Ricardo Fleshman is the author of the Detective Byone Series. The novels- The Dying Dance (2013), The Devil’s Serum (2014), The Cemetery Paintings (2014), Death on Canal
Street (2015), The Shiver Men (2015) and The Voodoo Detective (2016) follow the so-called Voodoo Detective through dark and sinister cases set between a grimy but mysterious 1970’s New Orleans and international locations. Ricardo is an avid reader, travels extensively with favorite destinations in the United States South and also international locations in South America and Europe. He is a fan of horror books and movies, dark art and “The Blues.” He is a member of the prestigious Virginia Writer’s Club and resides in Northern Virginia with his family where he continues to write more of the Detective Byone series and the all new Armond Fontenot Mysteries.
Interview with Ricardo Fleshman:
Matthew Tofolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novel?
Ricardo Fleshman: The Dying Dance is a dark noir-type private detective novel set in New Orleans in the 1970’s. The book, as well does the series, incorporates elements of New Orleans and Louisiana history and culture into the storylines.
MT: Why should people buy your novel?
RF: The series is not for everyone. I will be the first to admit that. However, if a reader enjoys mysteries and detective fiction, these book put a nice spin on that genre and add many more things so that they do not read like other detective novels. They are fun reads for the hard-core detective lover as well as those new to the genre.
MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?
RF: Cultural detective
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
RF: The Maltese Falcon
MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
RF: In short, yes. I remember writing a letter to the editor of the local newspaper when I was around 7-8 years old. I knew then that I’ve always wanted to write and the culmination of my life’s experiences and love of writing is evidenced in the Detective Byone series.
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
RF: Have you read a novel more than once? I cannot say I have an all-time favorite novel but there are many that I have enjoyed to read more than once. Several books by Stephen King, Clive Barker or Dashiell Hammet to name a few.
MT: What motivates you to write?
RF: I have a fire that burns within me, the continuing story that needs to be told is what motivates me. I don’t know if I will ever finish that story or that fire will ever go out and so I continue to write to satisfy it.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
RF: The two writers (a writing duo) that I would love to have to dinner are Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Their Agent Pendergast series is one of my favorites and I would love to pick their brains.
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
RF: I love international travel. Getting to see the world and not just another physical place on the planet but actually getting to immerse yourself in another culture is something that is truly amazing and educational.
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
RF: If you are truly passionate about writing, never stop. Write to be read, certainly, but never stop writing for yourself. Write because you enjoy it and hone your craft, striving always to become a better and more prolific writer.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.