Name D.H. Montgomery (pen name)
Where are you from
My family were some of the earliest Scottish settlers on Prince Edwards Island, Canada. L.M. Montgomery, who wrote Anne of the Green Gables, is a second cousin several generations removed. When I was young, I lived in the Bahamas, but grew up mostly in New York.
A little about your self, your education Family life etc
I have an extensive mathematical and scientific education and used to be a professor in an engineering school. I have written a number of non-fiction books under another name. I’ve never previously written any fiction, not even a short story, and never had any intention of doing so. I hadn’t demonstrated any “creative” ability until fairly recently.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’ve just published a detective/mystery novel, “Karma Dead Ahead”. It’s meant to be the first book in the Private PSI Detective Mystery Series. PSI (pronounced like sigh) is the general term for psychic phenomenon. The two detectives, Sagacity Jeunesse and Chance Mankowski, are student researchers in a university paranormal research lab. Sagacity is bold, beautiful and knows how to handle a gun, while Chance is more cautious and intellectual. They receive help solving their crimes from a group of psychics from the local Spiritualist Church known as the “Gang of Four” and a modern witch who is an app developer and a hi-tech entrepreneur.
An incident from a previous life 200 years ago creates a karmic debt for a woman who goes missing on her Caribbean vacation. The two detectives track her down and come face to face with a maniacal killer. The resolution to the story is also determined by karma. Along the way, the two detectives have a number of adventures that make it possible to satirize many aspects of contemporary culture, including the British tabloids.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing the book in June 2014 and finished in July 2014 — five weeks in total. The entire story popped into my mind at once and I wrote it down as fast as I could type. Prior to this happening, a number of paranormal events were occurring around me. Poltergeist activity in my home was getting more pronounced and I inexplicably started doing automatic writing (I wasn’t even sure what was happening at first). The messages seemed to have been in some obscure language. Then I wrote the book. After I finished writing it, a rather severe looking male ghost appeared in my apartment. So far, he hasn’t returned.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I don’t necessarily consider myself a fiction writer and probably won’t no matter how many books I write. It’s too radical a transition from most of my earlier life. I was originally a mathematician.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The series of paranormal events just described.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Direct and clear. More action than description.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It also just came to me, but I did ponder it for a long time.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are many messages in the novel. It is much more than just a detective/mystery story. It’s filled with satire and the satirical parts are usually humorous. This allows the book to alternate between humour and suspense.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic
The references to historical occult events are accurate. The psychics however are just a little too good and should be considered more as a plot device. What the witch does with her pendulum is similar to what water witches do even today. There are also a few highly improbable events that take place, but that is one of the points of the novel — the unlikely occurs more often than you would think (these are called Black Swan events).
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well I was living in the Bahamas until I was six and the novel’s action takes place on a Caribbean island. The killer’s back story is based on something I’ve encountered in real life (which had nothing to do with a killer).
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
George Orwell’s “1984”. No mentor.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
“The Complete Jack the Ripper” by Donald Rumbelow
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
In current detective novels, I like Emily Brightwell’s Mrs Jeffries series and Alexander McCall Smith’s “The No.1 Lady Detective Agency” books. These are very charming (which I appreciate very much), but don’t have any crazed killers like the one in my novel though.
Fiona: What are your current projects? Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
In addition to writing a non-fiction book, I am most of the way through the second book of the Private PSI Detective Mystery Series. This time the two detectives, Sagacity Jeunesse and Chance Mankowski go to Paris. This story is more of a combination of a detective and a spy novel. The same cast of supporting characters — the Gang of Four psychics (an Englishwoman, an Indian man, a woman from Siberia and an energetic Puerto Ricaña), the hi-tech and fashionably dressed Indian witch, the eccentric, but worldly-wise professor and Sagacity’s larger than life mother — all appear in the second book, and will appear in all the books in the series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I would say it was quite literally an “entity”, but I don’t know any more than that.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would be more than willing to write a dozen or more Private PSI Detective Mystery novels. I enjoy the characters and I myself am interested to see what they do next.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I wouldn’t. I feel the story was meant to be the way it is.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
With fiction, it started with the unusual incident in June 2014 that I cited earlier.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
You need the overall story. Once you have that, everything else is just filling in the details.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
In detective novels, it’s Agatha Christie. She was the master of the craft and somehow managed to remain fresh through 60 books. This is an unbelievable accomplishment.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet, but I like to travel and I like to speak.
