How Did Film Noir End Up In The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series?

How Did Film Noir End Up In The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series?

Someone recently asked me how I decided to write in the noir genre and when I answered, she said I should tell my readers because they might be interested. So here goes…

The truth is, I kind of stumbled into using film noir in the Reed Ferguson mystery series. I’ve always loved mysteries and have read many of the greats (Chandler, Cain, Hammett), along with plenty of modern mystery series. And I love old movies, not necessarily noir, and old TV shows. So when I was working on Reed’s character, I thought it would be a fun twist to have him want to emulate the great detectives, and yet not have all the baggage they do. I did research on old detective movies and of course Humphrey Bogart came up, and I thought it’d be fun to have Reed want to be like Bogie. But I didn’t intend to have film noir movies referenced in all the books.
As a matter of fact, in Reel Estate Rip-off, the second book in the series, I initially didn’t have noir references, but some references to the old TV western show, Bonanza. Both books sat on a shelf for a long time, and then I published This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies, and as I was polishing up Reel Estate Rip-off, I realized that Reed needed to keep referencing film noir. So Bonanza hit the cutting room floor and The Killers was introduced in book two. By now feedback for This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies was positive, and readers were saying they liked the film noir references, so I kept it.Turns out that was a good decision – I like that aspect of Reed’s character, and readers seem to as well. And the more books I’ve written in the series, the more I’ve studied film noir. There are some great movies in the genre, and for an old movie buff like me, it’s been a lot of fun to watch some classic noir.
So there you have it.

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  • Andy Kelley Reply

    Hi Renee, currently reading Web Of Deceit and really enjoying it. I went to Regis College so the street names bring back many memories particularly Larimer Street which used to be filled with rundown cowboy bars. Again , great writing, regards, Andy kelley

    March 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm
    • Renee Pawlish Reply

      Glad you’re enjoying it, and the trip down memory lane.

      March 17, 2016 at 3:08 pm
  • sharon wilson Reply

    Renee…thank u so much for bring back a time where sex and swearing were not 2nd nature in books and movies! Its so very refreshing to have great books at our fingertips!
    God bless u for standing out!

    December 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm
    • Renee Pawlish Reply

      Thank you, so nice to hear that!

      December 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm

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