Short, Sharp Interview: Jim Winter

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BadReligion-ebook300PDB: What can you tell us about your latest book?

Bad Religion has Nick Kepler shadowing the pastor of a popular suburban church. When they shift their focus to a televangelist, who is higher up in the food chain, people start getting hurt, even killed.

PDB: What is the best thing about writing a series as opposed to a standalone book?

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time. Even if a story is meant to stand on its own, you have all that “research” you did writing the earlier stories.

PDB: You’re a pretty regular blogger. Why?

I used to want to write a newspaper column. At one time, I thought I could become the next Dave Barry. Unfortunately, newspapers are a dying breed, so now it’s more of an indulgence. It’s a different set of writing muscles from writing fiction.

PDB: You’re a big music fan. Who floats your boat? 

Well, it’s no secret I’m a huge Foo Fighters fan, especially since they’ve brought back Pat Smear and gone to the three-guitar format. And I still worship Shirley Manson of Garbage as the red-haired goddess. But I’ve been picking up unknown bands here and there. One of the latest is Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. That girl can rock.
Jim 2012
PDB: Would you rather win a Grammy or a Pulitzer Prize?

Neither. You almost have to fake quality to get a Pulitzer, and Grammies are awards for being fake. How well can you program a computer? Well, I program computers, and no one’s giving me a Grammy. If I wanted an award, I think I’d want an Edgar or a Hugo.

PDB: Where can people find out more about your writing?

Bio: Jim Winter was born near Cleveland in 1966. In 1991, he moved to Cincinnati marry the love of his life. He finally met her in 2008 and married her before she could change her mind.  Jim is the author of Bad Religion, Road Rules, Northcoast Shakedown, Second Hand Goods, and The Compleat Kepler. He has previously reviewed for Crimespree, January Magazine, and Mystery Scene. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Nita, and stepson, AJ. Visit him at