Fiona: Who designed the cover?
The book cover was designed by ilovemycover.com. They’re in Oregon, USA.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting it properly proofread. It was a little more difficult in this case because both American and British spelling and grammar conventions were used in different parts of the book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned I could write fiction, something that I never previously imagined was possible.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Be persistent. I’ve seen many people give up.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Tell your friends about the book!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was a version of Beauty and the Beast for children and had maybe 200 words and one illustration per page (the page sizes were large). I was six and struggled to read it, but managed to do so. I felt like I had made a major breakthrough and a whole new world had opened up. This memory is very vivid, but I’ve discovered it isn’t for most people.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Any number of things make me laugh. Generally, anything that is out of place or absurd. Many things make me sad, but they don’t make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
There are many people I’d like to meet, although I’ve met a number of famous people and usually they’re not as interesting in person as you hope.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
“I’ll be back”.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I often go to open mics (amateur music/poetry) at coffee houses to watch the performances.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I haven’t owned a TV for years. I like clever comedies and all the Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes TV shows and movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Tex-Mex food, blue/green, Bach and Rockabilly
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I was a teacher for several years and that fits my basic personality quite well.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have an incipient Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DH-Montgomery/1503312279959273
New York, New York
Private PSI Detective Mystery Series Launches with KARMA DEAD AHEAD
Author: D.H. Montgomery
Contact: Montgod Hunter · DMS Media Group · 646-413-4851 · montgodUSA@aol.com
Amazon Kindle — 251 pages — ASIN B010RYAVU2 — Price $2.99
ABOUT THE BOOK: Two young researchers in a university paranormal research lab become accidental detectives as they go in search of a woman who goes missing on her Caribbean vacation. They get help from a group of psychics known as the “Gang of Four” and a modern, hi-tech witch. They reveal that a karmic debt from two hundred years ago has put the woman on a path to danger. After some brilliant deductions and twists and turns, the two detectives come face to face with a deranged killer and his intended latest victim. Just as karma set off the chain of events in the beginning, it also determines the dramatic outcome.
“Karma Dead Ahead” is not just another Detective Mystery/Suspense novel. There are a number of incidents that take place that humorously satirize the corruption and dysfunction of modern institutions — the media, celebrity worship, the scientific establishment, business and elite protection from law enforcement — giving the novel depth and comic relief from the more serious main plot.
PRAISE ON AMAZON: “I found the prose to be easy to read, the plot quite well developed, and the characters well fleshed out.” — “I absolutely loved the book! Strongly recommended for an evening read!” — “There’s a fair amount of humor in the dialogue and the narrative which I enjoyed.” — “lots of characters but Montgomery has fleshed all of them out nicely” — “Great story, a real page turner that kept me engaged” — “I do insist on good writing and characters … and author D.H. Montgomery has definitely delivered with ‘Karma Dead Ahead’.”
ABOUT THE MYSTERIOUS AUTHOR: The story about how this book came about is stranger than most fiction works. D.H. Montgomery is a pen name, based on the author’s more famous second cousin, who wrote “Anne of the Green Gables.” D.H. has a background in math and science and has written a number of non-fiction books. Prior to this book, he had never written even the briefest piece of fiction, nor had he intended to do so. By the spring of 2014, he had unexplainably started doing automatic writing and there
was poltergeist activity where he lived. One day, the entire 250 manuscript popped into his mind
at once. It took five weeks to write it down. After it was finished, a ghost appeared in his home.