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Chandler author-artist keeping busy this season

November 23rd, 2021 SanTan Sun News
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Chandler author-artist keeping busy this season

Santan Sun News Staff

Chandler novelist-artist Laurie Fagen is a busy woman.

She has just released the third novel in “Behind the Mic” mystery series while her other interests are keeping her active during the holiday season.

The Fox Crossing author and longtime journalist has released her third novel in the series, title “Bleeder.”

Her protagonist, a Chandler radio crime reporter named Lisa Powers, helps police solve cold cases and because she’s in a gritty crime world all day, she writes campy murder mystery podcasts at night.

The main storyline of “Bleeder” focuses on “the often silent yet violent world of domestic violence,” Fagen explained. “My protagonist also investigates a cold case that may have been a result of a domestic incident as well.”

At the same time, Powers is covering the trial of a cop shooter who took her hostage in the previous “Behind the Mic” novel, titled “Dead Air.”

Fagen relied on her previous broadcasting career to take readers behind the scenes of that trial.

She used her experience running a contemporary art gallery in Chandler for her character’s podcast, titled “Art of the Steal,” where a gallery owner is found dead, a painting is missing and plenty of suspects emerge.

Fagen on her website, readlauriefagen.com, writes that the domestic violence story that launches “Bleeder” comes “mostly from my imagination, with a little help from various writers police academy sessions I have attended over the years. Some of the cop information about ‘DV’ is also from talking to law enforcement at those workshops as well.”

Fagen had a three-decade journalism and video production career that included KTAR News Radio in Phoenix; KWWL-TV, an NBC affiliate television station in Waterloo, IA; The Phoenix Channel, the City of Phoenix government access cable television channel; as owner of Word Painting and writer, producer and director for corporate video; and as former owner and publisher of SanTan Sun News, with her late husband, Geoff Hancock.

Fagen will also have her fiber and jewelry work on display and for sale at the 25th annual Hidden In The Hills studio tour at The Images Studio #18, 6925 E. Windstone Trail, Scottsdale.

In addition, Fagen Designs’ fiber wall art can be seen at The Finer Arts Gallery, a new art space at 6137 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek.

She will be volunteering at the Gallery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 11. Info: FagenDesigns.com, facebook.com/FagenDesigns and thefinerartsgallery.com.

Fagen also will sing Christmas songs accompanied by pianist Pam Morita of Phoenix with several other performers during a holiday concert 7 p.m. Dec. 3 for a fundraiser for the House of Broadcasting Museum.

The nonprofit House of Broadcasting, is dedicated to educating the public and preserving and celebrating the history, personalities, and paraphernalia of radio and television in Arizona. It is one of only five museums in the country dedicated to the broadcast industry. The four others are in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Washington D. C.

All those on stage have worked in radio and television.

It will be performed live at Central United Methodist Church, Kendall Hall, 1875 N. Central, Phoenix then rebroadcast on AZTV Channel 7 (AZtv.com). Information: houseofbroadcasting.com. Tickets: 602-944-1997.

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