Posted on May 2, 2018
This interview is too good not to share…
What was the inspiration for Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder?
“A few summers ago, I was researching an idea that disease occurs first at the molecular level and if we could attack it there, we might find cures that don’t kill people. Truly, I have no idea why this thought occurred to me but, accustomed to following my curiosity down a rabbit hole, I looked up molecular medicine and realized a huge amount of investigation is being done in this area.
But I also discovered that serious medical researchers sometimes massage their results to show a better outcome than their experiments actually produced—changing, for instance, a drug’s efficacy from nil to positive. I read enough to realize this happens at the very best laboratories and at the highest levels of medical research. Instantly, the first part of a title for a new novel, Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally… flashed across my mind.
What kind of person would falsify the results of a clinical trial that affects people’s lives and under what circumstances would they do that? Did they want fame, adulation, power? The answer to my questions was Charlotte Rolle—brilliant, beautiful, and very determined to get a Nobel Prize in medicine for finding a way to cure brain cancer.
Once Charlotte appeared, I knew the last word of the title: Murder. Someone had to die. And Detective Sam Lagarde had to find the killer.”
Such a treat to be featured on Quiet Fury Books. Scroll to the interview. Darcia Helle asks wonderful questions.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
This is really a complicated question but these days, if I could wave a magic wand, I would erase hatred from everyone’s hearts all at once so that we could feel our inherent brotherhood with everyone else.
Delighted to share this piece I wrote for Temenos, a literary journal that published my short story “Finding the Square Root of Everything.
Finding the Root
by Ginny Fite
Several years ago while driving to the supermarket, a thought flashed through my mind with the speed of a ping pong ball passing through a vacuum: Our memories aren’t facts, they aren’t the truth, but just the story we tell ourselves about who we are.
Link to the rest here: https://www.temenosjournal.com/ginny-fite.html
I love meeting with book clubs to discuss my novels. Here are some questions to get you started in your discussion.
Book Club Questions
1. How did you experience the book? Were you immediately drawn into the story–or did it take you a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate, irritate, or frighten you?
2. Do you find the characters convincing? Are they believable? Compelling? Are they fully developed as complex, emotional human beings–or are they one-dimensional?
3. Which characters do you particularly admire or dislike? What are their primary characteristics?
4. What motivates a given character’s actions? Do you think those actions are justified or ethical?
5. Do any characters grow or change during the course of the novel? If so, in what way?
6. Who in this book would you most like to meet? What would you ask—or say?
7. If you could insert yourself as a character in the book, what role would you play? You might be a new character or take the place of an existing one.
8. Is the plot well-developed? Is it believable? Do you feel manipulated along the way, or do plot events unfold naturally, organically?
9. Is the story plot or character driven? In other words, do events unfold quickly? Or is more time spent developing characters’ inner lives? Does it make a difference to your enjoyment?
10. Consider the ending. Did you expect it or were you surprised? Was it manipulative? Was it forced? Was it neatly wrapped up–too neatly? Or was the story unresolved, ending on an ambiguous note?
11. If you could rewrite the ending, would you? In other words, did you find the ending satisfying? Why or why not.
12. Can you pick out a passage that strikes you as particularly profound or interesting–or perhaps something that sums up the central dilemma of the book?
13. Does the book remind you of your own life? An event or situation? A person–a friend, family member, boss, co-worker?
14. If you were to talk with the author, what would you want to know? (Many authors enjoy talking with book clubs. I’m happy to chat by Facetime or in person.)
15. Have you read my other books? Can you discern a similarity—in theme, writing style, structure—between them? Or are they completely different?
Posted on March 2, 2018
Reviewed By Ankita Shukla for Readers’ Favorite
What does one expect in a murder mystery? I, as a reader, look for an intriguing investigation, gripping suspense, occasional drama, deceptive characters, and a charismatic detective who has a life beyond the case that he is working on. Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally…Murder by Ginny Fite ticks all these boxes. The plot begins when Harold Munson is found dead in his car. It could have been closed as a drunken driving case if it weren’t for two bullets holes in the driver’s side window. Detective Sam Lagarde is given the case. He does not believe in speculation but his girlfriend, Beverly, has no such reservations. She has taken an interest in Harold Munson’s case and has a strong suspicion that his wife, Charlotte Rolle, is somehow involved in his murder. According to her, Harold must be having an affair, his wife would have found out about it, hence she conspired in his murder. The investigation, however, did not turn out that straightforward. Sam very quickly realizes that this case will need all his attention and time. He and his new partner, Corporal Jim Taylor, must move fast or risk this case joining a long list of cold cases.
