A new YA mystery!
Welcome, Jeremy! What 5 things should reader know about you?
- I really do live in Carpinteria, CA.
- My characters are loosely based on my son and his friends.
- I love hiking, mountain bike riding, and writing.
- Married to a great wife.
- I’m a jeweler in my other life.
A jeweler? Interesting!
Tell us about your main characters.
My characters are based on years of having observed my son and his friends. What I hoped to achieve were characters that accurately reflected real teenagers—at least that reflected some of the ones from Carpinteria. There was always the conflict of writing real dialogue. As an example, the “F-word” is used much, much more in real life than I depicted in my books. The same could be said when talking about sex. What one thing would they need to have with them if stranded on a desert isle? That’s tough! I can think of a bunch of things: a storage container of freeze-dried food; fishing tackle; an inflatable yacht; a yurt; and of course, a king-sized box of condoms.
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
If you haven’t already guessed, it came from my son and his friends. Then again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include all the wonderful authors I’ve read over the years. They’re all inspiring.
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
I’ve been writing fiction for about four or five years. I had so much fun writing the first book, I wrote the sequel. And then the third…the fourth, fifth, sixth, and then two other non-related books. As for who inspired me, see #3.
Eight books! Impressive J
What do you like best about being a writer? What is the most challenging part of being a writer?
I like best the writing, the telling of a story. Storytelling is fun! The most challenging part, without a doubt, is getting published.
I believe it!
What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?
I’m currently editing the next five books in the series. I actually just got done changing one of them from first person, present tense, to first person, past tense. What a chore! The next book largely takes place in the Bay Area over Winter Break where Jake and friends discover something in Golden Gate Park that will change all their lives forever.
Wow! That would be a lot of work. And editing five books at once—whoa!
What authors and/or books have inspired you?
Tough question. There have been so many. I always loved the style of Robert B. Parker. Robert Crais also comes to mind. My wife and I read the whole Harry Potter series out loud to our son when he was growing up. J.K. Rowling is undeniably a great writer. I like the upbeat style of early Heinlein. I like Barry Eisler’s, John Rain series. So many great authors!
J.K. Rowling is amazing! I need to read her non-HP books.
What are you currently reading? What are your thoughts about it so far?
I just started a Barry Eisler story about a kick-ass Mossad spy named Delilah. Can’t recall the title. Her bosses just assigned her to go undercover and become friends with the sister of a suspected terrorist. So far, so good.
If you had to “sell” this book on in a single Tweet, what would you say?
Ask my wife; she’d the salesperson!
Hmmm. That seems like cheating… 😉
Jeremy Gold is seventeen years old…in his mind. He lives in Carpinteria, California, a small beachside town, ten miles south of its more celebrated sister, Santa Barbara. He loves hiking, mountain bike riding, and of course, writing. Death at Carp High is the first in the six-part Jake Brown mystery series.Jeremy and his wife, Calla, have been married since 1979. Any resemblance between their 21-year-old son, Dan, and Jake Brown is purely…understandable.
Publication date: April 7th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Jake Brown is your average, above-average kid. He generally has his mind on the usual things that male high school seniors think about: girls, avoiding Spanish class, girls, pizza, surfing, girls, and of course, girls. None of that changes when he and his best friend, Dean, go surfing and find a body with a hole in its head floating beyond the waves.
Shortly after “the big discovery,” Sydney, a cross country running teammate of Jake’s, asks him to go to Morp—“Prom” spelled backwards—a Sadie Hawkins-style dance where the girls ask out the boys. As if life isn’t exciting enough trying to solve a murder, it looks like Jake is about to have his fondest wish granted—a real, live girlfriend. Despite Sydney’s obvious attraction to him, it takes a little work to convince Jake the attraction is real. Luckily, Sydney is very convincing.
In the beginning, Jake and Dean try keeping Lily and Sydney out of harm’s way, but high school girls are pros at teasing out even the most well-kept secrets. Eventually, the foursome becomes entangled in clues—and preoccupied with making sure dire threats from their prime suspect don’t pan out!
Death at Carp High has as many peaks and troughs as a winter swell at Rincon, and it’s all Jake and Dean can do to avoid wiping out.