks for stopping by, Ben!
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