The most amusing aspect of Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally…Murder by Ginny Fite is its diverse cast of characters. There are scientists, detectives, techies, business partners, and more. The job profiles are so varied that it’s hard not to be hooked. The author does not shy away from throwing a little bit of significant light onto each of these careers. Charlotte Rolle is a scientist who would do anything to prove her value to her father. She wants to achieve fame and will not tolerate anything or anyone being an obstacle in her path. She is career-oriented and driven, but with an ulterior motive. I joined her team since the author narrated her past. This is a very handy technique to connect readers to the characters. If I know somebody’s past, I find myself understanding them, and thus relating to them. I mentioned only Charlotte because, against my better judgment, I liked her character a lot. She knows what she wants and goes after it. She is not afraid to be judged by society. I like her feistiness.
If you read closely, you will realize that the author has made the book much more than just a murder investigation. Of course, the primary genre remains murder mystery, but there are many threads that have come together to make this a story worth your time. Sam’s fear of a lonely life without Beverly, Charlotte’s insane quest to throw her success in her father’s face, a child’s need to seek acceptance in the eyes of their parents, the effects of the generation gap, and a man’s tendency to think from his crotch are the emotional and practical parameters that enhanced my interest in this book. I am amazed by the author’s knowledge of medicine and science. Either the author has worked in these fields or has devoted an incredible amount of time researching these. I enjoyed every second of reading this book. This book is a treat for readers looking for a fast-paced and gripping murder mystery filled with several twists, emotions, and sexual dramas.
Posted on February 24, 2018
Charlotte had a lot to prove. Especially to her father who thought she would always be,like her mother, second rate in her profession-or at least she was in his eyes. Often she had fantasized about shoving her ground breaking research down his throat, literally. She was comfortable, lived in a nice house with her husband, Harold, had lovers on the side, and always got what she wanted. She had thought the complex ties of her work were beyond the understanding of her husband, but he had seen something that had changed their relationship forever. But was it something to kill over?
Delighted to announce I’ll be part of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime Authors Panel
May 17, 6 p.m.
Hamilton Branch Library,
Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214.
Here’s the line up:
Barbara Bourland – Fashion magazine editor Catherine Ono (amateur detective)
John DeDakis – Investigative journalist Lark Chadwick
Ginny Fite – State Police Detective Sam Lagarde
Eileen McIntire – The 90s Club at Whisperwood Retirement Village
Meg Opperman – Mystery short stories
Jill Yesko – Baltimore private detective Jane Ronson
Eileen McIntire, president of the Maryland Writers Association, will lead the panel.
Looking forward to being interrogated by mystery readers!
Today, The Big Thrill magazine featured a quick interview with me about Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder, set for release on Feb. 10. I, for one, am totally thrilled.
Posted on January 31, 2018
The third mystery in the Detective Sam Lagarde series, Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder is set for release on Feb. 10, 2018!
Readings/signings and book talk are scheduled for:
Four Seasons Books, 116 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Winchester Book Gallery, 185 N. Loudon St., Winchester, Va., March 3 at 2 p.m.
Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town, W.Va., March 10 at 2 p.m.
South Jefferson Public Library, 49 Church St., Summit Point, W.Va., March 18 at 3 p.m.
Delighted to be reading my short story, “Unmentionables,” today, Nov. 18, 2017, at the Bethesda Writer’s Center as part of The Delmarva Review’s launch of its 10th Anniversary issue. The event is at 2 p.m. 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Maryland and is free and open to the public.
“Unmentionables” is one of 17 linked short stories in a collection titled Stronger in Heaven which was recently long-listed for the Santa Fe Writer’s Project award.