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Chandler novelist busy on a number of fronts

December 8th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Chandler novelist busy on a number of fronts
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SanTan Sun News Staff

Chandler artist, singer and novelist Laurie Fagen has been busy on several fronts these days.

She’s just completed an audiobook, is prepping for a singing engagement to help a nonprofit and is busy making plans for a new weekly podcast that will debut next month.

Fagen, who lives in Fox Crossing, has just completed a third audiobook of the latest of her three crime fiction mystery novels in her “Behind the Mic” series.

“Bleeder,” which she wrote and narrates, is available on Amazon and Audible as well as a variety of other sites where audiobooks are sold.

It’s the continuing story of young radio reporter Lisa Powers, who covers the crime beat for her Chandler radio station; helps police solve cold cases; and who writes campy murder mystery podcasts in her spare time.

“The ‘podcast’ story in this book is called ‘Art of the Steal,’ about a dead gallery owner, a missing painting and plenty of suspects,” explained Fagen. “I brought five actors, including the comedic genius Dave Specht of Chandler, into my home studio this summer to record their voices for the audiobook.

“We had such a great time, and I think Dave voiced eight different characters,”

Other actors included Ann Videan of Mesa, Andrea Beaulieu of Phoenix and Leroy Timblin and Tess Jenkins from Glendale.

The print books are also available at d’Vine Gourmet in Chandler as well as Changing Hands in Tempe.

Fagen, a long-time jazz singer, will also perform holiday songs at the “Living Legends of Broadcasting Holiday Concert,” a fundraiser for the nonprofit House of Broadcasting, Inc.

It will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Central Methodist United Church, 1875 North Central Ave. in Phoenix. Fagen will take the stage with Mike Chamberlin, Alice Tatum, Rita Davenport, Jan D’Atri, Pat McMahon, Buddy Owens, David Miller and Dave Munsey.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and children under 12 are free. For tickets and further information contact Mary Morrison at 602-944-1997or email pschu@q.com. For more details, visit www.houseofbroadcasting.com.

“Murder in the Air Mystery Theatre” is the name of the weekly podcast Fagen is launching in January 2023. It will feature readings of short stories by mystery, suspense and thriller authors as well as episodes from the “podcast” portion of Fagen’s first two audiobooks, “Fade Out” and “Dead Air.”

The podcast will be available wherever podcasts are heard, including Spotify, Amazon Music and others.

“Since I published my first book in 2016 with a ‘podcast’ story in it, most people thought I had a real podcast,” Fagen said. “But it only lived in my protagonist’s story, until now. I’m excited to be launching an actual podcast.”

She is working with her audio video content creator son, Devon Hancock, son of the late Geoff Hancock, former publisher of SanTan Sun News.

Devon is editing, mixing and mastering both her audiobooks and the upcoming podcast.

“It’s such a joy to work with my very talented son, who also composed original music for the podcast and the audiobooks,” Fagen said.

Fagen also is available to speak in person or via Zoom to book clubs, service organizations, critique groups or whomever wants to hear about her writing journey.

Topics include about writing mysteries, making the transition from journalist to novelist, writing strong female characters among other topics. Email her at Laurie@ReadLaurieFagen.com for her availability.

Information: ReadLaurieFagen.com.