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publisher with a large number of authors each selling a small number of books. By now, 2010, self-publishing was catching on, so I thought I'd go in that direction. I didn't see a lot of sales, and I became discouraged. Around 2013, an opportuni- ty presented itself to get into audiobook narration. I tested the waters, then bought some equipment, and next thing you know, I'm narrating real novels by real authors. WTT: Another career? What kind of books did you narrate? MD: I did some good ones, like Mickey Spillane's I, THE JURY. I narrated four books for Lawrence Block. I did novels by Jim Thompson, James M Cain, Jack Kerou- ac. Heck, I even did JD Salinger. My voice, it turns out, was well-suited for noir nov- els, so I did several old novels that were made into film noir classics. WTT: What about your writing? Did you give it up? MD: No. In 2016, the narrating was slow- ing down, so I turned my energies back to writing. I wrote a trilogy of noir novels set in Miami, and they sold quite well. I even had some interest from a Hollywood agent regarding a TV series, but nothing came of it. It did tell me, however, that my writing has value. I've started a new se- ries of noir novels set in Miami Beach in the early 1950s. I've completed two of them so far. We'll see what the future brings. WTT: Thanks for your time, Mike. Best of luck to you. By the way, I'm looking forward to reading the new series. I don't know if you know, but as a kid I actually lived in Miami in 1950. β€œThe larger crimes are apt to be the simpler, for the bigger the crime, the more obvious, as a rule, is the motive.” ― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle W INTER 2019 P AGE 18 W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE T RADE